The Authors



Lina Branter has a degree in English Literature from the University of Victoria and an MLIS from McGill. She has been a youth librarian since 2006 and an avid reader of young adult fiction since she was, well, a young adult. Her poems have been published in several places under different names (sometimes it is easier to submit your work under a different name) and her short story “Capital Vices” was published in the anthology Leather, Denim and Silver: Legends of the Monster Hunter. She lives in Montreal with her husband, two daughters, and a psychotic turtle. You can see what she’s up to by going to her blog, In(Parent)thesis:

Allie B

Allie Brennan writes YA Paranormal and Urban Fantasy with a dark twist. She loves good characters who do bad things and strong heroines with big moral dilemmas. Brennan also writes Contemporary, Science Fiction and Steampunk under the names Black, Baxter and Bligh, respectively.

Richard B

RF Brown is a writer-editor, semiotician, sports hag, and Rhode Island housewife. His BA is from Hampshire College in Massachusetts. Novel i.p. Merrily He Rolls Along. His short story I Can Jump appeared in Sucker Vol.1.


Claudia Classon is proud to have a third story published in the upcoming volume 3 of Sucker Literary! received her Masters in Writing from Manhattanville College and was an editor of their literary journal Inkwell.  She has worked on and off in publishing since college and is currently employed at Princeton University Press. A member of SCBWI (both in the US and in France, where she lived from 2005–2008), she also previews YA books for a French publisher. Her non-literary interests include choral singing and tree hugging. She is represented by Erzsi Deàk of Hen&ink Literary Studio.

Shelli C

Shelli  Cornelison’s short stories and essays have been published in several online projects and regional print publications. She’s also contributed articles to regional SCBWI newsletters and the national SCBWI Bulletin. As an active member of the Austin SCBWI chapter, she’s proud to serve as the critique group coordinator and conference volunteer and you can find her online at or on Twitter as @Shelltex.


Evelyn Ehrlich writes gritty and emotional contemporary YA and was recently honored as a finalist for the Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult Writing. She has a degree in Russian literature from Stanford University and a JD from Harvard Law School. You can find her on Twitter @EvelynEhrlich or at her website,

Candy fite

Candy Fite writes everything from picture books to non-fiction, with a passion for creating stories for teens. Between second drafting her YA novel and shopping literary agents for her two picture books, she is working on a non-fiction book about rose rustling.  She is a member of SCBWI and the Brenham Writers Group in Texas. When not writing, she’s the busy mom of two teen girls, teaching her students yoga, and traveling and speaking for her rose group. This is her first YA publication. Candy Lynn Fite can be reached on Twitter @candylynnfite or on her blog at

HAnnah Gomez

Sarah Hannah Gómez grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and received a B.A. in creative writing from the University of Arizona. She now lives in Boston, at work on two master’s degrees and various creative projects. She has published nonfiction, drama, and poetry in print and online. To find it all, visit her blog, Comp Lit and Mediaphilia, at

Hannah Big Lolli

Hannah R. Goodman is a YA author represented by Erzsi Deàk of Hen&ink Literary Studio. Her YA novels have won awards and garnered praise but her proudest endeavor is Sucker Literary. She owns The Write Touch, offering a variety of services for clients of all ages. Hannah is a member of SCBWI as well as a graduate of the Solstice MFA program at Pine Manor College. She resides in Bristol, RI with her husband, two daughters, and three cats: Lester, Maisey, and Judy. More about Hannah can be found on her website:

Paul Heinz 2

Paul Heinz is a two-time winner of the James Jones Short Story Award in Illinois and has had two entries accepted at Sucker Literary Magazine.  While hunting for an agent to represent one of his two completed novels, Paul performs as a keyboardist in the western suburbs of Chicago, and he’s also recorded seven CDs of original songs, mostly in the rock/pop vein. All of his music and essays, and much of his fiction, can be found at Follow him on Facebook or Twitter at PaulHeinzLive.

Kathleen I

Kathleen Ingraham has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul and the now defunct This Ordinary Day Magazine.  She is a 2011 graduate of the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College (Go Gators!), where she concentrated on Writing for Children and Young Adults. She has been a reader for all three volumes of Sucker Literary and a writer in volume 2. She pitches in for marketing as well. You can find more about Kathleen at or on twitter @K_Leen.

Natalia J

Natalia Jaster has a Master’s in Creative Writing from California State University, Northridge. Her short stories have appeared in Mammut magazine, The Northridge Review, and YARN ( Visit her at

Suzanne K

Suzanne Kamata is the author of the upper MG/lower YA novel Gadget Girl, and numerous short stories for young adults published in Cicada, Hunger Mountain, and the anthology Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction – Japan Teen Stories edited by Holly Thompson. She is a recipient of the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for Fiction and a five-time Pushcart Prize Nominee. She lives in Japan where she serves as Publicity Assistant for SCBWI-Tokyo. Follow her on Twitter – @shikokusue or visit her website

Ann K

Ann S. Karasinski work has appeared in newspapers, journals, essay collections, and on NPR.  She has an MA in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a t-shirt from the Iowa Writers’ Summer Workshop.  You can read one of her essays at

Kimberly J. Kreines
has two fantasies she hopes to fulfill in her lifetime: to become a best-selling author, and to master SUP yoga (yoga on a stand-up paddle board in the middle of the ocean). She willingly admits that both are a bit quixotic, but that’s okay, she’s more than a bit stubborn. She already has three SUP yoga classes under her belt and hasn’t fallen into the ocean once (knock on wood, or water?). And as far as the writing goes, she has her MFA from Pine Manor College with a focus in Writing for Children and Young Adults, has studied screenwriting as a fellow at Writers Boot Camp in Los Angeles, and is currently a professor of screenwriting at Southern New Hampshire University. She writes something (even if it’s just the grocery list) every single day. The plan for now is to keep working on both dreams and see which happens first; either way she fully intends to make a splash (ha!).


