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Alethea Kontis courtesy of Lumos Studio 2012

Short Bio:

Alethea Kontis is a princess, author, fairy godmother, and geek. Author of over twenty books and contributor to over thirty more, her award-winning writing has been published for multiple age groups across all genres. Host of “Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Rants” and Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow every year at Dragon Con, Alethea also narrates for ACX, IGMS, Escape Pod, Pseudopod, and Cast of Wonders. Alethea currently resides on the Space Coast of Florida with her teddy bear, Charlie. Find out more about Princess Alethea and the magic, wonderful world in which she lives here:




Long Bio:

dcon-parade-2014New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, a fairy godmother, and a geek. She’s known for screwing up the alphabet, making horror movies with her friends, and ranting about fairy tales on YouTube.


Alethea’s published works include novels, novellas, and companions in the universes of Arilland, Nocturne Falls, Barefoot Bay, and Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunters; the AlphaOops picture books; Haven, Kansas; Wild & Wishful, Dark & Dreaming; The Wonderland Alphabet; and Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome. Her short fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in a myriad of anthologies and magazines.


Alethea’s YA fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won both the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award and Garden State Teen Book Award. Enchanted was nominated for the Audie Award in 2013 and was selected for World Book Night in 2014. Both Enchanted and its sequel, Hero, were nominated for the Andre Norton Award. Tales of Arilland, a short story collection set in the same fairy tale world, won a second Gelett Burgess Award in 2015. The second book in The Trix Adventures, Trix and the Faerie Queen, was a finalist for the Dragon Award in 2016.


Princess Alethea was given the honor of speaking about fairy tales at the Library of Congress in 2013. In 2015, she gave a keynote address at the Lewis Carroll Society’s Alice150 Conference in New York City, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. She also enjoys speaking at schools and festivals all over the US. (If forced to choose between all these things, she says middle schools are her favorite!


Born in Burlington, Vermont, Alethea currently lives and writes on the Space Coast of Florida. She makes the best baklava you’ve ever tasted and sleeps with a teddy bear named Charlie. Find out more about Princess Alethea and the magic, wonderful world in which she lives here:


Daily News Journal, Feb 14, 2009

The Daily News Journal, Feb 14, 2009


Princess Alethea’s 11 Best Fairy Tale Movies (USA Today)

Alethea Kontis: Under the Influence of Andre Norton (USA Today)

Alethea Kontis: Wings Trip Her Fiction Trigger (USA Today)

Interview, Alethea Kontis: HERO (USA Today)

10 Books to Read While Waiting Impatiently for Maleficent (HuffPo)

24 Books You Should Read Based on Your Favorite TV Shows (Buzzfeed)

46 of the Most Beautiful Sentences in YA Literature (Buzzfeed)

…even Charlie (my infamous teddy bear) had a feature appearance in USA Today!

Charlie in USA Today





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ENCHANTED, a 2014 World Book Night Selection!

World Book Night Selection (2014)