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Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome by [Alethea Kontis, Janet Lee]

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"A veritable badass fairy princess." --Jim Butcher

"Alethea Kontis IS fairy tales." --Jim C. Hines, author of

"Alethea Kontis: Awesome, racks up award nominations, wears tiaras." --Ferrett Steinmetz, author of

"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

"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 text refers to the paperback edition.

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So Here's How This All Got Started
It was a few weeks before Christmas and my very good friend Janet Lee was suddenly the hottest thing since sliced bread.  The art house in East Nashville (Art and Invention) where she sells her ornaments, cards, and paintings couldn't keep her stuff on the shelves.  In an effort to help Janet out (and to get some free art lessons out of the deal), I invited myself over to Janet's house to participate in what we began calling "Ornament Gulag." I painted all the wood, cut all the scrapbook paper, decoupaged the paper on, and drilled the holes.  She drew miniatures of whatever inspired her at the moment, and glues them to the prepped ornament.  We made a ton.  She sold them all.
While we painted and glued, we spoke about many things, including the launch of this new Twitter magazine Thaumatrope.  I had sold a few stories already, and I was having far too much fun coming up with worlds and plot lines 140 characters long.

As payment for my services that evening (because she refused to let me go home empty-handed), I requested she make mean ornament for my tree. (I have Janet Lee original ornaments going back about 5 or 6 years now.)  She asked me what I'd like--last year gnomes were the hot ticket, and she used my gardengnome Seamus as a model.  I didn't hesitate.

"I'd like a
Dr. Horrible Gnome." I said.

When I got back home, I immediately wrote a Thaumatrope tweet that started: "Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome:Day One" and submitted it.

The next day I got an email from Nathan at Thaumatrope that said, "I'd like to talk to you about your gnome story."

Really?'s not 140-characters.  What's to talk about? Your EMAIL was longer than that story.  Not wanting to mince words, I replied in exactly the way you should not reply to a publisher. Two words only. "What's up?"

Turns out, Nathan thought that Dr. Gnome had potential. He was about to launch a serial post-apocalyptic Twitter  story  (#FutureJer) and thought this would be a great follow-up.  Make that month long. You're welcome to more than one tweet a day.  It's due before March.  Send me a synopsis. Go.
My brain went back to what had inspired the tweet to begin with: Janet's art.  When I read to her the synopsis the next day, she just about fell out of her chair laughing.  When I sent it to Nathan, he approved of it immediately...and suggested I blog about the whole adventure.

The rest is history...

--Alethea Kontis
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07H8TWCKK
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ AK (September 10, 2018)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 10, 2018
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 85806 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
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New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, storm chaser, and adventurer. She has authored over 20 books and 50 short stories, including AlphaOops: The Day Z Went First (Candlewick), Enchanted (HMH) and Prince Phillip’s Birthday Waltz (Disney). Alethea has received the Jane Yolen Mid-List Author Grant, the Scribe Award, the Garden State Teen Book Award, and is a two-time winner of the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award. She has been twice nominated for both the Andre Norton Nebula and the Dragon Award. Alethea also narrates stories for multiple award-winning online magazines and contributes regular book reviews to NPR. Born in Vermont, she currently resides on the Space Coast of Florida with her teddy bear, Charlie. Find out more about Princess Alethea at

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