6 Questions With Kacey Vanderkarr, Author of How To Fall

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

Ballet doesn’t leave Alyssa much time for friends, so the only possible “news” she’d be excited about is a ballet audition or a position in summer classes at ABA or Julliard. She’d love the opportunity to dance outside of her mother’s shadow, though her reaction would be mixed, half anticipatory of the opportunity, and half terrified that she’ll somehow screw it up, just as her mother expects her to.

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

Emma Watson embodies everything I see in Alyssa. She has the perfect dancer’s body and performs every role in a believable way.

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

Cassandra Clare is my writing idol. I admire her writing style as well as how patiently she interacts with her fans. I’ve learned so much from reading her books. She never fails to inspire me.

4. Describe your weirdest writing habit.

I wouldn’t describe any of my habits as weird, but I do some of my best writing in public, when I’m distracted by strangers. I swear by notebook writing with a pen, especially when I’m stuck. There’s something organic about writing a scene the old-fashioned way. It takes longer to write, therefore, the words have more time to process before they make it to the page.

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

The Breakfast Club? I hate to be the one to point out that I was born the year this movie was released and I had to do some serious research to answer this question. First, I asked my husband whom he thought I was most like. He said Claire, because I’m the moral compass of the group. I asked my best friend, who responded that I’m most like John because I’m honest, but when it comes down to it, caring.

At this point, I was thoroughly frustrated, how was I to answer this question without watching the movie if my best friend and husband couldn’t agree on who I was most like?

So I sucked it up and watched, deciding that I think I’m most like Andrew. But in the end, does it really matter who I am? You see me as you want to see me.

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

Knowing that there’s a place where my voice counts and is heard. The writing world, and the internet in general, is such a cutthroat business. In Sucker, I’ve found people I can trust and talk to, people who like young adult literature and want to embrace the fledgling quality of this market and not just block it off to newcomers. As and editor, Hannah is fantastic. She takes the time to work with everyone, no matter what they are contributing to the magazine. It’s not always easy, but I know that Hannah cares about what we do, and where the magazine is going. It’s a very safe and supportive place to be.

To read Kacey Vanderkarr‘s story in volume 3, 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.

To purchase volume III, click here.

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.

To purchase volume III, click here.

Awesome Stuff Happening at SUCKER LITERARY

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