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UNTET | HERED Podcast: Sessions With Jessica Redmerski-Tacu

UNTET | HERED Podcast: Sessions With Jessica Redmerski-Tacu

By Jessica Redmerski-Tacu

I'm an author from the U.S., living in Mexico. I talk about life, death, and the in-between in my journal-style podcast. While it may seem like a personal diary often filled with rambling and *side notes*, it's also my way of reaching out to anyone who might need words of encouragement or just someone to relate to - especially women. I'm a mental health advocate and a feminist (who doesn't hate men), and I've decided to stop being so quiet in such a loud world by speaking my mind and, at times, yours too. Because too many are afraid to break free from society's expectations. Untether yourself!
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The Root Cause of My Depression
The Root Cause of My Depression
In this episode, I talk about something I've never gone into detail about online before - my hypochondria. This is, in my opinion, the black sheep of mental disorders. It doesn't get enough attention and doesn't go to family reunions with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, anorexia, bulimia, or even the one that always shows up, but everybody else is afraid to sit by -  schizophrenia. Hypochondria is a debilitating mental disorder - and it's the root cause of at least 90% of the depression I've suffered from most of my adult life. 
31:13
November 10, 2022
My Writing & Publishing Journey Part 1
My Writing & Publishing Journey Part 1
This episode is about when I started writing and how I made $1.4 million dollars in one year by quitting my job to do what I love most. I talk about agent rejections (about 300 total that I didn't actually say in the episode - but it was 300 rejections!), to my struggle with never having time to write because I worked long hours and was raising three small children on my own. I did the unthinkable! I took a huge risk that could have so easily gone the wrong way - but if I didn't take that risk, I likely never would have seen the success that I've had.
14:18
November 01, 2022
Book Note Voice Memo: Sarai's Sister?
Book Note Voice Memo: Sarai's Sister?
This is not an *episode*, but one of my book note voice memos, so if you're a  listener uninterested in my books, characters,  and storylines, feel free to skip it. If you want more details about  what my "book note voice memos" are, you can find the info. here. --- This was recorded while writing book 7, SPIDERS IN THE GROVE. It's one of the ideas I decided not to use - and you can hear me getting frustrated because I couldn't figure everything out. Ultimately, I thought the whole thing was stupid (and *not* a soap opera, even though I ended up going the soap opera route later with somebody else, anyway, lol). The character that took place of Izabel's sister in the scene ended up being Lysandra.
06:17
October 20, 2022
Book Note Voice Memo: Talking Victor, Nora, Izabel & the Real Vonnegut
Book Note Voice Memo: Talking Victor, Nora, Izabel & the Real Vonnegut
This is not an *episode*, but one of my book note voice memos, so if you're a  listener uninterested in my books, characters, and storylines, feel free to skip it. If you want more details about what my "book note voice memos" are, you can find it here. --- This voiced book note was recorded during the writing process of THE BLACK WOLF, the 5th book in my series, In the Company of Killers. You will hear me talking about what Victor thinks about Nora - and Izabel! I talk about the supposed death of a particular character, and I ponder the idea of just who in the hell is Vonnegut going to be. Because I'll be honest with you all: I never knew myself who Vonnegut was until the final book, THE DARKEST HALF. All throughout the series, I had a few ideas about who I wanted him to be, but as the storylines unfolded, I kept changing my mind. In this voice memo, I also talk about how I planned to manipulate you, the reader! 👿 -- Be warned, this audio file contains a lot of vulgar language because I've always been somewhat of a potty mouth - I make no apologies! 💀 Also, be warned - If you haven't read the final book in the series, THE DARKEST HALF, it's perfectly OK to listen to this file, but I don't recommend reading any of the comments posted regarding the file because there will likely be spoilers! -- THE BLACK WOLF was published on June 30, 2015. The voiced book note here had to have been recorded in 2015 as well, but the properties of the file have different, conflicting dates that don't make any sense, as you can see in the screenshot attached. It wasn't recorded in 2020 and definitely wasn't modified in 2012 because the series didn't even exist. So, the only thing I can assume is that during one of the numerous times I've moved these files to different PCs and such, somehow, the dates got screwy. Likely, all of my voiced book notes will have weird dates like this one, but I'll do my best to give the most accurate date possible for when each file was recorded.
21:54
October 17, 2022
Book Note Voice Memo: Fredrik Warning Victor about Nik & Izabel
Book Note Voice Memo: Fredrik Warning Victor about Nik & Izabel
This is not an *episode*, but one of my book note voice memos, so if you're a  listener uninterested in my books, characters, and storylines, feel free to skip it. If you want more details about what my "book note voice memos" are, you can find it here. --- This voice note was recorded while writing THE BLACK WOLF. The book was published in 2015, so the recording has to be from that year. It's just more proof that I had certain *intentions* with these characters (Niklas and Izzy) from the very beginning. Enjoy! 🥰P.S. I'm getting close to finishing up the short story about Izabel and Niklas.
