• Q&A: Kerry O’Malley Cerra

    I was so pleased to interview author Kerry O’Malley Cerra about her debut MG novel, Just a Drop of Water, a story about a middle school boy whose best friend’s father comes under suspicion in the aftermath of 9/11. So many of the issues raised in her book are still relevant in the current geo-political climate, and… Continue Reading

  • Q&A: Alexis York Lumbard

    I was thrilled to interview children’s book author Alexis York Lumbard, and am doubly thrilled to welcome her to story and chai on Earth Day, as we celebrate her new picture book, “When the Animals Saved Earth,” a retelling of a 10th century animal fable. – Jennifer Jennifer: So often, people express an interest in writing… Continue Reading

  • Q&A: Patricia Dunn

    We are thrilled to welcome author Patricia Dunn to story and chai, and grateful for the thoughtful answers she provided about her new novel Rebels by Accident, her writing process, and advice to new writers. – Aisha Aisha:  Please tell us a little bit about the inspiration behind Rebels by Accident. Patricia: It didn’t start… Continue Reading

  • Q&A: Aisha Saeed

    I am thrilled to post the following interview with story and chai’s own Aisha Saeed, author of the beautiful and heartbreaking YA debut, Written in the Stars, which portrays a Pakistani teenager navigating a forced marriage. As a fellow novelist who is Muslim, I know the last thing a writer from a marginalized community wants to… Continue Reading

  • Q&A: Hena Khan

    Hena Khan is an author extraordinaire who has written picture books such as Night of the Moon and chapter books including Worst Case Scenario Series: Mars. I was introduced to Hena’s gorgeous writing quite recently when I encountered an unexpected Ramadan display at my local Barnes and Noble with her book Golden Domes and Silver… Continue Reading

  • Ignoring the Checkpoint

    by Charles Bane, Jr. Rockets fire between Gaza and Israel, bringing  grief in their wake. They detonate in a curse of flash and smoke. It is like when there were hurricanes when I was a boy and I wrote in the dark, by battery lamp. I burrowed deep into my private soul, and made art that… Continue Reading

  • Q&A: Annie Cardi

    Today I’m interviewing Annie Cardi, the author of the Kirkus starred gorgeous YA debut THE CHANCE YOU WON’T RETURN. When your mom thinks she’s Amelia Earhart, navigating high school, first love, and family secrets is like flying solo without a map. Driver’s ed and a first crush should be what Alex Winchester is stressed out… Continue Reading

  • Join the National #RamadanReads Campaign

    When novelist & #WeNeedDiverseBooks co-founder Aisha Saeed walked into her local Barnes & Noble ten days ago, she was surprised & thrilled to see a Ramadan book display for children. She wanted to buy all four books displayed but after chatting with the bookseller, she realized that those were the only books in stock. If… Continue Reading

  • Should I Use Twitter to Promote My Book?

    Welcome to  story and chai’s “Ask an Author.”  Here, we’ll respond to questions we’ve received about the writing and publication process, as well as new questions, which you can ask us on twitter, Facebook, or through email (jazobair AT comcast DOT net).  Sometimes we’ll ask other authors to “guest answer” your questions as well. We hope this is… Continue Reading

  • Cover Reveal! WRITTEN IN THE STARS by Aisha Saeed

    We are so thrilled to reveal the gorgeous cover for Aisha Saeed’s debut YA novel, Written in the Stars! Aisha has been a valuable and cherished part of story and chai since the beginning, and we could not be more excited for her about her forthcoming novel. Aisha ‘s efforts to promote diversity in literature… Continue Reading