The Story Behind The Story: Allie Brennan’s Dark Angel

About a year ago, I had just finished another book about an impossibly sexy angel guy and his weak (and clueless) human soul-mate. Now, I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy the book, but it made me think; what if the roles were reversed. What would happen if there was a strong kick-ass and sexy female angel and her weak and plain human lover boy. And to really twist it up, what if she was the bad guy? Or supposed to be the bad guy?

To get my novels straight in my head, I sometimes write short stories about them to work out voice, character traits, tone, etc. Well, that’s what I did here (minus lover boy), and I blew through this story so fast I barely breathed. I immediately fell in love with my feisty DARK ANGEL, Lucy, and her jerk of a brother, Damon. Continue reading

The Story Behind The Story: Kelly Samuels’ Do You Remember Fred?

KELLY SAMUELS, author of “Do You Remember Fred?”

www.KellySamuels.com

A few years back, I went to UCLA to investigate their Extension’s decorating program.  And now I’m a writer.  Somehow I ended up at the Writer’s Fair, sat in on a lecture and listened to an author talk about all the characters she has swimming around in her head.  I thought, Hallelujah, I don’t have a multiple personality disorder; I just have characters searching for a plot. (Some characters I’ve had with me since childhood!) Continue reading

The Story Behind The Story: Hannah R. Goodman’s Miki and Dex

Hannah R. Goodman, author of “Miki & Dex” SUCKER LITERARY: an anthology (volume 2)
www.hannahrgoodman.com

This is a story taken directly from an episode of the TV show that could be my teenage years: The Hannah Chronicles. It is highly fictionalized for your consumption because what really happened that night . . . well, let’s put it this way, there is a reason why I only write fiction and why I will NEVER write a memoir. Continue reading

The Story Behind The Story: Claudia Snow Classon’s Angels and Serendipity

Claudia Snow Classon, author of “Angels and Serendipity”
http://wordprowler.blogspot.com/

Last summer I learned that having a second story accepted by SUCKER entitles an author to a whole new level of editorial support. While most literary magazines merely offer a perfunctory assessment of one’s latest blood, sweat, and tears opus, SUCKER ups the ante by providing en suite one-on-one overnight collaboration. Continue reading

Story behind the story: Paul Heinz’s The Missing Ingredient

The story behind the story “The Missing Ingredient”

PAUL HEINZ
www.paulheinz.com

A transcription of a conversation with my therapist, July 2012

Therapist: So in summary, what you seem to be saying is that you’re still holding onto the humiliation you felt as a teenager.

Me:  Well, duh. Isn’t everyone? Continue reading

The story behind the story: Kathleen Ingraham

Kathleen Ingraham, author of “A Little Bit of Sunshine”
www.seekathleenwrite.com

My story, “A Little Bit of Sunshine” began while I was attending the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College. I was taking a class from the amazing David Yoo about beginnings.  One of our assignments was to write the first sentence of a story. The opening sentence to my piece is what I wrote. Continue reading

Tumblr, Swag, AWP…oh my!

Some tidbits from the front lines of Sucker:

  • We are now on Tumblr, spearheaded by our marketing editor Hannah (cool name) Squires. Contact her at suckertumblr@gmail.com
  • Sucker has merch now. Check out our shop on CafePress. Cool t-shirts, tote bag, and magnets. More to come…http://www.cafepress.com/suckerliteraryboutique
  • We will be at AWP this March…no table but our presence will be known…https://www.awpwriter.org/awp_conference/overview
  • Volume 2 is coming together. Look for some teasers in the coming weeks before we go to press.

Stay tuned for a blog this week from one of the writers that we will feature in volume 2.

 

 

 

NEW LOOK

While we get volume 2 of Sucker Literary together, I figured it was time to get a new look, (try) to establish a brand, if you will. Our signature lollipop is now incorporated into the new look. We are trying to work on a logo right now, too. For now, take a look-see at some of the ideas for our logo below…and look around at the site. We are, as always, a work-in-progress! Continue reading

Fear & Expectations

*This blog was recently published on our founder’s blog. Here it is in its entirety.
PART I
A High Bar
When I started Sucker a little over a year ago, I had zero expectations and a glowing vision of what I wanted to do: Publish the best in edgy, emerging YA literary fiction and provide all submitters with feedback that would not crush their hearts. Creating a supportive environment, even among those we had to reject, was tantamount to the desire to publish stellar YA fiction. Continue reading