"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 of awriter, 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
Sometime around the age of eleven, I was moping around the house (as eleven-year-olds do). I slumped at my mother's feet and whined, "Tell me what to write."
"Go write me a fairy tale," she said. "A new one."
I suppose if I hadn't been moping quite so loudly, I would have heard the world click again. Like it did later that year, when I met Casey.
She was a bit of a misfit, like me. She had thick glasses, a mouth full of braces,a mop of long, curly champagne blonde hair, and a soul like sunshine. She was affectionately called "Beaker" by the popular kids, but she would just smile at them and retreat back into her own little world...her own little world full of books and princesses and unicorns and notepads and pencils. A little world very much like my own. We didn't pass notes in class--we passed a notebook. Whenever we got bored of one world, we'd just make up a new one.
She was my first heroine."
--from "The Princess with Butterfly Wings"