6 Questions With Hannah R. Goodman, Author of A Different Kind Of Cute

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

ME: Slatch is dead, Charlotte. He died of shock.

CHARLOTTE: Oh, shit. . . .this is probably my fault.

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

The girl from Awkward (the heavier one)

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

Stephen Chbosky

4. Describe your weirdest writing habit.

I need noise to compose (coffee shop type) and silence to edit. Maybe that’s not really weird??

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

A cross between the nerd and the outcast. But sometimes I could be the Molly Ringwald character.

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

My amazing staff and writers.

To read Hannah’s story in volume 3, click here.

6 Questions With Kimberly Kreines, Author of Black Lacey

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

The phone rings. Brenn picks up.

Brenn: Hey.

Me: AHHHHH!

Brenn: Oh my God, my ear.

Me: I passed! I can drive!

Brenn: Thank, God because the twins are about to push me over the edge, I swear to you. Get me out of here.

Me: Okay, yeah. Okay, I can do that. I’ll just drive over in my car with my new license. And I’ll pick you up in my car with my new license. And then we can go somewhere in my car with—

Brenn: Just do it already!

Me: I’ll be there in fifteen minutes.

Brenn: Thank you.

Me: In my car with my new license. (I giggle/squeal as I hang up.)

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

This is a great question. I’m a very visual writer. As I wrote I had a vision of Brenn in my head, so I know exactly what she should look like: short-ish with long brown hair and a crooked smile. But Brenn is really more about what’s inside than what’s outside. She’s such an introvert. Most of what she struggles with happens under the surface while she is busy faking it for the rest of the world, so I would want an actress who could really capture that. I think Ariel Winter (Alex Dunphy from Modern Family) could do the job. Ariel has the ability to hold emotion behind her eyes, and that’s what I see Brenn doing a lot.

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

First you should know that I don’t play well with others. Never have. So I have a really hard time thinking about co-authoring anything with anyone. But that being said, even I can admit that it would be insane to pass up the chance to work with a best selling author. So my answer is John Green. He wrote, among others, two of my favorite YA books: An Abundance of Katherines and The Fault in Our Stars. His writing is magical. It has the ability to transport while keeping one firmly planted on the ground. He writes some of the best dialogue that I have ever read and he has developed characters that are as real as many of the real people I know. I would want to write with him because (very selfishly) I think I could learn a lot from him.

 

4. Describe your weirdest writing habit.

Hmmm, this is a hard one. Hard because I think I have a lot of weird writing habits (though I’ve never watched another writer write, so I guess maybe my habits are completely normal – or not). One thing I do is change my writing location with each chapter. Every time I finish a chapter I move from one chair to another. I usually write from home, so one day I’ll sit in my couch, another on the floor, the next I’ll stand at the kitchen bar, and the day after that I’ll curl up by the fireplace or sit at the dining room table. Moving around like that helps me mark my progress. If I’m in one location for too long that means I’m stuck on a chapter and I need to figure out something deeper that’s not working with the story.

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

None of them. The truth is that in High School I clung so close to the straight and narrow that I would never have gone outside my box enough to learn something in that detention room that day. I would have been the kid who did exactly what was asked. Diligently and without question. And I would have wanted my essay to get an A++. I wouldn’t have cared that the rest of the room was learning an existential life lesson – I wouldn’t have even noticed, I would have been too busy revising and rewriting. Also (read huge goody-two-shoes) I would never have gotten a detention.

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

The support. No question. It is amazing to feel like there is someone out there who cares as much about my story as I do. Thank you, Sucker for everything you do, you’ll never know just how much difference you really make.

Read Kimberly’s story in volume 3. Click here.

6 Questions With Kristina Wojtaszek, author of If It Rains

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

My job was to challenge Alexandra, to force her growth, so if I were to continue the story in any way, it would be with news that would make her take a step beyond what she’s already accomplished by forgiving herself.  So I’d probably call up as The Asshole, with news that I’m leaving town, and before I go, I want her forgiveness.  I’d force her to choose to see him or not, to figure out what she needs to do to move on.  The first thing she’d want to do is to call up Ernie for some no-bullshit advice, but maybe she wouldn’t.  Maybe as Alexandra learns to trust herself, she’d go it alone and report back to Ernie after all was conquered.  I envision her walking up to Ernie and revealing a little scrap of paper with The Asshole’s phone number on it and ripping it up with a smirk.  They’d make confetti out of the scraps, and celebrate her independence.

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

You know, I’m sort of a hermit lately and I really don’t watch enough TV or movies to say, but I’ve always liked Claire Danes and I think she did an amazing job in Brokedown Palace.  It would have to be someone like her who could be authentic in the roll of a somewhat troubled and uncertain young woman.

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

I would grovel at the feet of Katja Millay, author of The Sea of Tranquility.  Because she’s honest with her characters, and brutal, and scrapes for the shine beneath the tarnish.  And she’s smart with symbolism.  Those are all elements I strive for in my own stories.

 4. Describe your weirdest writing habit.

I write myself to sleep.  Not literally, but in my head.  Sleep is a sacred time for me, and I take hours to get there (gotta love insomnia).  So I actually do a good deal of writing in my head as a way to work through plots and problems, and eventually (if I’m lucky) I end up dreaming scenes that will come back to me later when I sit down to write.

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

I admit, I had to rewatch the movie because I could only remember bits of it, but Allison nailed me the moment she began drawing in the back row.  I wasn’t as eccentric as her, but definitely as much of a no name.  In fact, by the time I graduated from high school, instead of knowing anything about myself, all I knew was what I wasn’t; I wasn’t good at sports, I wasn’t smart, I wasn’t a partier or a goth, I had no school spirit or motivation for anything, I was the opposite of popular, but I wasn’t even picked on all that much either, because I learned how to be ignored.  Actually, I might have been an anti-Allison, because while she was looking for attention, I was looking for ways to hide.  Only now that I’m in my early 30s do I realize that I was an artist and a writer; a quiet observer of people.  Back then, I didn’t even have enough confidence to claim that for myself.

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

The best part of being a Sucker(!) for me is finally feeling like the younger me that I’ve buried so deep has a place of acceptance.  Connecting with other YA writers and readers seems to me more than just a professional link, it feels like a confessional link– that hey, we’ve all been there, felt awkward, loved too much, gotten in and out of trouble and fought against our own identities, and in our writing, at least, we’ve never truly left.

To read Kristina’s story in volume 3, click here.