Princess, Storm Chaser, Voice Actress, and Saturday Songwriter.
Hanging with the Princess! Meet & Greet w/ Alethea Kontis
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, storm chaser, voice actress, and Saturday Songwriter. She is responsible for creating the epic fairy tale fantasy realm of Arilland, and dabbling in a myriad of other worlds beyond. Her award-winning writing has been published for multiple age groups across all genres. She is the host of “Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Rants” on YouTube and Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow every year at Dragon Con. Alethea has used her voice acting abilities to narrate stories for ACX, IGMS, Escape Pod, Pseudopod, Cast of Wonders, Shimmer, Apex Magazine and Clarkesworld Magazine, and she contributes regular YA book reviews to NPR. During the 2020 lockdown, she and other Snow Patrol fans teamed up with lead singer Gary Lightbody to create over a dozen original songs. Their first EP, The Fireside Sessions by Snow Patrol and the Saturday Songwriters, released on August 21, 2020 to much critical acclaim.
Alethea’s 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. The second book in The Trix Adventures, Trix and the Faerie Queen, was a finalist for the Dragon Award in 2016. Alethea was nominated for the Dragon Award again in 2018, for her YA paranormal rom-com When Tinker Met Bell. In 2019, the third in her Harmswood Academy trilogy–Besphinxed–won the Scribe Award, presented by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. In 2019 she was one of two winners to receive the Jane Yolen Mid-List Author Grant.
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 on the Space Coast of Florida. She makes the best baklava you’ve ever tasted, plays really bad acoustic guitar, and sleeps with a teddy bear named Charlie. Find out more about Princess Alethea and the magic, wonderful world in which she lives at aletheakontis.com