Anthology Builder Interview

Anthology Bulder is this really cool website, created several years ago by my friend & fellow Codexian Nancy Fulda.

For only $14.95, you can create your own anthology from a vast archive of previously published stories form your favorite authors…or authors you’d like to try out. Going to a convention? Create a custom anthology of guests who will be there and get them to sign it…like Nancy did for Nebula Awards Weekend this year.

It’s the Mixed CD of print-on-demand short story collections. And the best part? Every time you choose an author’s story, they get a royalty.

I have enough short stories on Anthology Builder to even have a small, little-known collection of my own — Magic and Monsters.

But my stories crop up on other Tables of Contents from time to time — most recently, my infamous vampire little mermaid story “Blood and Water” (with pirates!) was included in the featured anthology From the Shadows.

Jim Fox asked me a few brief questions about the story (and a few other fun tidbits) to post over on the Anthology Builder blog.

Do be sure to click on over and drop by…especially if you don’t know what Charlie’s real name is…

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Magic & Monsters

Last month, I was egged on by both the Fairy GodBoyfriend and J.T. Ellison to get some of my short story backlist available for the Kindle and Nook. (Which I succumbed to peer pressure and did, thank you very much.)

But there do still exist people in the world who do not have — for one reason or another — a handheld book-reading device. For these people there is a fabulous alternative: Anthology Builder.

Anthology Builder is like making your very own personalized mixed-tape. You get to choose the cover (from a dazzling array of illustrations), the title, the authors (from a fantastic range of stories), and the “playlist”, as it were. (You can even make it large print!) Get this all set up, push a button, and using print-on-demand technology, for $14.95 you have your very own anthology.

And the authors even make decent royalties.

It’s the perfect thing to have when you’re going to a convention — find the authors you’re going to meet, set up an anthology of all their stories, and have them sign it! Have a friend who hasn’t read your favorites? Put an anthology together for them and give it as a gift! It’s really a brilliant idea (for which we must all thank Nancy Fulda, the brilliant brainchild behind it all.)

So while I was getting all these stories ready for digital publication, I thought…why not put them up on Anthology Builder too? In fact…I probably have enough stories to make a collection of my very own. And I do! And it’s YA-OK!

I went ahead and put together the collection — cover, title, story order and all, so the only finger you have to lift is the one to press the button that says “BUY IT.” Consider it my personal mixed-tape for YOU. I call it Magic & Monsters. And because I am a Featured Writer this month on Anthology Builder, you get a $1 discount! Magic & Monsters can be yours for only $13.95, if you order before May 31st.

What are you waiting for? You need something to read on the beach this summer, don’t you? Act now!


About Magic & Monsters:

New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, a goddess, a force of nature, and a mess. She is a genre chick, a fairy godmother, and a geek. She has made crotchety old men laugh and little girls cry. In these thirteen stories–never before collected anywhere else–Alethea plays all of the above roles, in some form or fashion. From monsters under the bed to monsters at the bottom of the sea, there is magic and mischief and everything in between.

While some of the tales will appeal to younger children, the anthology overall is best for ages 13 & up.


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Genre Chick Interview: Nancy Fulda

Today my writerly victim is Nancy Fulda, Phobos Award winner and creator of the phenomenal Anthology Builder website (on which I am a Featured Author this month — create an anthology including one of my stories and get $1 off!). Nancy is a true wunderkind — and as she lives in Germany, I am completely justified in saying that.

And I can’t wait to read the novel about the lizards.


Alethea Kontis: Mac or PC?
Nancy Fulda: PC all the way.  I grew on IBM.  I will probably stick with it until I die.

AK: Coffee or Tea?
NF: Neither, but I eat chocolate.  Lots and lots of chocolate.

AK: Travel the World or Travel Outer Space?
NF: Outer Space.

AK: Fantasy or Science Fiction?
NF: Both.

AK: Music or Silence (while you write)?
NF: Silence.  (Or rather, I wish it were silence.  I have three kids under the age
of eight, and things get pretty loud around here.)

