Once and Future Princess

This week I had the privilege of being featured on my good friend Anton Strout’s “The Once and Future Podcast.” We got very writerly in our discussion — folks looking to hear about the struggles of writing life…and writing sequels…and writing under stress…and writing while over committed…will LOVE this one. Just click on the image below! This week I…

EXPLORE

Lunch Money @ CCPL

If you have children and don’t know about the band Lunch Money, you should really get on that. Here’s a video I took of Lunch Money performing “Going to the Library” at the Charleston Public Library on May 30th. It was so awesome to finally see them play LIVE!!

EXPLORE

Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 23

Episode 23: “The Foundling” This fairy tale (also known as “Fundevogel”) is the basis for the origin of Trix Woodcutter’s character in Enchanted. If you prefer to listen on YouTube you can here, courtesy of The Book Rat: Also, be sure to check out Princess Alethea’s YouTube Rant about this fairy tale HERE.

EXPLORE

The Essence of Fabulous

I was asked once what my favorite thing was about being a writer. My answer was probably the standard, “I get to write the books like the ones I loved as a kid and share them with the world.” I’m adding a caveat to that today. I do get to write the books I loved as a kid and…

EXPLORE

My Audio Dreamgirl

I’ve been friends with the folks at Brilliance Audio for almost a decade. We’ve always said, half-jokingly, that when my first novel was published, Brilliance would do the audiobook. Brilliance brought me up to Michigan for a tour of their facilities and a John Green event for Paper Towns back in 2008. They took me under their wing and…

EXPLORE

Uh-LEE-thee-uh

People are always wondering how to say my name. Every so often, I have to make a post and remind them. Thanks to clever Audacity and the fabulous microphone on my Powerbook, I can say it for you aloud so there is no misunderstanding. READY?!? Say it with me: ALETHEA KONTIS Now I’m going to stick this on my…

EXPLORE

The Princess Pendragon

This week, Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre makes a guest appearance on the genre ladies podcast Pendragon Variety (Episode 32). The tale they’ve chosen to feature as an Editor Favorite is “The Giant & the Tailor.” I must say these ladies and their tales amuse me greatly. This particular podcast starts out with a pretty fabulous “That’s what she…

EXPLORE

Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 20

Episode 20: “Mother Hulda” (7:18) Mother Hulda, or Frau Holle, is possibly the goddess of Hell, a goddess of marriage, and/or goddess of the weather. Prompted by a footnote in my book, I looked up Mother Hulde on Wikipedia: The legend itself, as it was eventually passed to the Grimm Brothers, originates from oral traditions in Central Germany in…

EXPLORE

Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 19

Episode 19: “The Three Spinners” (6:11) I’d almost say this tale was a retelling, if I hadn’t read it from The Brothers Grimm with my own eyes. “The Three Spinners” is a…well..spin on “Rumplestiltskin,” starring a girl as clever as she is lazy. I won’t give away any spoilers, but I have a feeling that my romance writer friends…

EXPLORE