Mary Malhotra is focusing on her next obvious thing, short story and novel writing for the YA market, after your typical career as a database designer/schoolteacher/small-business CFO. She is a member of SCBWI and has participated in writing workshops at UCLA Extension and the Writer’s Center (Bethesda, MD). Her YA novel Drive is on its first full revision (and third working title). She lives in La Canada, California, with her husband and lots of pictures of her grown kids. You can find her on Twitter @MCMalhotra.

Josh P

Josh Prokopy is a stay-at-home dad and former social worker who’s still fairly new to the writing biz. One of his stories, The Dream Guide, appeared in the March/April 2012 issue of Cicada, and another, Burmese Tears, won the 2011 Luminis Prize.  He runs a website for reviewing YA and Middle Grade action/adventure novels ( and is working on two books in that same genre. He lives in Indiana and, when not writing, likes to spend his time reading, watching movies, hanging out with his family, and studying tae-kwon-do.


Lilliam Rivera is a 2013 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices fellow, a 2013 Enchanted Land fellow at A Room Of Her Own Foundation, and a 2013 James Kirkwood Literary Prize semi-finalist. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The, Los Angeles Review of Books, Bellevue Literary Journal, Writers Tribe Review, and Latina. She’s also a contributing editor for the independent publishing collective Black Hill Press. Lilliam’s currently working on a contemporary young adult novel, My Shelf Life. She can be found at

Kelly S

Kelly Samuels was featured in The New Short Fiction Series Emerging Voices 2012 show in Los Angeles.  Her short story Rubberbirds is available on Amazon.  Recently she completed her Certificate in Fiction through UCLA Extension and is a frequent SCBWI conference attendee.  She is working on her second YA novel. is another work in progress.  She’s being suckered intoTwitter @YAhKellyS

Garvi S

Garvi Sheth dabbles in graphic design, 3D modeling, technical writing, novel-writing, digital art, flash fiction, ink, acrylics, pencil, henna, general fangirling, and procrastination. She doesn’t get paid for most of these things.  She enjoys acute denial of the fact that she’s entered her mid-20s. (Personal website) (Art gallery)

James S

James Silberstein’s first novel, The Night Crystal McGoober had Seven Heads, won a Mom’s Choice Award. His short story “Auspice” was a finalist in Narrative Magazine’s 2010 Winter Short Story Competition. He has an MFA from USC and writes and teaches in Orange County, California with his lovely wife and a crazed Bonsai Terrier.


Charity Tahmaseb has slung corn on the cob for Green Giant and jumped out of airplanes (but not at the same time). She’s worn both Girl Scout and Army green. These days, she writes fiction and works as a technical writer. Her novel, The Geek Girl’s Guide to Cheerleading (written with coauthor Darcy Vance), was a YALSA 2012 Popular Paperback pick. You can find her on Twitter @geekgirlx2 or at her blog, Writing Wrongs:

Mima T

Mima Tipper received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is thrilled not only that her short story “Waiting for Alice” will appear in Sucker Literary Magazine’s first issue, but also that another of her YA stories, “A Cut-Out Face”, was in the fall, 2011 issue of Hunger Mountain’s online Journal of the Arts. When she’s not whipping up trouble for her fictional characters, Mima tries to take full advantage of living with her family in her beautiful home state of Vermont. Find her on Twitter @meemtip. She is represented by Hen&ink Literary Studio.


Kacey Vanderkarr is a young adult author. She dabbles in fantasy, romance, and sci-fi, complete with faeries, alternate realities, and the occasional plasma gun. She’s known to be annoyingly optimistic and listen to music at the highest decibel. Her debut novel, Antithesis, is available from Inkspell Publishing. Kacey is the president of the Flint Area Writers and the Social Media Director for Sucker Literary. When she’s not writing, she coaches winter guard and works as a sonographer. Kacey lives in Michigan with her husband, son, crazy cats, and two bearded dragons. Her website is


Kristina Wojtaszek is an avid collector of odd trinkets and hopeful ever-afters, still on the lookout for her own. She is the author of fairy tale retellings, ghost stories, poems, and other shorts published through World Weaver Press and Far Off Places. If you don’t see her out standing in the rain, you can find her at or on Twitter @KristinaWojtasz.


Aida Zilelian is a NYC writer whose stories have appeared in many journals and anthologies such as Pen Pusher (UK), Slushpile, and Niche Journal. She is the curator of the Boundless Tales reading series in Astoria, NY. In 2011 her novel THE HOLLOWING MOON was one of the four semi-finalists of the Anderbo Novel Contest. She recently completed the sequel, THE LEGACY OF LOST THINGS.