6 Questions for Mary Malhotra, author of Superpower

1. You’re a teen again and call your MC (from your story in volume 3) on the phone with urgent news: What’s the news and what is his/her reaction?

Here’s how the phone call would sound from my side:

Guess what, Dana? Ms. Heller’s toasted! The parents are all on your side. They think the accident was her fault, not yours… Why would I call you if I hated you?… You didn’t ruin Ms. Heller’s life. And Niki just has to get better…  Girl, you are spending way too much time home alone. You should totally come back to school.

 2. We are making a short film of your story, who plays the lead character?

Has to be Shailene Woodley. After starring in Divergent and in the upcoming TFIOS, I know she would get Dana.

 3. If you were hired to co-author a book with a best selling YA author of YOUR choice, who would you choose?

Let me answer this question with a list.

Things I would volunteer to co-author with John Green:

a YA novel
a short story for Sucker
a Post-it note

4. Describe your weirdest writing habit.

I’m super sensitive about anyone looking over my shoulder while I write, but when I’m revising, if I change one word on a page I read it aloud to everyone I know:  ”What do you think? Which way does it sound better?”

5. Which character in the classic teen movie The Breakfast Club bests describes you in high school?

It’s got to be Carl the Janitor. Remember when he tells the Breakfast Club, “I look through your letters, I look through your lockers. I listen to your conversations, you don’t know that but I do. I am the eyes and ears of this institution my friends.” I’m not sure what Carl did with all his observations, but I was obviously taking notes to help future me write YA fiction!

 6. What’s the best part about being a member of the Sucker family (so far!)?

Sucker is a labor of love start to finish, and when you become a part of it you really feel that love! It was a long road to get here, but positive Sucker vibes kept me from losing heart and the editorial feedback has been fabulous. My story is twenty times stronger (and half as long) as it was the first time I thought it was “done.”

To read Mary’s story in volume 3, click here.

How I Found Sucker, Kimberly Kreines, author of “Black Lacey”

I found Sucker as a staff reader first. I enjoyed reading all of the submissions for the first two issues and decided to submit for volume three. My experience working on both ends has been phenomenal. The staff is supportive of the writers, and I can tell by all the enthusiasm and hard work involved that Sucker does its best to promote the writers as well as each volume. I feel very fortunate to be one of the writers in volume three.

– Kimberly Kreines, author of “Black Lacey” volume 3

How I Found Sucker, Mary Malhotra author of “Superpower “

My super supportive family helped me find Sucker. My son and his wife Mia (a published poet who is an experienced citizen of the world of literary journals) gave me a birthday card including advice on great journals to submit my work to — and Sucker was on the shortlist. Meanwhile, my mom (and fellow SCBWI member) pointed out an SCBWI article featuring Sucker and editor Hannah Goodman. I got my hands on Volume 1, devoured it, and knew I wanted to be part of the Sucker family! I can’t say enough about the wonderful feedback Hannah and her amazing team give, whether your story is almost there or almost-almost there. Even if a story is rejected outright — I’ve been there too — the feedback makes it not like a slap in the face but rather like an invitation to keep working.

-Mary Malhotra author of  “Superpower ”

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How I Found Sucker- Lilliam Rivera

I found out about Sucker Literary through twitter. Someone in my timeline posted how the journal was looking for young adult submissions. It’s been a great experience. The editors work really close to make sure you are putting out your best work. They’ve worked closely with me to make this story as strong as possible.

Lilliam Rivera, “The H8TE”,  Volume III, click here.


How I Found Sucker, Evelyn Ehrlich author of “The Chemistry of You and Me”

Years ago, at my first SCBWI conference in LA, I befriended Lilliam Rivera, a sassy and very fashionable YA writer. We kept in touch and saw each other every summer at the LA conference, where we’d share our small successes and cheer each other on. Fast forward to this fall, when I caught a tweet from Lilliam that Sucker had an open call for submissions. It was a sign. I already had THE CHEMISTRY OF YOU AND ME written. I sent it in. A few weeks later, I got “The Email” from Hannah Goodman, editor extraordinaire, that my piece had been accepted for publication. Woo hoo! I tweeted about it, of course. And that’s when Lilliam revealed that she, too, had a story forthcoming in volume 3. It really was fate that we’d take this journey together and wind up published at the same time, in the same anthology. So now we’re not only friends, we’re also Sucker family.

Evelyn Ehrlich author of “The Chemistry of You and Me”, Volume III, click here.


How I Found Sucker- Kristina Wojtaszek

I found Sucker Lit online when I was searching for more YA to read.  I guess you could say it was love at first sight, because Sucker offers the real emotions and widely different viewpoints of true-to-life YA experiences.  Sucker doesn’t shy away from the tough issues, and I think that kind of honesty is just what teens are looking for.  It’s an amazing experience to be caught up in a stunning story that actually resonates with your own life, and I think it’s a rare experience, too.  I am not ashamed to say that this is my third attempt at getting a story published in Sucker (and my first success).  Hannah is an amazing editor and she really is looking for the best of the best!

Find out more about Kristina, here.

To purchase volume III, click here.

How I Found Sucker, Charity Tahmaseb author of ” Just a Matter of Time”

I can’t remember exactly. I think Sucker popped up on my radar via YARN: Young Adult Review Network. All I remember is being so excited at another venue for young adult short stories. I bought volumes 1 and 2 right when they came out and I’m so thrilled to be part of volume 3.

Charity Tahmaseb, author of  “Just a Matter of Time”

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How I Found Sucker, Shelli Cornelison, author of “Halfway From”

I actually can’t remember how I first found Sucker. It had to have been online, but I don’t remember the specifics. I feel like I’ve always known about Sucker! Being a part of Sucker and watching it grow has been a great experience. The editorial suggestions have been spot on and I now interact regularly with writers I know only because of Sucker. I can’t wait for Hannah to make it to Austin. There’s a margarita here with her name on it.

– Shelli Cornelison, author of “Halfway From”

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How I Found Sucker, Claudia Classon author of “Valentine’s Day”

In 2011 my agent and friend, Erzsi Deak (of Hen and Ink Literary Studio) sent me Hannah’s announcement requesting short YA fiction for a new teen lit magazine coming out in 2012.  I polished a story I’d written some weeks before and sent it in–and a few weeks later received a note from Hannah that my story was her first YES.  I was thrilled!  The rest (two more stories in SUCKERs #2 and #3) is history!  Hannah and her team (too many names, too little time) are fantastic–great editors, designers, readers.  Everything about working with them has been positive.

Claudia Classon, author of “Valentine’s Day ”

To purchase volume III, click here.

How I Found Sucker, Kacey Vanderkarr

I found Sucker on Duotrope when I started querying “How to Fall.” At that point, I hadn’t written much short fiction and boy did I hit a gold mine with Sucker! Everyone is ridiculously hard working. I’m so proud to be a part of the Sucker family and I can’t wait to see what the future brings!


To learn more about Kacey,  go to her website.

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