Like TV? Like to read? Have I got something for you. Presenting Empower: Fight Like a Girl, a special collection of short stories by top women writers from some of your favorite shows, including: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Family Guy, Person of Interest, Grimm, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Law & Order: SVU, Star Trek: Voyager, Eureka, Twisted, The 100, Malcolm in the Middle, Millennium, Being Human, The Shield, Castle, Chuck, Gilmore Girls, and Game of Thrones. Empower: Fight Like a Girl is available now on Amazon. All proceeds go to the Lupus Foundation of America. Keep reading. There are more details below.
Empower: Fight Like a Girl came together because our friend and fellow TV scribe, Maurissa Tancharoen Whedon, executive producer for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (and our cover girl above) has been coping with lupus. We decided to raise money for the Lupus Foundation of America and support its research efforts.
Lupus is called the “cruel mystery” because it’s a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body, including vital organs. Think about that. Lupus can damage the brain, heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, skin, joints, you name it. It affects approximately 1.5 million people in the US alone. Women are more likely to be affected, hence the theme of our book – Empower: Fight Like a Girl. Currently, there is no cure for lupus. We’d like to change that!
The Empower: Fight Like a Girl project was spearheaded by two incredibly talented and compassionate women, Pang-Ni Landrum and Jennifer Quintenz. They enlisted all the writers as well as two wonderful editors, Lisa Benjamin Goodgame and Julie Van Keuren. Plus, multi-hyphenate Jenn Quintenz created our knockout cover art and formatted the book.
Empower: Fight Like a Girl gives readers an intimate look into the some of their favorite TV writers’ minds. There is something for everyone as the short stories encompass horror, comedy, mystery, thrillers, and drama. There’s a dash of salty language.
So what’s in the book?
Here’s an overview of the stories in this power-packed anthology.
- Amy Berg‘s “Outlaw” is an Old West tale of villainy and revenge.
- Cherry Chevapravatdrumrong‘s “Healthy Happy Halie!” is a laugh-out-loud chronicle of a former-actress-turned-food-fun-fitness blogger, who goes a little cray-cray on Paleo.
- Akela Cooper‘s “Hallelujah” is a horror story about young girl with a dark secret who fights evil with evil.
- In “Three Minutes,” Liz Edwards takes us inside the mind of a terrified teen as she prepares herself to fight a home intruder.
- In a clever twist on the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale, Once Upon a Time‘s Jane Espenson goes “INT. WOLF–NIGHT.”
- Shalisha Francis and Nadine Knight illuminate Jamaican island life on a post-apocalyptic Earth in “XAYMACA.”
- Lisa Klink explores the aftermath of an LA earthquake and a paramedic’s risky attempt to save a man buried in the rubble.
- In “Suzie Homemaker/Apocalypse Ass Kicker,” Pang-Ni Landrum highlights the finer points of Bel-Air book clubs and zombie attacks.
- Lauren LeFranc‘s “Positive Symptoms” is a survival story about woman lost in an Antarctic whiteout.
- In “Dangerous Stars,” Kam Miller weaves a crime mystery about a victims assistance psychologist whose intuition tells her an apparent suicide is actually murder.
- Jess Pineda‘s “Home” is a comedic and touching story about an American who goes on a relief mission to Cuba and finds she’s the one who needs relief.
- Jennifer Quintenz expands her fantastic “Daughters of Lilith” universe in a story about motherly love called “Stolen Child.”
- In “Still Waters,” Lisa Randolph plumbs the depths of love, loss, and grief when two widows – one young, one old – muddle through life after their husbands’ deaths.
- Kay Reindl spins a wickedly twisted tale of forgotten pasts and revenge in “Martyoshka.”
- Kira Snyder‘s “Bat Girl” tells a crafty mystery about a Rubenesque beauty named Hildy.
- Jeane Wong shares a poignant story, “Crystal Brook,” about a woman’s sorrow in the wake of her lifelong love’s death.
Thanks and cheers!