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Winslow Hoffner's Incredible Encounters



Sea Stories / Folkloric Fantasy


For most, Bayfield is a quaint, unassuming harbor town. For some, the  decades-old headlines alleging unexplainable sightings of strange  creatures in the water tell a different story. For a select few, the  truth behind these legends, speculations, and folklore is more than a  mere mystery: There’s magic in the bay. And for local fisherman Mr.  Winslow Hoffner, it’s all just a matter of finding yourself in the wrong  place at the right time... 


"Sometimes you come across something so amazing that it is really hard to put into words that quite encapsulate what you want to say . . . Starting with style, Michael has tons of it to spare. His writing is unique, vivid and engaging. The entire time you get the impression you are either on Winslow’s fishing boat, or listening to Winslow while joining him in a root beer. The writing is witty, funny, and totally a fun ride . . . I can highly recommend Winslow Hoffner’s Incredible Encounters  to anyone who is looking for a great story. Be warned, you are going to be looking for more from this gifted author!" - Bryan Nowak, Author, Blogger. 

"Amazing creatures, exotic places, and  unforgettable characters . . . The story flowed and the author’s writing style drew me in quickly . . . I can’t wait to read more by this author! - Feathered Quill Book Awards  Judges' Comments

Upcoming Events


November 17th - Trinity Church Christmas Market


Hey Realmhoppers!  Want to get a jump on Christmas shopping and connect with some incredible local creatives?  Meet award-winning local author Michael Thompson as he joins many other amazing authors and crafters at the Trinity Church Christmas Market from 8:00 am to 12:15 pm.   All of Michael's award-winning works will be available, so be sure to bring the whole family and take home an autographed gift for your favorite reader!  See you there, Realmhoppers! 


November 23rd - Richard McKay Used Books, Inc.

Get a jump on holiday shopping and meet Michael Thompson at Richard McKay Used Books in Manassas, VA for a meet & greet / book signing featuring his latest award-winning works, plus some limited edition, collectible items while supplies last!


November 30th - Barnes & Noble

Michael Thompson, award-winning author of the folkloric fantasy sea epic Winslow Hoffner's Incredible Encounters, the YA portal fantasy novel World of the Orb, and the action-packed Chicken Boy Series, will be signing his books from noon to 4 pm at the Seven Corners Barnes & Noble.  Bring the whole family and pick up autographed gifts for your favorite readers while supplies last! 

Future Events:

View the full calendar of events HERE!

Want to have Michael as a guest at your event? Contact us!

Latest Video 🎬

Michael Thompson reads Winslow Hoffner's Incredible Encounters at the Blue Ridge Writers' Book & Arts Fair.

Categories:  Northern Virginia author, fiction books, best fantasy novels, young adult fantasy novels, portal fantasy, folkloric fantasy, sea stories, cryptozoology, superheroes, illustrated children's chapter books 

Availability: World of the Orb, the Chicken Boy Series, and Winslow Hoffner's Incredible Encounters are available worldwide on, Barnes & Noble online, and more.