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.

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The Story Behind The Story, “Superpower” by Mary Malhotra

When I’m not writing, I tutor students who have to stay home from school for weeks at a time for health reasons. I empathize with how hard it is when they go back to school. In junior high, I was absent for three weeks after a tonsillectomy, and I felt like the whole school was talking about me and judging me when I came back. I had to wonder, how much worse would it have been if I had actually done something to cause my own absence, something terrible I couldn’t forgive myself for?

-Mary Malhotra, “Superpower”

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The Story Behind The Story, “The Chemistry of You and Me” Evelyn Ehrlich

I wish I had a quirky story about how I got the idea for THE CHEMISTRY OF YOU AND ME, but the reality is, Cameron just walked into my head one day. I knew I wanted to build his story with the periodic table as the foundation, and after that, the characters and the non-linear plot unfolded on its own as I went through each element. Some chapters–like Lithium and Oxygen–were planned, while others, like Manganese, completely surprised me but made perfect sense once I wrote them down. It’s almost as if Cam’s story already existed out there in the ether, and my job was to find the pieces and figure it out.

-Evelyn Ehrlich, author of “The Chemistry of You and Me”

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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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The Story Behind The Story, “Just a Matter of Time” by Charity Tahmaseb

I was pondering time management and all the clichés that go with it, in particular everyone has the same twenty-four hours in a day. Then I thought: what if we don’t? What if those whizzes at time management are actually stealing time from the rest of us, leaving us to wander about, wondering where we’d left our car keys.

I put that notion into a high school setting, where there always seems to be a few teens who can breeze through everything. The only reasonable explanation is they really do have more than twenty-four hours in each day.

-Charity Tahmaseb, author of “Just a Matter of Time”

 

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The Story Behind The Story, “Her Tree Boy Blaze” by Lina Branter

Three separate things inspired my story. The first was a story someone told me about their brief stint in a remote boarding school. Apparently there was an old, abandoned cabin in the woods where students would go to hook up. Then I began to think about first sexual encounters and how even if you give official consent, it can still feel violating. I actually wrote a story about this but it never really worked well so I shelved it. Then I saw a call for submissions for stories about the Green Man (a figure in different world mythologies that represents nature and fertility)  and I realized that was the missing element to my previous story! I needed a Green Man!

-Lina Branter, author of “Her Tree Boy Blaze” follow her @linagordaneer

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The Story Behind The Story, A Different Kind Of Cute

I wrote this story for my thesis when I was a grad student at The Solstice Program at Pine Manor College. It came to me during a workshop where we were writing down memories from our teen years. The memory that came to me was sophomore year, homecoming. I had a WICKED crush on a soccer player—this was during my chubby year—and he and I had been doing a little flirty flirt in the hallway and at a few of his games. Homecoming came up and through friends, I was told that he wanted to meet me there. I was so psyched!

So I got together to get ready and drive to homecoming with 19 other girls all at my house. I have a picture of us all, posed in my living room in front of the fireplace. A picture that has circulated FB and was part of our slideshow at the 20 year reunion. We are coiffed and grinning, especially me. I wore a strapless dress because with my new chubby body came big boobs and the dress was black so I felt hot for the first time since putting on the extra 30 from freshmen year.

When I arrived at the dance, I saw him in the corner with his soccer friends and his little sister, who was in my algebra class, shuffled over and said that he wanted to dance with me. . . this was a boy who definitely was in a higher social stratosphere than me, and I was so nervous. A slow song came on and he and I locked eyes, like every teen movie from the 80s and 90s. We met in the middle of the dance floor and he wrapped me in his arms and we swayed together. . . and he gave me little (very wet) kisses on my bare neck. And then. . . .it’s kind of a blur when I look back, but I know there was the heavy stench of alcohol, and I know that he left the dance floor and returned, sweaty and smelling of both throw-up and alcohol.  I know there were slurred declarations of love and that he continued to wrap his arms and lips around me. . . in a way that required his sister to try and peel him off. . . I am pretty sure he was eventually escorted out of the dance. My one chance with my super crush was ruined. . . forever.  We never, ever spoke again for the rest of high school.

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COVER REVEAL AND BOOK TRAILER!!!!

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THIS IS IT!

THE COVER FOR VOLUME III!

THANK YOU TO ALYSSA GAUDREAU!

THANK YOU TO KACEY VANDERKARR!

Bullied and alone, Ainsley seeks refuge in the arms of a strange boy. Time is slipping away for overachieving Sadie Lin, but reigniting an old flame might help. Scarred by a pressuring ex, Alexandra finally faces the rain. “Pasty and chubby” Charlotte makes a public play for the “Tan and Smooth” king. The beautiful girl in the black, lacy push-up bra says that it’s time for Brenn to stop lying . . . at least to herself. A halfway house is no home for Dawn—or is it? How will Dana survive knowing everyone at school thinks she’s a monster, when they just may be right? JJ and her crush finally get a moment alone—at his girlfriend’s hottest party of the year. Sixteen-year old Sarah prepares for her first day of school by chaining up her Mamí in her bedroom. Alyssa’s life is a well-rehearsed ballet until a tragedy sends her hurtling towards a fall. Loving a boy is as simple as chemistry . . . unless that boy is an unstable element.

Eleven stories that delve into the depths of our experience—driven by fierce and untouched love that makes us seek, lose, fear, desire, long, reflect, survive, steal, protect, fall, and confess.

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Sucker Literary Volume 3

Available April 15, 2014

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Founding Editor:

Hannah R. Goodman

Contributors:

The H8TE Lilliam Rivera

Valentine’s Day Claudia Classon 

Halfway From Shelli Cornelison

Her Tree Boy Blaze Lina Branter

How To Fall Kacey Vanderkarr 

If it Rains Kristina Wojtaszek

Black Lacy  Kimberly Kreines

Superpower Mary Malhotra 

The Chemistry of You and Me Evelyn Ehrlich

Just a Matter of Time Charity Tahmaseb

A Different Kind of Cute Hannah R. Goodman

 

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