The Supernormal Legacy Trilogy
When she was just seven years old, Olivia Woodson already knew she was a supernormal, someone with super powers who must protect normals. Then she witnessed her supernormal mother die fighting terrorists, and fear and guilt drove Olivia to cut off all contact with her mother’s family and reject her destiny as a supernormal. Now, at 14, she just wants is to live her life as a teenager with her normal father, maybe grow up to be an environmental lawyer or a photojournalist. But when Olivia and her boyfriend, Jack, get caught in the middle of a bank robbery, she must choose between using her supernormal powers or watching the robbers kill innocent people. Olivia’s powers awaken, saving the day. She tells herself this is the only time she’ll ever use them, but her powers refuse to be contained, forcing Olivia to do what she dreads most – connect with the supernormal side of her family and awaken the power that has been lying dormant inside her.
It’s been four months since Olivia Woodson Brighthall accepted her supernormal heritage, four months since Emma went evil, four months since Ben went to prison. Now Olivia spends her days balancing supernormal life – training, hunting, and improving her abilities – with normal life – school, family time with Dad, and hiding her secret from her friends.
When Portland is flooded with more supernormal beasts than ever before, a warning from one monster suggests someone is coordinating the attacks. But who?
And then Olivia starts seeing visions…
Olivia Woodson Brighthall set out to rescue Benjamin Hallowfield, but she was captured. She wakes up in Mountain of Ash’s lair, where her traitorous cousin Emma introduces Olivia to Isaac Milton. He plans to use her powers to destroy all normals.
I was honored when my short story Zombie Apocalypse Rescue Agency was selected to be included in this amazing anthology celebrating the Year of Publishing Women.
Sydney Culpepper, editor, has this to say about the anthology:
One question that Not a Pipe Publishing has received many times since taking on Kamila Shamsie’s challenge to make 2018 the Year of Publishing Women is “Why?” My response is, “Why not?” Why are some people so afraid of a Year of Publishing Women when we’ve already had Centuries of Publishing Men?
When one looks at the ‘classics’ of literature that are taught in school, who do we see? We see William Shakespeare and George Orwell; Edgar Allen Poe and Leo Tolstoy; and the list of white men continues. In contrast, how many classic women authors are there? Only Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters come to the forefront of most minds, with the occasional Mary Shelley or Virginia Woolf.
It is an undeniable fact that the publishing industry had favored works by white men for centuries. This a result of the patriarchal, white-centric society that has thrived in most parts of the world. It is the result of a lack of equal rights and education, not a result of inherent talent.
Yes, these male authors and books shaped the world; I don’t disagree. However, I invite you to think about how many books by women and people of color could have also shaped the world if only they’d been given the tools, education, and time.
I will step off my soap box now to say this: I am deeply grateful to Not a Pipe Publishing for taking on the Year of Publishing Women, and for giving me this project to lead. Companies like Not a Pipe and people like the Gormans give me hope for our world, because a diverse world that celebrates all of its voices is a better world.
I have been so humbled by the many story submissions we received throughout the year, and I’m so grateful this short story project was a success. When I was selecting which stories to include in the anthology–not an easy series of decisions in the slightest–I kept thinking about a theme to center the anthology around, but I kept hitting a wall.
All of these stories are as unique and individual as the authors who wrote them, and I struggled to come up with a unifying theme until I realized the strength behind each piece. You will notice that each one of them has a message or element of strength behind it that will blow you away and destroy any doubts you have about the power of women.
No longer will women and people of color and members of other marginalized communities be kept silent. We will fight for our words and our stories because we can change the world, too.
–Sydney Culpepper, Editor