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 ”

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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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