What Is It Like to Fight PTSD and Sail Around Cape Horn? Stephen J. O'Shea Sails with Veteran to Find Out.
Imagine sailing around Cape Horn in an effort to wrestle some of the world's most treacherous waters and the haunting memories of war. Author Stephen O’Shea and U.S. Navy veteran Taylor Grieger do just that -- the documentary HELL OR HIGH SEAS (https://www.hellorhighseas.com/) follows their journey. But this isn’t the only time that Stephen O’Shea has come face-to-face with a veteran looking for solace.
O’Shea, inspired by the impact of war and military life on veterans, wrote From the Land of Genesis (a 2020 Pen Faulkner Award nominee), a profound collection centered on veterans whose lives have been permanently affected by the wars of Afghanistan and Iraq. Based on research and interviews that O’Shea conducted himself, these interwoven stories offer insight to the struggles that veterans face upon returning home. However, the stories also feature glimpses of hope amidst the despairing truths that make for beautiful stories veterans can relate to, and for civilian readers to experience vicariously the extremes of the human condition.
Stephen J. O’Shea is a writer, documentarian, and (now) sailor, who tells stories to stay alive. His research for From the Land of Genesis was the catalyst for the sailing expedition around Cape Horn to raise awareness about veteran suicide rates. Having miraculously survived that feat, he's now writing and producing stories through a number of mediums, including literature and film.
Initially published in November 2020, the short story collection is being brought back to the spotlight with the release of the documentary, which is now available in select theaters and will begin streaming on October 12th. The documentary, from director Glenn Holsten, producer Chayne Gregg, and executive producer Robert Irvine, is projected to have a remarkable run in the indie film world.
We invite members of the media to reach out to the author for interviews, events, readings, and other collaborative media opportunities. Mr. O’Shea can be contacted HERE.
From the Land of Genesis is available as a paperback ($17.00; 302p.), ebook, and an audiobook. Ingram Book Group distributes the title to the market.
Unsolicited Press was founded in 2012 and is based in Portland, OR. The press strives to produce exceptional works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from award-winning authors. Learn more at www.unsolicitedpress.com.
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