Mental Health in Fiction by Amanda Meuwissen
December 12

Mental Health in Fiction by Amanda Meuwissen


I love fantasy—high fantasy, urban fantasy, sci-fi, and superhero tales. They’re all enchanting to me, and I think one of the best vehicles for getting across some of the heavier real-life things that can often be difficult to express.

After Vertigo is not my first foray into a superhero love story. That was my duology Lovesick, made up of Lovesick Gods and Lovesick Titans. In that story, I paired a superhero and his nemesis, who eventually teamed up to defeat a larger villain. Their romance began as just sex, set in motion by the hero going through some very heavy issues, specifically bipolar depression that is never cured throughout the story, but very seriously addressed and dealt with over time in ways that show how there is no quick fix for mental illness, but it can be treated and lived with. 

While not quite as heavy as those topics, After Vertigo tackles social anxiety, how easy it is to withdraw from people, and how working through that takes work, and doesn’t mean you have to change who you are, but simply try to be healthy whatever ways that means for you. 

I think it’s important to address these types of things in fantastical stories because it lets us escape into a safe place to consider them and discover more about ourselves and others that maybe we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about in everyday life. 

There’s action, adventure, mystery, and some rather steamy romance in After Vertigo, but like all my works, it’s also a story about people finding their way in life, and I hope readers that give this tale a chance enjoy that aspect of it and relate that much more with my hero. 




In a flash, the world changed. A solar flare—later dubbed Vertigo—activated the DNA of more than half the world’s people, granting them special abilities. Brilliant scientist Benjamin Krane might be Powerless, but his inventions are the only thing giving the police a fighting chance against super-powered evil. Ben doesn’t have much of a life beyond work, and when he gets wind of a robbery one evening, he decides to test his newest invention personally….

A thief, rogue, and shameless flirt, Grey Miller—aka the Streak—likes shiny things, but he doesn’t hurt people. When Ben catches him—and proposes they team up against the real bad guys—Grey doesn’t know whether it’s the offer or the man he can’t resist. But one thing’s for sure—they’re an ideal match in more ways than one.

With a psychotic supervillain’s catastrophic plan moving forward and everyone he cares about in danger, now might not be the best time for Ben to give in to Grey’s seduction, no matter how tempting. Grey is a man of secrets, and if Ben wants a future with him, he’ll have to learn to trust Grey—and himself.


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