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Sarah Interviews Princess Alethea

I was recently contacted by a high school student named Sarah K, asking for my answers on a survey she was doing for her English class…she had chosen “authors” as her demographic.

I was so intrigued by her questions that I asked if I could post them here, and she said yes. Thanks, Sarah!

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Taking Care of Business, original film posterName: Alethea Kontis
Age: 38
Race: French Canadian/Greek American
Gender: Female

What qualities do you consistently put into the protagonists of your novels? Why?
All of my protagonists have a weakness. (This weakness is usually a weakness I have as well.) In the course of the story, they are challenged and forced–at some point–to overcome this weakness.
Nobody wants to read about perfect characters! I want to read about characters like me. We might not have the same color hair or eyes or skin, but maybe she’s scared of crowds or he’s done some terrible things in his past that he regrets…and through that porthole I become that character I’m reading. I want that to happen to my readers, too.

How has being an author changed you?
I have always been a writer–I have been writing creative things down and submitting them for publication since the age of eight. Being an author as a career is a different story entirely. I have become a loud, colorful celebrity, the freak I wish I had met when I was twelve so that I knew being like this–painting my face and dyeing my hair blue and waking up with glitter on my pillow–was a valid life choice. When I was a teen, I was quiet and frumpy and hid in the corners, watching and collecting misfits. Now I jump into whatever situation scares me and live my life in such a way that I will always be able to tell great stories.

How does love in the real world compare to fictional love?
A wise man told me once: “The difference between truth and fiction is that fiction has to make sense.” There are different kinds of love, and different kinds of pain, and the more you live, the more you discover. I’m still a work in progress.

If you truly had the power to change anything about the world, where would you start?
I would give everyone in the world a huge injection of self-confidence and a good night’s sleep. I honestly think this is the solution to World Peace.

What is the difference between reality and perception?
When I was a teen, one of the movie posters on the ceiling above my bed was Taking Care of Business. It had James Belushi surfing on the roof of a fancy car and the tagline: “You are who you pretend to be.” As a child actress, this line always spoke to me and, when I was brave enough, I lived the life I wanted instead of the life I felt that had been forced upon me. Bad things happen to everyone. Good things happen too. THAT is reality. Perception is what you choose to do with that.

What is truth?
That’s an easy one: ME! Truth is my first name. “Alethea” means “truth” in Greek. I was named after a character Jodie Foster played in an episode of the TV show Kung Fu — a little girl that bravely chose not to tell a lie. Trust me, it’s as much of a curse as it is a blessing!

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Angela Slatter Interviews Princess Alethea

Princess Alethea, Jan 20149. You travel a lot for appearances and cons – how do you organise your life to fit in writing, relaxing, family, all the other stuff?

HAHAHAHAHAHA YOU SAID “ORGANIZE” HAHAHAHAHAHA

*snort*

(Click here to read the reat of the interview!)

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Fast Forward TV Interview is Now Live!

The great thing about Snow Days isn’t just how much *you* get done, it’s how much *other people* get done when removed from the distraction of their pesky day jobs.

And…VOILA! My Fast Forward TV Interview is now live. (And the links in Monday’s Fairy Tale Rant have been updated to reflect this.)

Enjoy! xox

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Princess Alethea, Strolling About the Web

Today feels like the TRUE first day of 2014 for me — yesterday was an exhausted flurry of getting Soteria out of the hospital and then working my aunt’s New Years party for 82 hours, so this is my day to jump back in swinging.

AND BOY, AM I SWINGING.

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First up: I have a blog post today over at Waterworld Mermaids, where I explain what exactly happened over Christmas, details of The Emergency Surgery, and Why My Packing Karma is Strong. Click here to read “There and…Still There.”

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Next, hie yourself on over to BOOM! Studios, where I am interviewed as part of a featured series about being a woman in the comics industry. Please take extra special note of my favorite part, which introduces both me and about my publishing background. “Alethea Kontis, a writer who has worked on The Wonderland Alphabet for Archaia as well as numerous other books for others!”

That’s right…OTHER BOOKS FOR OTHERS. Like that one that hit the New York Times List.. Twice Or that other one that got selected for World Book Night 2014. Or that other one that sold 65,000 copies through Scholastic in one month. But really, the only one that matters for this article is THE ONE WE PUBLISHED. (*rolls eyes* *blows New Year’s horn*)

But you know what? AT LEAST THEY SPELLED MY NAME RIGHT. And that’s something.

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Lastly, the awesome crew at TBF (Rochester Teen Book Festival) that I am VERY MUCH LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS YEAR (is it May yet?) posted a really superfun interview with MOI over on the TBF site. Mom, you’re going to love the color red they use. Click here to read the interview!

 

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The Book Butterfly Interviews Princess Alethea

Because what you were missing in your life is ANOTHER FUN INTERVIEW WITH MOI!

This time I talk about writing, books, characters, where I’ve lived, my favorite authors, and a bunch of quick fun stuff!

Click here & enjoy: http://theyabookbutterfly.blogspot.com/2013/11/monday-ya-author-interview-with-alethea.html

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Anything Goes

I certainly hope Mom & Dad weren’t up at 11pm last night listening in to my podcast interview on ANYTHING GOES…and if you were happily in dreamland too, worry not! You can still listen to the interview in its 30-minute entirety HERE:

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USA Today Interviews MOI!

In which Robin Covington interviews me for USA Today…today…and I discuss girl power, magic swans, and my undying love for Jude Deveraux.

