Today we’d like to introduce you to Talia Renzo.
So, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am 21 years old, and I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona!
When I was fifteen years old, my dad passed away unexpectedly. At the time, I was a sophomore in high school, and I had been victimized of emotional and even physical bullying. At such a young age, I felt like my voice and power had been taken away from me through my dad’s death, and from the bullies. I struggled with my self-esteem and my placement here on this Earth. I took a good look at my surroundings, and who I wanted to become at the prime of my youth. I analyzed how the communities around me dealt with their problems and how they shed old skin in their growth. I noticed a lot of people carry their problems on their back in their day to day lives. I decided I did not want to be like that, and let my unfortunate trauma get the best of me.
At fifteen years old, I decided I was going to step into my purpose. I knew I was gifted and destined to help my fellow communities with their daily struggles. I wanted to specifically help the community of grief victims. I knew what it felt like to have the rug ripped out from under you without anybody there to catch you and guide you. I went to different grief groups, camps, and retreats to better understand how I and others felt on the journey of grief.
I took to writing to heal my wounds of trauma and insecurities. I wrote my first book when I was sixteen years old, and have been contributing my wisdom through different Amazon Best-Selling books. I am so blessed to be living my dream as a published author and be making a difference with my pearls of wisdom.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has definitely not been a smooth road for me in between losing my dad and being bullied to this point of inner happiness and success that I have reached. Even after my father died, I was still being bullied to a point where I gave up my education and dropped out of high school.
I definitely struggled. As if losing my father was not enough, I lost even more than I could have ever imagined. There were definite points where I felt so alone, and abandoned by the ones I never could have imagined would disown me. I reached a point where I felt so rejected and was aware that there was an audience that wanted me to fail.
I remember for the longest time, I felt like damaged goods, I had been had with rejection from my loved ones, and from my dream career. I was clinically depressed, and I suffered from an anxiety disorder. I put my dreams on hold, and just wanted to live out a normal life. I muted my talents, I chose to be another number in the eyes of my job at the time. I just was ready to settle into comfort where I knew my heart would not be broken anymore.
I woke up one day to a God sent opportunity. I was acknowledged by a publisher and was asked to be a part of a book. I will never forget that day. I will never forget the feeling when I felt a second chance to fill my lungs, heart, and soul. Ever since then, I have been a part of two books that were Amazon Best-Sellers and I am working on my next book. As for my education, I picked up where I left off and am working on graduating with a degree in creative writing.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a writer of many forms. I do not just write books or blogs. I write about subjects that commonly go overseen and ignored in modern society. Bullying and grief speak in large volumes to me, as these two unfortunate life circumstances, can trigger early on mental illness.
I think what sets me apart from other writers and artists, is that I am not afraid to be outspoken about the truth. There is a really ugly truth with grief survival, and that is, it’s not guaranteed to be survivable if you do not do the soul work to heal your loss. When I first lost my dad, I took to different books about surviving grief, and noticed a chain pattern of, “You will get through this!” I felt like this was not very reassuring and a promise that I could not live up to. I wanted honesty, I wanted the truth of how I was going to get through this.
In my writings, I strive to deliver the truth of the process, what you will go through, and how you will get through it. But, my book will not be beneficial if the reader does not make healing part of their daily practice. I can give you the tools, but it’s up to you to fix it.
Tell us about your childhood, what were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was very shy, introverted, and extremely sensitive. Being a victim of bullying, I felt isolated with my own insecurities. I was very quiet and observant of others and did not have many friends. In spite of the circumstances, I recall being a happy child and knew that I was loved.
I remember growing up, it stressed me out that I did not know what I was good at. A lot of kids in my school knew that they wanted to be athletes, singers, dancers, teachers, etc. As I got older, I felt more and more pressure that I did not know what I wanted to do with my life. I felt like I did not have many talents, and even felt like I was not as smart as the other kids.
Elizabeth Douglas Photography