Alethea Kontis is a princess, author, fairy godmother, and geek. Her bestselling Books of Arilland fairytale series won two Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards (Enchanted and Tales of Arilland), and was twice nominated for the Andre Norton Award. Alethea also penned the AlphaOops picture books, The Wonderland Alphabet, Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome, Beauty & Dynamite, The Dark-Hunter Companion (w/Sherrilyn Kenyon), and a myriad of poems, essays, and short stories. Princess Alethea lives and writes on the Space Coast of Florida with her teddy bear, Charlie.


Alethea Kontis has the following works available at Clarkesworld:

Another Word: It's All Fun and Games

INTERVIEW by Alethea Kontis in Issue 152 – May 2019

Big news! Story sale! I’m going to be in an anthology releasing later this year. It’s a YA GamerLit anthology called Game On! Hooray! But wait! This is the same anthology that I was supposed to be a part of last summer, before it even had a name. It really will be coming out this […]

Another Word: Softly Dying Darlings, and How to Deal with Them

NON-FICTION by Alethea Kontis in Issue 144 – September 2018

This past August was my first time at GenCon in Indianapolis and I was asked to be on a panel about story revision. In preparation, the savvy moderator sent us a list of possible questions to review, so that we could highlight the ones we were most interested to answer. Among the list, was a […]

Another Word: Breathing Life Into Characters

NON-FICTION by Alethea Kontis in Issue 139 – April 2018

Most people hate the sound of their own voice. I was never that kid. My parents gave me my very own cassette recorder at the age five or six. When I wasn’t listening to read-along Alice in Wonderland, I would lock myself in the bathroom and record inspirational speeches about how important it was for […]

Another Word: What Authors Owe Us

NON-FICTION by Alethea Kontis in Issue 135 – December 2017

I recently asked my circle of friends (both in person and on the interwebs): “What do authors owe us?” It’s an age-old, deceptively simple question that should have a simple answer, right? But the further I delved into the nuances of the answers I received, the muddier the waters became. As social media continues to […]

Another Word: Publishing—Jump In, the Water's Fine

NON-FICTION by Alethea Kontis in Issue 117 – June 2016

This year marks my twentieth year in the book industry. Exactly half of my life. In 1996, I graduated from USC with a degree in Chemistry. I immediately went out and got a second job at a bookstore. (I was already assistant and promotional manager at the local movie theater.) I haven’t left the publishing […]

Another Word: Love Song for a Saturday Morning

NON-FICTION by Alethea Kontis in Issue 109 – October 2015

Saturday morning cartoons began sometime in the 1960s and ran until the fall of 2014. For over fifty years, from roughly 8 AMuntil noon, children in the United States sat in observance of this weekly ritual with an anticipation second only to Christmas morning. Being one of these children myself, I speak from experience. Every […]

Another Word: The Precious Five-Star and the Reviewers of Mount Doom

NON-FICTION by Alethea Kontis in Issue 103 – April 2015

Book reviewers fascinate me. My first official publishing gig was as a book reviewer for the local free press in Murfreesboro, TN. Every two weeks, I turned in five to eight hundred words about my favorite author or tome du jour. Not that it mattered; I didn’t get paid either way. But I got published! […]

Another Word: The Best of All Possible Worlds

NON-FICTION by Alethea Kontis in Issue 96 – September 2014

“Of all the places I’ve seen, this is the fairest of them all.” —Regina, Once Upon a Time My favorite required reading book in high school was assigned not in English class, but history. Mr. Stafford was a bit of a progressive history teacher (for South Carolina)—we lucky honor students watched Amadeus and A Man […]

Another Word: I am an Endangered Species

NON-FICTION by Alethea Kontis in Issue 84 – September 2013

Sometimes, I read reviews people have written of my work. Sometimes I don’t. It’s no big deal. I do like to make comments on people’s blogs thanking them for their time—they do appreciate it, and I’m prepared to take the bad with the good. I recently found a perverse pleasure in responding to people who […]

Another Word: Original Sin

NON-FICTION by Alethea Kontis in Issue 78 – March 2013

I always find myself stumped when I’m put on a panel or asked in an interview about contemporary adaptations of “original” fairy tales. Fairy stories began in Ancient Egypt, Greece, and China. Men and women started collecting these stories and writing them down in Italy, and then France, all before the Brothers Grimm. Whether the […]

The Fairy Tale in the TV Age

NON-FICTION by Alethea Kontis in Issue 68 – May 2012

Call them folk tales, wonder tales, or fairy stories: Fairy tales have a history of adaptation that was born long before some Italian wrote one down on paper in the 1500s. They have celebrated renaissance, preached religious values, and outlined basic moral behavior, with a little adventure, magic, and witchery thrown in for entertainment value. […]

White Girl

NON-FICTION by Alethea Kontis in Issue 24 – September 2008

Back in the heyday of the science classes I adored, I learned something very important about the color white: it isn’t actually a color. It’s the combination of all the colors in the visible light spectrum. Now I’m talking light here, not pigment. Mix all your paints together and you get that green army sludge […]