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“Small Magics” Available at Cast of Wonders

“Small Magics”, one of the very first short stories I ever wrote (and published), is now available on audio through Cast of Wonders. narrator is the wonderful Danielle Daly.

Listen here: http://www.castofwonders.org/2013/05/19/ep-80-small-magics-by-alethea-kontis/

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Her Majesty’s Dead Robots

Okay, first…can I just say…now that I’ve written the title to this blog post, I really want to go write the short story that goes along with it. *sigh*

What the title ACTUALLY references is my guest spot on Justin Macumber’s Dead Robots’ Society podcast.

I had a GREAT time talking to Justin and Paul and Terry last night — that’s right, LAST NIGHT. Apparently, when Justin said, “I’ll get this edited and on the site right away,” what he meant was, “within the hour.”

So I don’t even really have time to waste talking up this really fun live interview (in which I talk about my birth as a writer, my fairy tale of getting published, and my hatred for being called “ALTHEA”). Let’s just skip all the hype and go straight to the main event, shall we?

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.

Warning: I talk a lot in this one. Again. I know…the podcast interview is with ME, and the whole point is for ME to talk, and it’s better that I’m a guest who talks than one who doesn’t…but I still feel like a HUGE blabbermouth every time I finish one of these things. I promise, I will make a concerted effort in the future to let me host get a word in edgewise. Thankfully, I think Justin still loves me. 🙂

Also, check out Justin’s fabulous new book, A Minor Magic, here!

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The Pros and Cons of Princesshood

Musician Jonah Knight and I met at this year’s Mysticon in Roanoke. I immediately fell in love with Jonah after finding out that he wrote a musical score for James Maxey’s novel Nobody Gets the Girl. Jonah reciprocated this awkward affection by offering me a feature spot on his “Pros & Cons” podcast with Mikey Mason.

“Pros & Cons” discusses topics specifically related to and concerning conventions in particular, so our conversation sticks to the topic of marketing and self-promotion within convention appearances. I say “conversation” lightly, since I feel like  talked WAY TOO FREAKING MUCH during this podcast. Only…I guess that’s the point, right?

And I suppose I didn’t do too badly, since Jonah called this week’s episode one of his favorite so far. SCORE!

Will it be your favorite too? Click here to have a listen. Enjoy!

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Happy Christmas Workshop Episode 43

In the midst of the traveling and the three Christmasses I didn’t have the chance to post about this yesterday — part two of the fabulous Roundtable Podcast that started with the 20-minute interview. Now, we get into the much longer, nitty-gritty of live-workshopping a fellow author’s work in progress…

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Alethea Kontis – author of the award-winning “Enchanted“, “The Wonderland Alphabet“, The “Alpha-Oops” series, and so much more – returns to the Big Chair to help workshop a rich luxurious story idea offered up by podcaster, voice actor, authoress (and so much more), Lauren “Scribe” Harris. With Justin Macumber as guest co-host (author of “Haywire” and “A Minor Magic“, founder and co-host of the Dead Robots’s Society podcast, and co-host on the Hollywood Outsiders podcast), we dive in to a delightful frothy discussion, inspirations bouncing around like pixies on egg nog, taking Lauren’s already fabulous idea and festooning it liberally in Literary Gold. (and for more writerly delights, make sure you check out Alethea’s Showcase Episode!)

Listen to the workshop podcast here!

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20 Minutes with Princess Alethea at The Roundtable Podcast

What better way to celebrate the world NOT ending that listening to a very fun interview with me, hosted by the Roundtable Podcast?  (I certainly can’t think of anything.)

Alethea Kontis – author of “Enchanted” (recently listed on Kirkus Reviews among the “Best Teen Books of 2012“), the award-winning “Alpha-Oops” series, and so much more – is a passionate and informed storyteller. Her diverse background includes, among other things, a love and respect for the theater and of the rich heritage of folklore and fairy tales, both of which informs her work and infuses it with authenticity and magic. Justin Macumber (co-host and founder of the Dead Robots’ Society podcast) joins me in a rousing 20(ish) minutes as Alethea waxes rhapsodic on the allure of fairy tales, who she writes for, her revision and editing process, and much more. The Fairy Queen is in the house people… woot! (and come back for more writerly goodness in Alethea’s Workshop Episode airing Christmas Day! It’s our present to you.)

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.

Happy Yule, everyone! xox

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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 talk with author Alethea Kontis about her latest young adult book Enchanted, Alpha-Oops!, Dragon Con, fangirlism, Mad Scientist Garden Gnomes, fairy tales, how we hate THE MUSE, and just how hard it is out there for Disney’s lost princess!

 

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Delicious Tidbits

There are so many wonderful things going on, this post is hardly big enough to fill them!

Over at the Ranting Dragon is a list of Twenty Must-Read Retold Fairy Tales. First on the list, I’m proud to say, is the Happily Ever After anthology, edited by John Klima. I have a story in that one — “Blood and Water”, my retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” only she’s a vampire. And there are pirates.

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The Book Smugglers not only featured a guest blog post of my Inspirations and Influences, but they did a lovely review of Enchanted as well. “I fell in love with Grumble the frog and Rumboldt the young man from almost first glance. While spend time in both his and Sunday’s minds, to me Rumbold is the true hero of this book. His narrative is sweet and compelling, and I love his earnestness and (at times comic) devotion to Sunday.”

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Tomorrow is the last day to enter to win a copy of Enchanted over at Making the Grade for The Fairy Tale Hop! You should probably get over there now.

This post also features a rare interview with Sunday Woodcutter herself!

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Book Rat Misty has uploaded my reading of the Grimms’ fairy tale “The Foundling” onto YouTube here. “The Foundling” is the little-known tale that the character of Trix Woodcutter is based on.

It’s not a video of me, just a podcast with a lovely placeholder image of Enchanted.

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Speaking of the cover of Enchanted, A Backwards Story is hosting REALLY FUN interview with the cover designer of Enchanted, Christine Kettner. Check out one of the women who creates the magic behind the magic!

Please go over, comment, and share some love. Thank you!

 

 

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 22

Episode 22: “Tom Thumb” (13:47)

Here’s a treat after last week — the infamous tale of tiny hero Tom Thumb. This tale is his origin story and only some of his adventures — the tale is continued in “Tom Thumb’s Travels,” which is a separate piece.

I had a lot of fun with the voices on this one. Enjoy!

Check out Princess Alethea’s YouTube Rant about this fairy tale HERE.

 

 

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Theatre: Episode 21

Episode 21: “The Golden Key” (1:16)

This should hardly qualify as an episode of the podcast, as the tale of The Golden Key is little over a minute long. The tale itself is just as disappointing…with sort of a “Lady and the Tiger” ending. It makes me wonder why the Grimm Brothers would have included it in their folk tales at all. Any boy who finds a key — golden or otherwise — and a box is going to try and open the box. Right??

 

 

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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 FAQs.

Hooray for technology!

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