Episode 266: The Art of the Travel Memoir — Interview with Natasha Scripture

by Gabriela Pereira
published in Podcast

Hey there word nerds! Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Natasha Scripture.

Natasha is an author, poet, humanitarian, and former aid worker. As a spokesperson for the United Nations, she covered humanitarian crises around the world and before the UN she worked for a variety of organizations, including the BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera English, the World Bank, TED, National Geographic, and Condé Nast Publications. 

She has been published in the New York Times, the Telegraph, Glamour UK, the Sydney Morning Herald, HuffPost, New York Post, and the Atlantic, among other publications. She has also been featured in Marie Claire, Women’s Health, and the Sunday Times Style magazine. 

Natasha has lived in several different countries, travels frequently, and seeks to inspire and empower women everywhere with her writing and her storytelling. Her first book is Man Fast: A Memoir, which we’ll be discussing on the show today.

In this episode Natasha and I discuss:

  • The journey from writing a self-help book to writing a memoir.
  • How to use writing to process grief. 
  • The process of structuring a memoir’s outward and inward journey.
  • Creating space for self-discovery.
  • Saying, “No” to others to say, “Yes” to yourself.
  • The power of being fully present.

Plus, Natasha’s #1 tip for writers.

About the Author

Natasha Scripture is an author, poet, humanitarian, and former aid worker. As a spokesperson for the United Nations, she covered humanitarian crises around the world. 

Before the UN she worked for a variety of organizations, including the BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera English, the World Bank, TED, National Geographic, and Condé Nast Publications. 

She has been published in the New York Times, the Telegraph, Glamour UK, the Sydney Morning Herald, HuffPost, New York Post, and the Atlantic, among other publications. She has also been featured in Marie Claire, Women’s Health, and the Sunday Times Style magazine. 

Natasha has lived in several different countries, travels frequently, and seeks to inspire and empower women everywhere with her writing and storytelling. 

Her first book, Man Fast: A Memoir, is now available.

Man Fast: A Memoir 

An exhilarating memoir about one woman’s globe-trotting journey of inspiring awakening and self-discovery.

Shaken by the loss of her father, drained by her job at the United Nations, and conflicted over failed relationships, Natasha Scripture asked herself the question at the heart of her anxiety: What is my purpose? The answer was not about finding love; it was about recognizing its source. The result is Man Fast, a true and intimate spiritual detective story.

With courage, honesty, and wit, Natasha shares the story of her awakening. Starting with the decision to fast from dating, she embarks on a journey that takes her from New York to an ashram in southern India to toiling in a vineyard on Mount Etna to a solo safari in southern Tanzania. In stepping away from the modern demand to couple up, Natasha finally finds a reflective space where she can be fully aware: of her grief, of her identity, and of love as a mystical, ever-present force.

An antidote to a culture that prizes finding the right man, Man Fast is an emotionally charged journey that leaves us with a greater understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

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