01:27
October 16, 2022
Update in Mexico
Update in Mexico
I know it has been forever, but here I am with another episode - the first from Mexico! In this episode, you'll get some rambling (but that's nothing new, right?) and a big-ass roach that tried to kill me in the street. Seriously - it was terrifying! I may have a Patreon page now, but my podcast episodes here will always be free! Thank you for sticking around. :-) I'll upload more soon!
14:42
October 13, 2022
6 More Days and Illegal Immigration
6 More Days and Illegal Immigration
A personal journal episode where I talk about our trip to the U.S.-Mexico border in Laredo (and the dangerous trip back for me), the eye-opening realizations of our big move, my husband's immigration status, and my up-and-coming flight to Mexico. And a lot of other ramblings.
28:38
December 05, 2021
Comfort in Darkness
Comfort in Darkness
Despite there being a plethora of mental health podcasts, videos, articles, and encouraging messages out there from people who mean well, I've noticed one type and stage of depression most overlook, or are completely oblivious to.
24:17
November 16, 2021
Confidence, Persistence & Fearlessness
Confidence, Persistence & Fearlessness
Typically, people who accomplish great feats, obtain the unobtainable and become the most successful are those who few to none believed in. These people have one or all of three key things in common: confidence, persistence, and fearlessness. The ones who step out of the box, out of the crowd, and dare to be different, are the ones who reach the highest pinnacles and are the most memorable.
21:53
July 12, 2021
The Power of Nostalgia
The Power of Nostalgia
I get emotional talking about how powerful nostalgia is for me. I talk about why we are never satisfied with what we have or are ever happy in the moment, and how some of us dream of going back to a time we miss the most. 
18:05
June 28, 2021
Doubt, the Dream Killer
Doubt, the Dream Killer
I talk about my husband losing his second professional boxing match, how hard he works, and how no one I've ever met in my life has ever matched my husband's determination and passion to do something with his life. He also talks a little in this episode! And I tell you, the listener, why you should never give up on your dreams or goals.
22:07
June 14, 2021
I Did It - The Great Purge
I Did It - The Great Purge
I've cleaned out my house, got rid of over 300 books (even favorites), deleted my Facebook account with 40K followers, among other social networking profiles....and more are to come. I talk extensively about feeling ignored and abandoned and shunned by the New Adult community, my home state of Arkansas, and why I needed to purge my life in all areas. This is a long episode, folks.
46:16
June 07, 2021
Writing in My Authentic Voice
Writing in My Authentic Voice
I read an Instagram post from author Gareth Powell and I realized something I should have known all along: I need to write in my authentic voice, even if it means giving up everything that's...not doing anything for me anyway. I also talk about directors Darren Aronofsky, Lars von Trier, and M. Night Shyamalan.
22:21
May 31, 2021
Purging the Material & Burdensome Thoughts
Purging the Material & Burdensome Thoughts
I talk about the desperate need to get rid of things, both material and emotional; how it has always lifted such a heavy burden from my shoulders, and why I'm ready to purge things I've long held onto from past purges.
12:31
May 24, 2021
Facing My Fears Pt. 2 - Moving To Mexico
Facing My Fears Pt. 2 - Moving To Mexico
Another one of my big fears that I must face soon - moving to Mexico. When I finally make the move, I want more than anything to be able to say, "Why didn't I do this sooner?" rather than, "What did I get myself into?"
23:60
May 17, 2021
Talking Memoir, Fizzling Book Sales & Letting Go of Fruitless Projects
Talking Memoir, Fizzling Book Sales & Letting Go of Fruitless Projects
I talk about a lot of stuff in this episode, from starting a memoir, how my book sales are...or, shall I say are not, and revisiting a previous episode, talking more about letting go of some book projects (and entire genres) that are no longer (and haven't been for a very long time) doing anything for me financially.
17:15
May 10, 2021
Life Decisions Long Overdue
Life Decisions Long Overdue
I reflect on some important decisions in my life that I've thought about for a long time. This episode is more about talking it out journal style and helping sort through my mind so that I can begin the process.
30:60
May 06, 2021
Uninvited Visitors Set My Teeth On Edge
Uninvited Visitors Set My Teeth On Edge
I get an unexpected visit from someone I don't know, and now it's the end of the world. Really, though I talk about high-functioning anxiety - even though I incorrectly label it - and how door knocks and telephone rings can turn my whole damn day into a dumpster fire.
16:43
April 26, 2021
Facing My Fears 1 - Hypochondria & Podcasts
Facing My Fears 1 - Hypochondria & Podcasts
I wasn't going to continue my podcast until I realized it was yet another fear in an ever-growing list of fears, that I'm determined to conquer. So, I am back. I talk about hypochondria, my fear of flying, covid, and my fear of society's backlash. I have also started a Youtube channel for this podcast, and you can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsEknYYvEX8-BONCll1E78g
26:06
April 15, 2021