Alethea Kontis

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Alethea Kontis
Alethea Kontis at BC Library-01 9-26-2013.JPG
Kontis at Burke Centre Library in 2013
Born Alethea Kontis
(1976-01-11) January 11, 1976 (age 41)
South Burlington, Vermont, US
Occupation writer
Nationality American
Genre Teen & Young Adult, Fantasy, Horror Fiction, Science Fiction, Romance

Alethea Kontis (born January 11, 1976) is an American writer of Teen & Young Adult Books, picture books and speculative fiction, primarily for children.[1][2] She lives in Titusville, FL.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, a fairy godmother, and a geek. She's known for screwing up the alphabet, making horror movies with friends, and ranting about fairy tales on YouTube.

Alethea's published works include: The Wonderland Alphabet (with Janet K. Lee), Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome (with Janet K. Lee), the AlphaOops series (with Bob Kolar), the Books of Arilland fairy tale series, and The Dark-Hunter Companion (with Sherrilyn Kenyon). Her short fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in a myriad of anthologies and magazines.

Her YA fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won both the Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award and Garden State Teen Book Award. Enchanted was nominated for the Audie Award in 2013 and was selected for World Book Night in 2014. Both Enchanted and its sequel, Hero, were nominated for the Andre Norton Award. Tales of Arilland, a short story collection set in the same fairy tale world, won a second Gelett Burgess Award in 2015.

Princess Alethea was given the honor of speaking about fairy tales at the Library of Congress in 2013. In 2015, she gave a keynote address at the Lewis Carroll Society's Alice150 Conference in New York City, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. She also enjoys speaking at schools and festivals all over the US. (If forced to choose between all these things, she says middle schools are her favorite!)

Born in Burlington, Vermont, Alethea currently lives and writes on the Space Coast of Florida. She makes the best baklava you’ve ever tasted and sleeps with a teddy bear named Charlie.You can find Princess Alethea on her YouTube channel, all the social media, and at her website:

How do you say her name? Watch THIS VIDEO:

Selected works[edit]


  • Enchanted The Woodcutter Sisters Book 1 (Harcourt Books, 2012)[3][4] 2012 Gelett Burgess Award Winner, 2015 Garden State Teen Book Award
  • Hero The Woodcutter Sisters Book 2 (HM Harcourt, 2013)
  • Dearest The Woodcutter Sisters Book 3 (HM Harcourt, 2015)[5]
  • Trixter" The Trix Adventures Book 1 (Self Published, 2015)
  • Trix & the Faerie Queen The Trix Adventures Book 2 (Self Published, 2016) 2016 Dragon Award Finalist
  • Haven Kansas (Self Published, 2016)
  • The Truth About Cats And Wolves: A Nocturne Falls Universe story (Sugar Skull Books, 2017)
  • Thieftess (Thursday Woodcutter) The Woodcutter Sisters Book 4 Release Date TBD
  • Fated (Wednesday Woodcutter) The Woodcutter Sisters Book 5 Release Date TBD
  • Endless (Tuesday Woodcutter) The Woodcutter Sisters Book 6 Release Date TBD
  • Countenance (Monday Woodcutter) The Woodcutter Sisters Book 7 Release Date TBD
  • Trix and the Fire Witch The Trix Adventures Book 3 Release Date TBD


  • Beauty & Dynamite (Apex Publications) ISBN 0-9776681-7-7 – essays and poems
  • Wild & Wishful, Dark & Dreaming: the worlds of Alethea Kontis (2013, Alliteration Ink)[6]
  • Tales of Arilland (Fairy Stories from the Dark Wood) Books of Arilland Book 5 (Self Published, 2015) 2015 Gelett Burgess Award Winner
  • Genius Loci: Tales of the Spirit of Place (Ragnarok Publications, 2016) ISBN 978-1941987612
  • Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling (Apex Book Company, 2016)


Children's books[edit]

  • AlphaOops!: The Day Z Went First, illustrated by Bob Kolar (Candlewick Press, 2006)
  • Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome, illus. Janet K. Lee; (Thaumatrope, 2009)[citation needed]
  • AlphaOops!: H is for Halloween, illus. Bob Kolar, (Candlewick Press, 2010)
  • The Wonderland Alphabet: Alice's Adventures Through the ABCs and What She Found There, illus. Janet K. Lee (Archaia, 2012)[citation needed]

Short stories[edit]

  • "Sunday" (Realms of Fantasy, October 2006)
  • "Small Magics" (Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show, October 2006)
  • "Blood & Water" (Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show, July 2008) (Twice Upon A Time: Fairytale, Folklore, & Myth. Reimagined & Remastered, February 13, 2015, reprint)
  • "Clockwise" (Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show, Nov. 2011)
  • "Black Hole Sun" (w/Kelli Dunlap)
  • "Life's a Beach" (w/Ariell Branson)
  • "Blue & Gray and Black & Green"
  • "Ghost Dancer"
  • "The Giant & The Unicorn"
  • "Sweetheart Come"
  • "The God of Last Moments"
  • "Foiled"
  • "Happy Thoughts" (Apex Digest issue #3)
  • "Poor Man's Roses"
  • "The Monster & Mrs. Blake" (for The Story Station)
  • "Diary of a Ghost's Mistress" (Shroud magazine)
  • "Hero Worship"
  • "Pocket Full of Posey"
  • "Red Lantern"
  • "Savage Planet"
  • "Unicorn Gold"
  • "The Unicorn Hunter"
  • "The Unicorn Tree"
  • "The Way of the Restless"
  • "The Witch of Black Mountain"
  • "Messenger (Chapter 20 of Dearest) (2015)
  • "For Angels to Fly: A Short Story" (2016)
  • "Barefoot Bay: Fish Out of Water (Kindle Worlds Novella)" (2016)

Anthologies edited[edit]

  • Elemental: The Tsunami Relief Anthology: Stories of Science Fiction and Fantasy, co-edited with Steven Savile (Tor Books, 2006) ISBN 0-7653-1563-7
  • Once Upon A Curse: 17 Dark Faerie Tales (Fiddlehead Press, 2016) ASIN B01G35DZAW

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lamb, Joyce. "Alethea Kontis: Under the influence of 'Andre' Norton". USA Today. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Slater, Maggie. "An Interview with Alethea Kontis". Apex Magazine. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Enchanted (review)". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Enchanted (review)". Commonsensemedia. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Dearest". Library of Congress Catalog Record. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  6. ^ Cancre, Anton. "Book Review: Wild and Wistful, Dark and Dreaming – Author Alethea Kontis". Retrieved 20 November 2014. 

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