Tempest Hangs With the Mermaids

Today I’m over in the Waterworld Mermaid Lagoon, hosting a very special interview with my dear friend, the infamous K. Tempest Bradford. As some of you may know, Tempest blew up the internet about a month ago when she challenged readers to consider checking out books by authors they normally wouldn’t read. It was a strange thing to sit on the sidelines for all of this…but I’m glad I was there for her, for the good times and bad.

Click here to read my essay and watch my video interview with Tempest:


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Dearest is here!!!DEAREST IS FINALLY OUT!

Here is a link for you to share — be sure to do that RIGHT NOW — we need to make as many sales as we can happen this week!


The first Tuesday of the month is usually also my day to post on The Waterworld Mermaids, but my Sparkle Twin Kerri Carpenter stole my day so that she could ask me some of the best interview questions ever! I make moussaka, take Kerri‘s dog to Hawaii, confess my favorite word, and cast all of the Waterworld Mermaids in the Woodcutter series. Click here to check it out!

Alethea & Kerri — Mermaid Sparkle Twins!


I also have an equally fabulous interview with the equally fabulous Miss Print today!

Parallel books, the secrets of Tristan, my favorite characters, and what’s next for me — if you want to know, you’ll have to click the link to find out! xox

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Some Sunshine For Your December

Princess Alethea MermaidOver at the Waterworld Mermaids blog today, Carlene and I have cooked up one of the MOST FUN POSTS I’VE EVER DONE. Inspirred by Terra LeMay’s query about nontraditional writing spots, The Mermaid of the East greets The Mermaid of the West with the sunrise and a few of her newly-discovered writing spots.

There is no stand-alone Starbucks in this burg…but that’s okay! I HAVE MANATEES INSTEAD.

Click on over and check out our fabulous pics!

I miss my Carlene…xox

Orion Sunrise

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It’s All About Writing

NaNo 2014I’m over at the Waterworld Mermaids today, talking about how we should Dream Big and Never Stop Writing.

And also…what new project I have dreamed up for NaNoWriMo!

Click on over and join in the fun:

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Happy October!

Alethea MermaidIt’s the first of the month again, which means it’s my turn to blog over at The Waterworld Mermaids.

Today I’m talking Location — writing about places you’ve never been, and urging you to visit as many places as you can to learn about them before you write them.

I also discuss the surreality of inventing a town that ACTUALLY EXISTS…

Is your passport up to date?

Where in the world would YOU like to go?

Click on over to read my essay and let me know!

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The Writing Princess’s Manifesto

The Little MermaidIn an effort to catch back up with the world at large, I wrote a make-up blog post at the Waterworld Mermaids today.

The message may have been delivered with more force than I intended, but it certainly gets my point across.

Some days, we are just frustrated with the world. The chaos of our lives can go on for days…weeks…months…years.

We cannot let that defeat us. Ever.

Click here to read “No Such Thing” : Princess Alethea’s First Law of Writing Momentum.

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The Lost Art of Everything

Lee mermaid avatarI’m over at the Waterworld Mermaids today discussing the Lost Arts of the Twenty-First Century…like handwriting, phone etiquette, and some other fun things I stumbled upon while doing an internet search that I never would have considered.

What do you think is becoming a New Lost Art?

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In Which I Have a Problem With Reality

Over at the Waterworld Mermaids today, I discuss my present issue with Reality.

I do encourage you to pop on by. I could really use the advice.

Click here to read “The Harsh Light of Day.”

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Princess Alethea’s Tips for Video Blogging

Over at the Waterworld Mermaids today, I share my tips for video blogging. Check out “The Princess and the Vlog” here:

And here’s the latest Fairy Tale Rant (Rapunzel!) just in case you haven’t seen it yet…

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.



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.”


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.


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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