New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, a voice actress, a force of nature, and a mess. She is responsible for creating the epic fairytale 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. Host of “Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Rants” and Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow every year at Dragon Con, Alethea also narrates for ACX, IGMS, Escape Pod, Pseudopod, and Cast of Wonders.
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.
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: www.aletheakontis.com.