• Salaam and Love on Father’s Day

    by Mohammed Shamma Do you ever wonder what would make your father truly happy this Father’s Day? Do you want to show your dad some love, but don’t know where to begin?  How about giving him the gift of stories written by real Muslim men on the search for love.  Look for Salaam, Love: American… Continue Reading

  • 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

  • Date Night in PAINTED HANDS: The Visitor

    by Jennifer Zobair In a video post for Muslimah Montage, I said that the Muslim community needs more storytellers, including filmmakers. Movies are a powerful way to communicate experience, and an effective way of changing hearts and minds. I recently watched “The Visitor” for the third time. I love this movie. I love it so much… Continue Reading

  • Close the Tent and Dim the Lights

    by Mohammed Shamma Before I dive into that title, I’d like to give you a little taste, a little peek into my first experience with the big “O.”  I first discovered that word when I was twenty.  I was a junior in college, starting my fifth and final major, Middle Eastern Studies.  Before that, I… 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: Ali Hosseini

    Ali Hosseini’s debut novel The Lemon Grove, tells the story of Iranian identical twins Ruzbeh and Behruz,  who fall in love with the same childhood friend, and the geopolitical events tha