Check it out here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/happyeverafter/2013/09/29/alethea-kontis-interview-hero/2893915/

Release date is TOMORROW! You guys all have your copies of Hero preordered, right? RIGHT???

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Carina Books Interviews Alethea!

Today’s stop on the HERO book tour takes us to Carina Olsen’s book blog, where she has posted a really fun interview with MOI!

From Carina:

I’m so happy to be a part of the Hero by Alethea Kontis blog tour! It’s been more than a year since I read Enchanted. But I loved it so much. And I remember most of it. But I will still re-read it before reading Hero, which is coming out on October 1st :) I cannot wait! Alethea has written an amazing fairy tale series. And I cannot wait to read the next books in this series. Since the first was so amazing I’m excited to read how awesome the next ones are ;p Anyway. I’m really happy to be a part of this blog tour. You can see the rest of the tour schedule here. For my tour stop I’m having an interview with the author. Thank you Alethea <3 You are amazing. Hope you all like the interview!

CLICK HERE TO READ THE INTERVIEW, COMMENT, AND ENTER TO WIN!

Thanks, Carina!

Hero Prism Tour

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The Princess and Miss Print

Today’s bit of the blog tour takes us over to Emma Carbone’s award-winning Miss Print site, where we have a really fun interview posted.

CLICK HERE to visit!

Be sure to check it out, comment, and enter to win the Blog Tour Fairy Tale Basket!

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MoAA Interview #31: Geoffrey Girard

There are some people in this life who are just meant to be present at pivotal moments, as if the universe put them there to witness that yes, this thing happened, and it happened to you. Those people become legends in your memories, almost surreal and dreamlike.

Geoffrey Girard is one of my legends.

We met at some tiny little convention so many years ago I’m afraid to count, back when I didn’t wear corsets…or makeup…and hadn’t published a damn thing (but had a Big Fat Looming Contract that would eventually render that status moot). Geoff had a book or two out–one about Pirates–and I hosted an interview with Cap’n Geoffrey that remains infamous to this day.

When you do a search for images under my name in Google, this old picture pops up of me & Geoff at the Joseph Beth in Lexington. Ah, memories…

I couldn’t be prouder to announce the impending publication (Sept 3rd!) of both Geoffrey’s new novel CAIN’S BLOOD and its YA counterpart PROJECT CAIN from Simon & Schuster. I am really looking forward to getting my hands on both of these! (Way to overachieve there, boyo, and make the rest of us look bad…)

And yes, he still has great hair.

I am thrilled to have Geoffrey back again and under the interrogation lamp for our MoAA FINALE. Many thanks to Geoffrey, and to all of my interviewees and readers this month–it’s been a blast!

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Alethea Kontis: What’s the best thing about writing?

Geoffrey GirardGeoffrey Girard: I read to learn: new places, people, ideas, facts. Writing, for me, is an extension of that, so I probably most enjoy the research.

AK: What’s the worst thing about writing?

GG: Despite my years as an advertising/P.R. copywriter (when you had to write quickly), I’m still a victim of self-editing when it comes to fiction. I can’t produce 4,000 words a day like some, and usually end up just reworking the same 500 words over and over and over.

AK: Finish this sentence: “Writing is like…”

GG: … a sculptor slowly chiseling away at this enormous rock with a figure trapped just inside. Takes time. Not always perfect. Slowly emerges. Polish. Hope for the best…

AK: If you could write anywhere in the world, where would it be?

GG: Cliché answer, I suppose, but on some coastline. Any coastline. (Thus I do all my writing in Ohio.)

AK: Pick five words to describe your latest work.

GG: Dark. Thematic. Conspiratorial. Journey. Boys.

AK: Pick five words to describe you.

GG: Dark. Thematic. Conspiratorial. Journey. Boy.

Cain's BloodAK: What’s your favorite type of tree?

GG: One with squirrels or birds on it.

AK: What were you like in high school?

GG: Curious. Liked learning. Liked participating in class (probably why I’m a teacher now). Very small circle of friends, but could hang well enough along the fringes of most social cliques. Spent most hours playing guitar with my pals/bands Surrender (it was the early 80s, give me a break) and The Shire (yeah, how awesome were we?)

AK: If you could give one piece of advice (writing or otherwise), what would it be?

GG: Trust yourself.

AK: The Colin Harvey Memorial Question: What are 3 things you’d like to do before you die?

GG: Live in Asia for a year (first choice: Japan)

Be a Writer in Residence somewhere (first choice: Washington College; alma mater)

Play with my great grandchild (first choice: NOT 15 years from today)

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Geoffrey Girard is an award-winning fiction author whose works have appeared in several best-selling anthologies and magazines, including Writers of the Future (a 2003 winner), Apex Digest, and the Stoker-nominated Dark Faith anthology.

His first book, Tales of the Jersey Devil, thirteen original tales based on American folklore, was published by Middle Atlantic Press in 2005, followed by Tales of the Atlantic Pirates (2006) and Tales of the Eastern Indians (2007).

Simon and Schuster will publish two Girard novels in September of 2013: CAIN’S BLOOD, a techno thriller, and PROJECT CAIN, a spinoff novel for teen/YA readers.

Born in Germany and shaped in New Jersey, Geoffrey currently lives in Ohio with his wife and two teenaged sons and is the English Department Chair at a famed private boys’ high school. Prior to teaching, he worked as an advertising copywriter, web developer and marketing manager. He has a BA in English literature from Washington College and an MA in creative writing from Miami University.

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