"Alethea Kontis IS fairy tales." --Jim C. Hines, author of Libriomancer
"Alethea Kontis: Awesome, racks up award nominations, wears tiaras." --Ferrett Steinmetz, author of Flex
"I want to live in [Alethea's] head because I think that might be the most interesting place in the world!!!!" --Ellen Oh, author of Prophecy
"Alethea Kontis, the woman who writes like Shakespeare would if he were alive today." --Aaron Pound
"The beauty of a princess, the confidence of a queen, the brilliance ofawriter, and the demeanor of a cheerful fairy comedian!" --Cheyenne Z.
"This was the story before all of the other stories, and it was the othertales that were changed over time." --Nerdophiles, on Enchanted
From the Author
These are the "Real" stories, the fascinating ones, the ones where you discover that no matter how fantastic the genre, the author really is writing what he or she knows.
My father only reads non-fiction. He is the progeny of my Nana, who insists that all fiction is a bunch of unhelpful lies and hooey. You can imagine my surprise when Mom--my first reader--handed some of my fiction over to my father for his insight. Why on earth would he want to read that? I wasn't embarrassed or anything, I just know it's not his cup of tea, so I wasn't going to force it on him.
You can also imagine my surprise when he reportedly told my mother how amazed he was that "Alethea puts so much of herself into her writing."
It's true. All these stories inside me, all these little bits of myself, are broken off and used as treasured exotic spices for whatever I plan to be cooking. I continue to live life, for better or worse, and my experiences go into my writing. There is no story I've written that doesn't have some tiny personal, autobiographical circumstance in it.
And then there are stories, like "The God of Last Moments," which have too much."
--from the Origin of "The God of Last Moments"