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Alethea Kontis courtesy of Lumos Studio 2012

Short Bio:

Alethea Kontis is a princess, author, fairy godmother, and geek. Her bestselling Books of Arilland fairytale series won two Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards (Enchanted and Tales of Arilland), and was twice nominated for the Andre Norton Award. Alethea also penned the AlphaOops picture books, The Wonderland AlphabetDiary of a Mad Scientist Garden GnomeBeauty & DynamiteThe Dark-Hunter Companion (w/Sherrilyn Kenyon), and a myriad of poems, essays, and short stories. Princess Alethea lives and writes on the Space Coast of Florida with her teddy bear, Charlie. You can find her on her YouTube channel, all the social media, and at

Long Bio:

New 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, scolding vampire hunters, and ranting about fairy tales on YouTube.

Alethea’s published works include: the Books of Arilland fairy tale series, the AlphaOops series (with Bob Kolar), The Wonderland Alphabet (with Janet K. Lee), Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome (with Janet K. Lee), and The Dark-Hunter Companion (with Sherrilyn Kenyon). 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)