Hope Speaks Louder: Will O' Shire


Welcome to another adventure within the multiverse! For this adventure, we are jumping into something hopeful and something tragic within the same breath. We are pleased to open up Studio-V to fantasy author, Will O’Shire. Will was a guest during our 3 Rivers Comic Con coverage. If you missed that episode, or want to hear more about his books, click here. Will is the author behind The Fae Awakening series. For this episode, though, we are peeking into the man behind the fantasy. A man who has been subject to bullying, emotional trauma, and isolation.


In doing conventions, we always circle an interview to end on the subject of mental health. Specifically, decreasing the stigma around it. One thing that we have found in our coverage is that sometimes, it’s always hard for people to acknowledge symptoms of mental health conditions because they are not visible to the eye. Similarly, we find that emotional abuse may fall into the same category. However, emotional abuse holds the same weight as that of physical abuse. Some scars of the emotional abuse can have lasting effects. Will O’Shire is living proof that. His emotional abuse led the isolation and even more lasting damage. Words have weight. They can give life as much as take it. Please understand the weight of what you say. If you need anyone to talk to, click our resources button.


In this episode, Will shares how his childhood experiences with emotional abuse and a family struggling with alcoholism took him away from learning childhood basics. He rekindles how at the tender of age of 18, he almost had to relearn a lot of his life. He had to relearn how to process emotions and to interact with people around him. Now, at the age of 34, Will has spent many appointments in therapy and discusses the importance of why we need to open up. Why theory and counseling and community play such a huge part in the recovery process. Once again, if you need the resources. Feel free to click here.


And more importantly, if you or someone you know is struggling with suicide, addiction, self-harm or depression - please free feel to reach out. Use any our resources, call the suicide lifeline (1-800-273-8255) or text 741-741. 

Credits: Music by Beggars.