New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, a goddess, a force of nature, and a mess. She’s known for screwing up the alphabet, scolding vampire hunters, turning garden gnomes into mad scientists, and making sense out of fairy tales.
Alethea is the co-author of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter Companion, and penned the “AlphaOops” series of picture books for Candlewick. Her short fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in a myriad of anthologies and magazines. She has done multiple collaborations with Eisner winning artist J.K. Lee, including The Wonderland Alphabet and Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome. Her 2013 YALSA Top Ten BFYA debut YA fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award in 2012 and was nominated for both the Andre Norton Award and the Audie Award in 2013; in addition, it was selected for World Book Night USA in 2014. The companion volume, Hero—Once Upon a Time meets Princess Bride—has recently been released. And the third companion book, Dearest (released in February 2015), is available now!
Born in Burlington, Vermont, Alethea now lives in Northern Virginia with her Fairy Godfamily. She makes the best baklava you’ve ever tasted and sleeps with a teddy bear named Charlie.
Alethea Kontis discusses both her Woodcutter series of novels and Wild & Wishful, Dark & Dreaming, her collection of short stories. She talks about her love of fairy tales, and how she has incorporated several classic stories into the Woodcutter books. Ms. Kontis also reveals some of her plans for future volumes in the series, and talks about some of her literary influences, as well as her background in science.
Lucienne, one of the YA Rebels, interviews New York Times best-selling author Alethea Kontis about her books, fairy tales, and the Disney/Grimm divide.