Review Fix chats with author Brent Williams, who discusses the creative process and emotional journey behind his upcoming book, Out of the Woods.
Review Fix: What inspired this book?
Brent Williams: I needed to understand my own depression – see it, describe it, learn about it. I’d had enough of being thrown around by it. I was running away, ignorant and in denial. Writing about it was the start of my journey out of the woods.
Review Fix: What comics do you read? Why?
Williams: Stories about people’s lives interest me most. I want to connect with people who express themselves honestly and simply.
Review Fix: What authors have had the biggest effect on you?
Williams: Herman Hesse. Through his characters he reveals so much about his own life and internal struggles. I love his exploration of ideas, philosophy and spirituality. He writes so poetically as well.
Review Fix: What was the research process like for this?
Williams: My own personal therapy was the most important research – learning about how I think and behave and all the unconscious influences from my life that are brought to bear on this. Journal writing and plotting my progress through a mood chart were so valuable. And, delving into all the scientific research was also very encouraging.
Review Fix: What did you learn about yourself through this?
Williams: In no small way I learned to live again, to accept and love myself. I also discovered there are so many things I could do to build my own recovery mentally and physically.
Review Fix: What you want people to get out of this book?
Williams: I hope people will feel supported and loved. I know how painful depression is and I wanted to share my own story to give sufferers and their families some encouragement and hope along with some practical strategies, too.
Review Fix: What’s next?
Williams: As I am also the publisher of my book, I have plenty to do in getting the book out into the world. I do have other graphic novel ideas in the mental health field and look forward to these when Out of the Woods finally leaves home.
Review Fix: Anything else you’d like to add?
Williams: Writing the book has been hugely therapeutic for me so I would encourage people to express themselves in any way they can through: words, music, dance, art, drama, whatever works for them. Try any of these even if you have never done them before. You will be surprised how much creativity there is in you.
Patrick Hickey Jr.
Latest posts by Patrick Hickey Jr. (see all)
- Review Fix Exclusive: Matt LeGrand Talks ‘What Christmas Means to Me’ And More - December 16, 2017
- WWE RAW Power Rankings: Joe is Ready to Rule RAW - December 16, 2017
- Review Fix 2018 Holiday Gift Guide - December 16, 2017