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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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Princess Alethea Answers 11 Questions

Catherine Gracey contacted me via Ye Olde Facebook and asked if I wouldn’t mind answering 11 Questions for her “Catherine Asks” blog. Well, sure! Why not? So I did. And now I’m telling you about them

They’re not the questions you might expect, so they’re not the answers you might expect either.

Curious? Well, you’ll just have to pop on over and see what it’s all about!

xox

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AK Video Interview with Buzzy Media

The great (and sometimes horrible) thing about the internet is that it’s forever.

I did this interview with Jean Marie Ward for Buzzy Media back at the Adam Ezra Concert that kicked off my giant three-week-long book tour back in May. It’s neat to think about how much has happened since then…and to look at myself and think, “Wow, there really WAS a time when I wasn’t tired from the inside out.”

It’s really a fun video. I’m not sure how soon I’m going to be this cute again. Please enjoy!

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MoA&A Interview #15: Traci Wilkes

Hello, everyone! Welcome to July, and the Month of Artist and Author Interviews here on the website!

Today’s interview features mixed media artist Traci Wilkes–sister of esteemed Waterworld Mermaid author Avery Flynn. (I know a little bit about having an artistic sister… ) Talent definitely runs in the family!

If you like what you see here, be sure to pop on over to Traci’s Artful World Galleria Blog and check out some more!

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Author or Artist?
I’m a mixed media artist who loves to use acrylic and mix in other mediums to create a work of art.  I’m best known for my abstract art featuring aspects of pareidolia.  I collage newspaper onto canvas, cover with acrylic, ink and PVA glue. Generally, when the painting is done drying, you can make out a visage-just like seeing faces in the clouds, tree bark or negative space in wallpaper. I also do whimsical art that is more illustrative in nature.

Who are your professional role models?
My entire art guild family, Kelly Rae Roberts, and my sister

What’s your favorite writing/sketching weather?
I like it to be sunny but cool outside.  Luckily, western Nebraska has a lot of sunshine in the winter, so I can be tucked up cozy and warm in my studio and still have great natural light.

Set your current playlist/musical device to “shuffle all” and hit PLAY. What’s the first song that comes up?
Born this Way, Lady Gaga

If you could win any award, which would it be?
Best Seed Planter Award (I like to mention a little something that causes someone to consider what else they could aspire to; I want everyone to dream big!)

Would you rather have magical powers, or a spaceship?
MAGICAL POWERS – specifically- I’d like to be able to stop time so I can caught up

What was your favorite book as a child?
Swiftly Tilting Planet  by Madeleine L’Engle

What thing do you wish you could go back in time and tell your 10-year-old self?
Just because drawing realistically may not be my gift, it doesn’t mean I’m not an artist.  If you create, you are an artist- you just have to find the medium that allows you to fulfill your soul’s purpose.

What’s your favorite constellation?
Pisces

What’s your favorite fairy tale?
Cinderalla ( because I like old Disney songs)

What thing are you most proud of?
Being just fearless enough to show my art in public in 2009 which resulted in sales, opportunities and a lot of personal growth. Being published in Somerset Studio Gallery Magazine, Summer 2011.  Accepted in to the WNAC juried show in 2010 and 2012.

The Colin Harvey Memorial Question: Name 3 things on your List of Things to Do Before You Die.
-Open a brick and mortar business focused on kids and adults using art to heal, grow and express themselves.
-Get a licensing deal for my whimsical art.
-Go to Nantucket, I love the way that word sounds. Oh, I would really like to go to a big time art retreat like ArtFest or Art and Soul. Maybe they could host one in Nantucket?

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Traci Wilkes is an abstract and mixed media artist living in Scottsbluff, Nebraska with her husband and two fat cats.  She is driven to create all kinds of art and enthusiastically shares techniques and tips with others.  Her abstract art reveals subconscious memories and moods and often seems metaphysical.  Her mixed media pieces convey concepts she wishes to communicate more directly. Visit her blog on her webstite, www.artfulworldgalleria.com

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MoA&A Interview #12: Caren Gussoff

Hello, everyone! Welcome to July, and the Month of Artist and Author Interviews here on the website!

Today’s interview features fellow SF writer cutie Caren Gussoff.

Welcome, Caren!

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Author or Artist?
Author

Who are your professional role models?
Octavia E. Butler, Ursula LeGuin, Lucille Ball

What’s your favorite writing/sketching weather?
Rain, of course (I live in Seattle).

Set your current playlist/musical device to “shuffle all” and hit PLAY. What’s the first song that comes up?
“Home” by Naked Raygun

If you could win any award, which would it be?
Hugo! Nebula!

Would you rather have magical powers, or a spaceship?
Spaceship, no contest.

