• 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

  • Slouching Towards Mecca

    by Deonna Kelli Sayed In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate My granny, Big Momma, accepted Jesus as her personal savior at some point in the 1950s. She pulled her car over to the side of a rural North Florida road and put her knees to the earth. “I just got… Continue Reading

  • Help! Perfection is getting in the way of my first draft.

    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

  • Parental Love

    by Haroon Ullah, author of the Bargain from the Bazaar Having spent many years in and out of Pakistan, both on official business and on my own research trips, I know well the nervous energy that pervades a metropolis like Lahore, where over 12 million people live and work amid the turmoil and terror of… Continue Reading

  • Can I See Your Query Letter?!

    Welcome to  story and chai’s “Ask an Author.”  Here, Aisha, Mohammed, and I will 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.… Continue Reading

  • Q&A: Allan Stratton

    Allan Stratton is the author of BORDERLINE. A young-adult novel about fifteen-year old Sami Sabiri, a funny, gutsy fifteen-year-old stuck at a private school where he’s the only Muslim kid. But things are about to get a lot worse. When Sami catches his father in a lie, he gets suspicious . . . and he’s… Continue Reading