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The Yasmin Essa Podcast

Jul 24, 2018

Welcome to episode 003 of the Yasmin Essa podcast! On today's show, I am joined by Tayabba Syed, author of the award-winning children’s story The Blessed Bananas for a lovely conversation on the publishing world, Islam, family, and more.

This episode is sponsored by Wellness with Yasmin. Learn more at

Tayyaba's Bio:

Tayyaba Syed is the author of the award-winning children’s story The Blessed Bananas. As a journalist, her work has been featured in numerous publications including NPR, Islamic Horizons, Azizah Magazine, Chicago Crescent, and Chicago Parent. She has co-authored four chapter books in the popular kids’ series called Jannah Jewels. 

Tayyaba works as the Research Specialist for Daybreak Press and a Writing Curriculum Consultant for Whitestone Foundation’s Author Development Program. She recently joined Noor Kids as a Creative Developer designing unique plots for their educational books. 

Interview Questions:

  • How did you know you wanted to be an author?
  • What does a typical day look like for you?
  • What are your non-negotiables?
  • What stresses you out?
  • How do get inspired?
  • What do you do when you feel stuck or overwhelmed?
  • What advice would you give to someone who wants to become an author?
  • What are some things you’ve learned about the publishing industry?
  • What makes you happy and joyful?
  • How has Islam inspired you?
  • What does the mind, body, soul connection mean to you?


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