Natasha Tynes

.I’m a Jordanian-American author and communications professional based in Washington, DC. I’m the business of telling stories. I run my own digital media agency, where I advise clients on the best digital media practices for their brand.

  I’m the author of the speculative literary novel They Called Me Wyatt.

I’m a  regular contributor to a number of publications inside and outside the United States. My non-fiction work has appeared in the Washington Post, Nature Magazine, Elle Magazine, The Post, Esquire magazine, Aljazeera, among others.  My short stories have appeared in Geometry, The Timerbline Review and Fjords. My story Ustaz Ahamd received a special award at the F. Scott Fitzgerald literary festival.

I have appeared on a number of national and international TV programs, including Larry King Live, PBS’s Foreign Exchange, Paula Zahn show, CBS’s Morning show, Scarborough Country, BBC’s Up all night, among others.

I co-host the podcast, ExpaTalk, where we chat with Arab entrepreneurs, luminaries, and creatives.

What I do

Digital media strategist

Through my agency Suburban Media Group where I provide digital media services including digital media strategy, book marketing, and community management. 

YouTuber

I run a YouTube channel where I review books I read and discuss everything related to writing and storytelling.

Author

I’m the author of the speculative novel They Called Me Wyatt.

My short stories have appeared in Geometry, The Timerbline Review and Fjords. My story Ustaz Ahamd received a special award at the F. Scott Fitzgerald literary festival.

Public speaker

II have appeared on a number of national and international TV programs, including Larry King Live, PBS’s Foreign Exchange, Paula Zahn show, CBS’s Morning show, Scarborough Country, BBC’s Up all night, among others..

Journalist

I am a  regular contributor to a number of publications inside and outside the United States. My non-fiction work has appeared in the Washington Post, Nature Magazine, Elle Magazine, The Post, Esquire magazine, Aljazeera, among others.  

Podcast host

I co-host the podcast, ExpaTalk, where we chat with Arab entrepreneurs, luminaries, and creatives.

 

They Called Me Wyatt

When Jordanian student Siwar Salaiha is murdered on her birthday in College Park, Maryland, her consciousness survives, finding refuge in the body of a Seattle baby boy. Stuck in this speech-delayed three-year old body, Siwar tries but fails to communicate with Wyatt’s parents, instead, she focuses on solving the mystery behind her murder. 

Fast-forward twenty-two years. Wyatt is a well-adjusted young man with an affinity towards the Middle East and a fear of heights. While working on his graduate degree in Middle Eastern studies, Wyatt learns about Siwar’s death, which occurred twenty-five years ago. For reasons he can’t explain, he grows obsessed with Siwar and spends months investigating her death, which police at the time erroneously ruled as suicide. 
His leads take him to Amman, Jordan where after talking to her friends and family members and through his special connection with the deceased, he discovers a clue that unravels the mystery of her death. Will Siwar get justice after all?

 

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From my blog

Critiquing with kindness

Critiquing with kindness

I have been part of a writing group for over ten years now, and during this time, I have published a novel, dozens of articles, and several short stories. My writing group has been instrumental in honing my skills and improving my writing by providing valid critiques...

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Tips on developing good writing habits

Tips on developing good writing habits

If you have always wanted to write the next great American novel, or a best-selling memoir, or even a marketing blog a la Seth Godin, then stop talking about "wanting" and start doing. "Someday" is right now. Here are my quick tips to get you started: Pick a specific...

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No excuses for not learning a language. Just ask Siri

No excuses for not learning a language. Just ask Siri

A quick encounter that took place at our local library the other day has left me with a number of insights. First it was a great reminder of the power of your mindset, and second it has emphasized my belief that we live in the best time for learning and building...

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Published articles

My published articles

“Enjoyed talking to @NatashaTynes at the #ifjcdinner in DC. She’s a Jordanian-American with fantastic insight into the Arabic Twitter world.”  

 Sean Garrett, Ex-Communications Director, Twitter, Inc.   

 

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July 18, 2021

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