Author Sharon Ann Turns Trauma into Telling New Memoir

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‘The Will O’Wisp’ delves into parental brainwashing, psychological abuse, mental illness

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Author Sharon Ann recalls repressed childhood memories, revealing the extent to which damage can be done through psychological mistreatment in “The Will O’Wisp: A Memoir” (published by Lulu).

Kirkus Review writes that “The Will O’Wisp” is a “beautifully wrought memoir of a modest American dream morphing into a terrible nightmare.” Spanning from the mid-1950s to the late 60s, Ann traces her family’s gradual transition from true happiness to a life of secrets and misery.

Alcoholism, mental illness, and a poor Irish girlhood plague Ann’s mother and fuel her penchant for achieving wealth and high status. As she transforms into a drunken divorcee in pursuit of a new, white-collar husband, she comes to brainwash her children into hating and, finally, forgetting their gentle Italian-American father.

Ann hopes that, through her story, readers will realize that emotional torture and mental cruelty can be just as harrowing as physical abuse.

“The Will O’Wisp”
By Sharon Ann
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 306 pages | ISBN 9781105993350
E-Book | 306 pages | ISBN 9781300742302

About the Author
Sharon Ann now lives a reclusive life in rural Oregon, where she continues to write her memoirs. More information is available at

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