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, “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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