What was your favorite book as a child?
Alice in Wonderland

What thing do you wish you could go back in time and tell your 10-year-old self?
Always choose kindness.

What’s your favorite constellation?
I’ve always felt partial to Orion, since he was the first one I learned to identify.

What’s your favorite fairy tale?
I struggle with fairy tales a lot. I like retellings, like Angela Carter’s Bloody Chamber. Out of traditional tales, I like the Rrom tales of Lallah Pombo best.

What thing are you most proud of?
My relationship with my husband. It’s awesome.

The Colin Harvey Memorial Question: Name 3 things on your List of Things to Do Before You Die.
Travel across Asia
Grow a proper garden
See every planet through a telescope

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Caren Gussoff is a speculative fiction writer living in Seattle, WA. Her novels and stories have been published across Europe and the United States. More on her can be gleaned via www.spitkitten.com.

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MoA&A Interview #1: Tara

Hello, everyone! Welcome to July, and the Month of Artist and Author Interviews here on the website!

To kick things off in a contrary fashion (because all ways here belong to me), today’s interview is neither an author nor an artist (but she could be both one day, if she wanted to). As promised, here is the interview with beloved Enchanted cover girl and my new dear friend Tara!

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When was the picture for the cover of Enchanted taken? How old were you?
That particular picture was taken in October of 2010, and I was barely fifteen!

Is that your dress?
Yes, it is my dress, and its actually a cocktail dress not a gown, Dana (the photographer) made it a gown with her wonderful photoshop skills and its made by Jessica McClinktock.

How did the photographer find you?
Well the photographer is my aunt, and one day she was just like “Hey, let’s take some pictures!”. I thought it would be fun so I did it, I never thought I would end up on book!

Have you done a lot of modeling?
When I was little I did, but nothing since then! My mom is a photographer also, so I’ve had my picture taken a lot throughout my life.

I know you’re also on the cover of Gwen Hayes’ books…are you on the cover of any other books?
I’m actually on the cover of two books in France! Christopher Pike’s La Vampire-1 La Promesse and La Vampire-2 Sang Noir.

What do you think about the cover of Enchanted?
I LOVE IT! It might be my favorite. Shhhh…don’t tell Gwen (;

What kinds of books do you like to read?
When I first got into reading I refused to read anything but Vampire books. I was convinced I was one! I’ve widened my horizon now, I’ll pretty much read anything besides sci-fi! My favorite book right now is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

How do you feel about frogs? Ever kissed one?
Uhhh, I dissected one in science class once. I hope it wasn’t a prince! Funny story, see my boyfriend Eric used to be a frog and well now he’s not! So yes, I guess you can say I have kissed a frog! haha (:

What’s your favorite fairy tale?
This is a hard one. I really like Tangled! People say I look like her. If I had to pick an absolute favorite though, it would probably be Alice in Wonderland. I’ve read the books and the whole concept of it just fascinates me!

Do you have any sisters and brothers?
I have one sister, her names Tia and she’s 26. She’s actually on a book cover too!

Who in your family tells the best stories?
Hmmm…probably my uncle John. He always has a story to tell and a history lesson to go along with it! Just make sure you have a few hours to spare before you ask him to tell a story. (:

What are some of your hobbies?
Well I like to white water raft, climb mountains, and go bungee jumping…no totally kidding, I’m perfectly content reading and scrap-booking!

Where do you see yourself in five years?
I hope that I’ll be in college at The University of Florida (Go Gators!) on my way to being psychiatrist! But who knows!

What are three things you’d like to do before you die?
This is cliche but I want to go sky diving! I also want to meet my favorite singer Kellin Quinn from the band Sleeping with Sirens and I want to go on a shopping spree all throughout Europe!

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Bundles of Books Interview

Good morning, everyone!

Today I’m popping by the Bundles of Books blog to have tea and chat with Sam about life, the universe and everything YA.

Be sure to click over and read my lovely interview! (My interviews are always lovely. Besides, I might be talking about you.)

xox

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After Lame, There is Only Awesome

a magical interview in which Avery Flynn and I are super punchy and MASSIVELY CUTE.

Also, I have no idea why it filmed backwards.

Oh  yeah…and you could win a copy of ENCHANTED!

Click on over to Avery’s blog & leave a comment. Be silly. Tell her I sent you. xox

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Do You Smell Something?

Yes…that’s definitely sheep!

I was invited to hang out with Shepardess Extraordinaire Sharon Stogner over at the I Smell Sheep blog. Sharon and I had a very fun interview that was more of a chat…we went back and forth a few times, and I won some major geekness points along the way.

Click on over, if only to check out a very fun, slightly more “organic” was of doing a traditional interview. WARNING: THERE WILL BE GEEKNESS. 

Thank you, Sharon! xox

 

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