AK: What weird food do you like?
NF: I do not like any weird foods.  By definition, if I like a food, then it is not
weird.  Example: Melted cheese and bananas?  NOT weird.

AK: How many novels/short stories/screenplays/poems/etc have you published?
NF: About twenty short stories.  I think.  I don’t keep track very well.  I’m
writing my first novel, and it’s going to be totally cool.  It’s got spaceships
and giant pack lizards and a stubborn girl who has no idea that she’s about to
help change the world.

AK: How much do you write every day?
NF: Depends.  If I’m lucky, I’ll write about 1000 words.  But some days I never make
it onto the computer at all.

AK: How much do you WISH you could write every day?
NF: 2000-3000 words.  If I could do that on a daily basis, I’d have written five
novels by now…

AK: What are you working on now?
NF: A novel!  It’s called “A New Kind of Sunrise” and it’s set on this really cool
planet with a v-e-r-r-r-y slow daily rotation.    Everything burns up during the
Day and freezes to death during the Night, so the inhabitants have to travel
around the world staying in the twilight regions in order to survive.

AK: If you could write like one author, who would it be?
NF: Lois McMaster Bujold.

AK: If you could be one superhero, or have one superpower, who/what would it be?
NF: The ability to stop time.  Then I could work 48 hours per day, and still spend
all afternoon with my kids…

AK: What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done?
NF: Hm… that depends on what’s cooler: Winning a trophy in ballroom dance or
presenting a research paper on Artificial Intelligence at an international

AK: What’s the coolest thing you’re about to do?
NF: I don’t know.  Seeing into the future isn’t even on my list of wished-for

AK: Name three things on your List of Things to Do Before You Die.
NF: See Alex grow up.  See Aubrey grow up.  See Janika grow up.  (Alex, Aubrey and
Janika are my kids.)

Nancy Fulda is a Phobos Award Winner, a Vera Hinckley Mayhew Award recipient,
and was been honored by the National Space Society for her story “That
Undiscovered Country”.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and
knows all kinds of cool things about machine learning and artificial
intelligence.  She lives in Germany with her husband and three children. You can find her online at

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Interview with Nancy Fulda

The writers group of which I am a long standing member (the Codex Writers) has been hosting The Codex Blog Tour. A bunch of the members have been hosting interviews and guest blogs with other members on their sites–much like a progressive dinner party, only it’s a traveling sideshow (with which I’m a tad more familiar).

If you’d like to see the entire Big Top and Three Ring Circus that’s been going on, you can click on over to the Codex Blog Tour website, which has a list of what’s been where and when.

You’re also welcome to just keep tuning in right here — while I may be a bit of a late Princess to the Party, I plan on screwing my tiara to the sticking place and muddying my fancy party in the deep waters. Look for some fun and excitement here the next few weeks, folks. It’ll be a blast…and hopefully introduce you to some amazing and talented authors you may have never heard of…or ones you only *think* you know.

Nancy Fulda has the advantage here — she’s already posted an interview with me on her site that was picked up by SF Signal (thanks, guys!) and noted in their tidbits entry with a cover of Beauty & Dynamite.

You guys might know Nancy as the founder of the Anthology Builder site. What? You’ve never heard of Anthology Builder? You need to get your heiny there right now and check it out — especially if you’re going to a convention anytime soon. It’s like a site where you can make your own mixed tape…only you can make your own anthology! That’s right…mix and match form the available stories, choose your own cover and title…and voila! A one-of-a-kind, personalized souvenir that everyone can autograph.

I’ve got a few stories in the ranks there. Don’t know which ones? Hop on over and check it out.

We’ll have more about Nancy later…right now, I’m going to direct you to that short & fun interview she did with me. Find out how “Sunday” the short story differs from Sunday the novel, what I’m nervous about, and the history behind Charlie the teddy bear.

Inquiring mind? Want to know? Click here…and enjoy!

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