DR. MEL'S MESSAGE - From my novels to my other projects, no telling what you will read. This is the only place you will get to read about how I developed a screenplay into a novel and what is the driving force. I will talk about many things from films to books to acting to producing. It really will depend on where my mind takes me. I hope you will join me on this journey.
My name is Jessica Madden and I am a small business owner, a devoted daughter, and a pet parent to a pack of rescues. Since 2010, my husband and I have been proudly running a neighborhood pub & grub in the heart of Texas. For five of those years, we spent Mother's Day weekend raising money for the AFE Foundation. That was until Covid. Our benefit has been shuttered ever since, along with our mission to help #EndAFE. You see, AFE is a complication during pregnancy that happens just as labor begins, resulting in the death of both mother and baby 60% of the time. This is what happened to my friend's sister; Micki and her unborn son- Mason. Huge pregnant, she woke up at 4am to pee... found on the bathroom floor when she didn't come back to bed, both mother and baby were already gone. Her daughter, Hannah, was only 3 at the time. A tragedy beyond measure. Miranda Klassen, from the AFE Foundation, helped Micki's family when they couldn't put one foot in front of the other. They are pure angels sent straight from Heaven. Now we honor the memory of Micki & Mason with a giant annual donation, but the lockdowns and shortages put an end to traditional fundraising and set us back 2 years. Looking to pivot out of a dying industry and into an occupation that empowers the next generation of women, while making up for the last two years of lost donations... has led me to write this children's book. In my grandmother's name, I want to create wholesome, old-fashioned books, for little girls, designed to instill a love of reading & learning that endures long after her first iPhone... plus raise money for charity. After all, it's like my father always told me- No guts. No Glory.