Author Interview - ALETHEA KONTIS
Updated: Jul 3, 2018
Today on The Witch Haunt, we have the princess, author, fairy godmother, and geek, ALETHEA KONTIS! Author of over twenty books and contributor to over thirty more, Alethea’s 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 currently resides on the Space Coast of Florida with her teddy bear, Charlie.
WH: Hey, Alethea! Thanks for being here! Please give us a brief introduction of your fabulous self:
I am Alethea Kontis: Princess, Author, Voice Actress, Adventurer, and Goddess of Most Things.
WH: A woman of many hats! What other career would you have if not writing/publishing?
I majored in Chemistry with a minor in Marine Science—my goal was to one day live on a research vessel out in the middle of the ocean, preferably studying the hydrothermal vents.
WH: I briefly considered a career in marine biology as well. What is your writing process like?
I have a hundred ideas running through my head at any given moment. At some point, I have to ignore all the distractions of life and force myself to sit down and write something. And then I do.
This is always—ALWAYS—the most difficult hurdle for me.
WH: Ah, yes. The elusive Butt In Chair. Alethea, because I used to bake for a living, I have to ask…what’s your favorite dessert?
Homemade tiramisu. I’ve only ever had it once, and it was decadent!
WH: YUM! One of my favorites! What short story or novel are you most proud of?
My favorite short story is called “The Unicorn Hunter” – the tale of what actually happened to Snow White in the dark woods between leaving the huntsman and discovering the dwarfs. (Essentially, a demon finds her and uses her as bait for hunting unicorns.) It’s a plot line I’ve had percolating since I was a teen, but I didn’t write it until many years later. When I did, I fell so much in love with those characters that they completely changed the face of Arilland (my most famous world). I wept when I finished it. To this day, every time I listen to Gabrielle Baker narrate it (in the Tales of Arillandcollection) it makes me cry. Every time.
My favorite novel is a YA horror called Haven, Kansas…because it took me over ten years to get it right. But now it’s exactly the story it was always meant to be!
WH: Both sound amazing. The ones that take the longest are sometimes closest to our hearts, aren’t they? If you could interview any horror author, gone or alive, who would it be?
R. L. Stine. I love that man to absolute pieces.
WH: I had all his books in my classroom when I taught 4th-5thgrade. Okay, so a personal question: How have you changed as a person from your early life until now?
Ha! Ask my friends from grade school, and they’ll tell you I haven’t changed at all. They always knew I was a dark optimist with fey blood, destined to be a writer.
For me, the biggest change is probably the princess thing…I used to hate princesses with the passion of a thousand fiery suns. I thought they were SO dumb and pink. But that didn’t stop me from always being Princess Leia when I played Star Wars with Danny. She was the kind of princess—the kind of leader—I was on board with. So when I decided to embrace my Princesshood and all the responsibility that came with it, she was my role model. Still is.
Interestingly enough, friends and family call me “Princess” all the time now. As if that had always been my name.
WH: My nickname was Goober, but only my brother calls me that now. :) How do you like your coffee? What’s your favorite libation?
I’m working on taking my coffee black, but right now I still like it con leche. My favorite drink of all time is Red Rose tea, hot or cold.
WH: What’s your favorite Halloween tradition?
After twenty-plus years of attending DragonCon on Labor Day weekend, Halloween just isn’t the same as it used to be. But I have a new tradition: re-reading my Nocturne Falls Universe trilogy in the month of October. All three books are set in a town where Halloween is celebrated all year round…and I love them all so much!
WH: By Kristen Painter? I read one last year for the first time and enjoyed it. What is the most witchy thing about you?
I’m Greek. What that means is: I was raised by a psychic father who reads coffee grounds, a mother who can make Holy Water, and a grandmother whose dreams come true. We follow a million and one superstitions. The universe talks to me…and I have a deal with the dead. Greek people don’t subscribe to the traditional western concept of witchery—we believe every single person has the ability to do “magic”, as folks call it. A nice word can curse someone just as badly as an evil one. The ultimate goal is to not tempt fate. Ever. So be the best person you can be, and always put good out into the universe!
WH: I agree it’s in all of us. Who is your favorite Addams Family character?
Gomez: the enthusiastic romantic with unbridled optimism!
WH: Love him! What makes a horror novel scary?
Good question! Honestly, I think this is different for everyone. A good portion of scary is in the pacing and the timing of reveals. But ultimately, Scary is about truth…nothing is scarier than the truth, right? Ironically enough, truth is a major component of the funniest things as well. Which is probably why, even when I write dark, there’s always an element of humor. Which makes even more sense, when you realize that “Alethea” means “truth” in Greek.
WH: So true. What is the most awesome thing happening in your life right now that you’d like to share with us?
I am currently working on writing this year’s Fairy Tale Rant Theatre script for Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow at DragonCon. Sideshow is like...a Carol Burnett variety show, cast entirely with authors (and often a guest musician), and it is the most fun I have all year. We even have our own section in the DragonCon parade!
I won’t spoil the surprise for this year’s fairy tale…but it will be tough to top “The Little Mermaid.” We did that one a few years ago, and it’s still my favorite Fairy Tale Rant Theatre ever!
Well, thank you so much for being here, Princess Alethea! Hope you and Witch Haunt readers have enjoyed this interview. If you’re interested in following Alethea Kontis, you can reach her at the following:
* Website: www.aletheakontis.com
* Amazon Author page: https://amzn.to/2IxRQt2
* Alethea’s latest release: “The Unicorn Hunter” chapbook: https://amzn.to/2KgIIi8
* Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/princessaletheakontis
* FB Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/AletheaKontis/
* Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow on FB: https://www.facebook.com/PAtravelingsideshow
* Twitter: https://twitter.com/AletheaKontis
* Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aletheakontis/
Find out more about Princess Alethea and the magic, wonderful world in which she lives here: https://www.patreon.com/princessalethea
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