To me, a staircase looks like a series of dark and light horizontal stripes, which is exactly how you'd draw a staircase. So I know how the image is going to look on the page.
'Butterfly Mosque' came out of the emails I wrote to family and friends back home after moving to Egypt.
'Air' is what the world looks like: An inconvenient mashup of human politics and divine geography. We leave bits and pieces of ourselves and our history in every place we encounter.
Anytime you're writing stories about a group of people with whom you have limited experience, there's a lot of guesswork.
Being a Muslim in America, I've noticed that there's a ton of crossover between the Muslim community and geekdom.