• How can I get my short fiction published?

    We are thrilled to have Stephen Parrish, editor of The Lascaux Review, guest posting on “Ask an Author.” Steve is the author of two novels, and has been a big supporter of culturally diverse narratives, including championing my own novel, Painted Hands.  – Jennifer Question: Thanks for doing this feature. I have a question about… Continue Reading

  • The Mantras of Parent-Author-Hood

    by Mohammed Shamma Being a published author is very new to me.  So is parenthood.  I have two kids, a first grader and a preschooler.  I’m still orienting myself every day, but in the six crazy wonderful years that I’ve had so far, I’ve learned some solid lessons along the way.  I want to share… Continue Reading

  • I’m having trouble thinking of a title!

    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

  • #WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign

    As a contributor to Story and Chai, diversity and issues related to diversity in literature is near and dear to my heart. I am honored to be part of a group of publishers, authors, and book lovers seeking to create a conversation about the lack of diversity in literature and what we can do about… Continue Reading

  • Q&A: Christa Desir

    We are thrilled to welcome Christa Desir, author of Fault Line (Simon Pulse, 2013) to story and chai. I first came to know Christa through twitter, where she speaks with passion and honesty about rape survivor issues, and with knowledge and humor about editing and writing. I read her debut novel in one afternoon, which is maybe a post… Continue Reading

  • Q&A: Zareen Jaffery, Simon & Schuster, Part IV

    We are so grateful to Simon & Schuster Executive Editor Zareen Jaffery for her kindness and generosity in sharing so much insight and advice with us during this Q&A series. Aisha had one last request for Zareen, which was to share culturally diverse books from her or Simon & Schuster’s list. We’re sure you’ll recognize some favorites,… Continue Reading

  • Q&A: Zareen Jaffery, Simon & Schuster, Part III

    Welcome to  the third part of our four-part Q&A series on diversity in publishing with Simon & Schuster Executive Editor Zareen Jaffery. You can find Part 1 here, and Part 2 here, and Part 4 here. *** Aisha: For others who wish to follow in your footsteps, what advice would you offer to readers who may… Continue Reading

  • Q&A: Zareen Jaffery, Simon & Schuster, Part II

    Welcome to  the second part of our four-part Q&A series on diversity in publishing with Simon & Schuster Executive Editor Zareen Jaffery. For Part 1, please click here. For part 3, please click here. For part 4, please click here. *** Aisha: When it comes to widespread commercial success, I’ve read that culturally diverse books face… Continue Reading

  • Q&A: Zareen Jaffery, Simon & Schuster, Part I

    We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Simon & Schuster Executive Editor Zareen Jaffery to story and chai! Zareen was kind enough to respond to Aisha’s questions about diversity in publishing and to offer advice for aspiring editors and writers. We’ll  be posting parts of the interview all week, so stay tuned! ***  Zareen Jaffery: Thank you so much… Continue Reading