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Writerly Wednesday: Writing Partners

Many a moon ago I had a story idea. I doodled my thoughts. Wrote down snippets and sketched out characters ....more

Tyrant and the dangerous narrative of The Other

Growing up, the people who look like the men in my life on the Western television screen never played the romantic lead or the dashing hero- instead, they played the bad guys or the comedic relief- the bumbling gas station employee or the hilarious [fill in the blank] who would soon be outwitted. Fast forward to present day and not a great deal has changed, after all, we're still in an era of Homeland, a show I watched initially hopeful for complexity but which ultimately devolved into a woman shrieking as she held the Quran belonging to her secret Muslim husband, who in truth did quickly transition from good American man into a beer drinking, adulterous, Muslim terrorist upon conversion.When I heard about Tyrant, the beloved baby of the creator of Homeland and 24, I wasn't exactly optimistic. When I read the premise, an assimilated Arab American living the happy middle class American life with his wife and kids with nary an evil thought in his head until.. ....more

The rockstar ARC goes on tour and the weightless free floating nature of letting go

I'm part of a lovely group of YA and MG authors debuting in 2015. We are the Fearless Fifteeners and as confusing as publishing can sometimes be, it's been awesome to have others going through the same journey at the exact same time to talk it all over with. A little while ago I got my ARCs in the mail and it was a thrilling moment ....more

Why I Write

When my friend Grace Hwang Lynch contacted me about the writing process tour, I was honored. Hers went up last week, and this week is my turn to share a little more insight into my writing life. What am I working on? ...more


Folding laundry, my husband brings up a heavy package. Ordered more books? I didn't-- but gifts of the bookish sort would not be a shock for a bookworm like me ....more

On Ramadan, crafts for kids, and salvation

Ramadan is different with kids. First of all, it's unquestionably harder. No more sleeping in ....more

Ramadan, Books, and a plea: be the change you want to see

I love Barnes and Noble. It's a great place to escape the heat, grab a delicious triple chunk chocolate chip cookie for the kids, iced coffee for me, and grab a chair by the train and lego tables for the kids to amuse themselves while I figure out which books I want.The other day I went to Barnes and Noble. We got there ten minutes before storytime began and as we walked to the kid's area, I saw this adorning it's entrance: For a split second I felt like the air had been sucked out of my lungs ....more


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Book Cover Reveal!!!!

So about that book deal...Books by their very nature have covers...Including mine.If you were at BookCon you might have seen it there..But many of you haven't.And imagine my shock.When I clicked over to goodreadsAnd just saw it thereAnd then, I peeked on Amazon and gaspthere too! It's insane.It's amazing.It's exciting.It was exciting to see my cover for the very first time.But it's even crazier.To see it for the very first time in a very public way.Want to see it? Without further ado, the official cover for Written in the Stars....In 3...2...1....VOILA: For details on the cover and how it all came to be, please check out my interview with Jennifer Zobair at Story and Chai! ...more