How I Found Sucker, Lina Branter author of “Her Tree Boy Blaze”

How I found Sucker? I think I was trolling the internet to see what kind of magazines or journals were out there that showcased writing for young adults. I think Sucker Literary popped up right away!

My experience? My experience has been one of the most rewarding of my writing career and I say that with not even a hint of hyperbole. My writing has never been subject to such careful scrutiny and respectful critique. The care the Sucker editors took in helping me mold my piece and the seriousness with which they did it was shocking at first, gratifying during and resulted in me having more respect for myself as a writer (because if these smart ladies thought my writing was worth it, then who am I to argue?) and a desire to have all my stories go through such a rigorous editorial process. Thank you so much Sucker ladies!

Lina Branter, author of “Her Tree Boy Blaze”

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How I Found Sucker- Founder Hannah R. Goodman

How I found Sucker? Well, I found it by looking around and seeing there wasn’t anything out there that fit my writing style. So I made Sucker. . . and how has it been? The very best experience in my writing life and the serendipitous connections to my staff and writers is truly mystical and magical. xoxoxox

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The Story Behind The Story, “The H8TE”

My inspiration behind the story came from a newspaper article I read when I was young on how these parents chained up their daughter because they believed she was possessed. That article always stayed with me and because I’m a zombie fan, I thought it would be an interesting twist to have a teenage protagonist forced to take care of her zombie mother.

-Lilliam Rivera

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The Story Behind The Story, “If It Rains”

If It Rains was inspired by a deeply personal experience that, at almost 32 years old, I am still not comfortable talking about.  Although I began writing this story as a way to deal with my own raw emotions that still linger from my high school days, I completely made up all of the characters and the setting, because this story isn’t about me; it’s about being pressured.  And anyone can be pressured at anytime, into drinking, bullying, doing stupid stunts, anything a person doesn’t feel comfortable with.  Alexandra suffers serious mental and emotional repercussions after being pressured and giving in to that pressure, and even begins to feel as if she can no longer trust herself.  I know her experience is realistic, because I experienced much of her pain myself.  I guess you could say I wrote this story to remind us all to have the confidence to stick by our own decisions and trust our guts, and to respect the decisions that others make for themselves.

Kristina Wojtaszek  http://authorkw.wordpress.com/

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The Story Behind The Story, “How To Fall”

“How to Fall” is a deeply personal story for me. I never reached the point in my dance career where I considered going professional, I never auditioned for Joffrey or ABA or wanted to go to Julliard, but I always found passion in dance, a kind of release that comes only from art. It’s the ability to close your eyes and be somewhere—someone—else entirely. I also know what it’s like to live in the shadows, always trying to be seen, always trying to be more than just myself. Alyssa’s journey of self-discovery is as symbolic as it is literal. Find the person who will catch you.

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The Story Behind The Story, “Superpower” by Mary Malhotra

When I’m not writing, I tutor students who have to stay home from school for weeks at a time for health reasons. I empathize with how hard it is when they go back to school. In junior high, I was absent for three weeks after a tonsillectomy, and I felt like the whole school was talking about me and judging me when I came back. I had to wonder, how much worse would it have been if I had actually done something to cause my own absence, something terrible I couldn’t forgive myself for?

-Mary Malhotra, “Superpower”

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The Story Behind The Story, “The Chemistry of You and Me” Evelyn Ehrlich

I wish I had a quirky story about how I got the idea for THE CHEMISTRY OF YOU AND ME, but the reality is, Cameron just walked into my head one day. I knew I wanted to build his story with the periodic table as the foundation, and after that, the characters and the non-linear plot unfolded on its own as I went through each element. Some chapters–like Lithium and Oxygen–were planned, while others, like Manganese, completely surprised me but made perfect sense once I wrote them down. It’s almost as if Cam’s story already existed out there in the ether, and my job was to find the pieces and figure it out.

-Evelyn Ehrlich, author of “The Chemistry of You and Me”

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The Story Behind The Story, “Halfway From” by Shelli Cornelison

I was driving when the spark for this story happened. A helicopter flew over and I looked up to see if it was the medical helicopter, the local news, or a military chopper. For some reason that made me start thinking about how helicopters are used for great things, like medical rescues or dumping water on fires, but how they can also be frightening for some people. Specifically people with PTSD, people for whom the sound of chopper blades might be related to unpleasant memories. I started to wonder about the varying degrees of suffering caused by PTSD, which became thoughts about the multiple forms of mental illness and addiction (hello, welcome to the rabbit hole that is my mind). Suddenly, I had an image of Ray on the porch swing. This was the first time I got a supporting character before the main character. But when I realized I was seeing him through Dawn’s eyes, it was on. She had a story to tell.

-Shelli Cornelison, author of “Halfway From”

 

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The Story Behind The Story, “Valentine’s Day” by Claudia Classon

Who hasn’t suffered from unrequited love–particularly the long-suffering high school kind?  In tenth grade I remember one particularly frustrating crush I had on a guy a year older than me who ignored every signal I aimed his way.  Just when I decided he was too into himself to ever have a girlfriend, he started going out with a girl in his class. Grr.  I finally got over the jerk and he graduated and went off to college the next year.  But then at the end of my senior year he came back and started hanging out with our theatre crowd again and my crush re-bloomed.  You guessed it: nothing happened.  I couldn’t really move on until I left for college myself.  P.S. he WAS too into himself to have a girlfriend.  So there.

– Claudia Classon author of “Valentine’s Day”

 

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