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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


March 28th - Local Author Spring Fling

Amazing local talent gathers at the first-ever Local Author Spring Fling at Richard McKay Used Books, Inc!  There's something for every reader, so be sure to stop by and explore a wide variety of exciting indie books!


April 11th - Prospero's Books

Meet Michael Thompson, award-winning local author of World of the Orb, Winslow Hoffner's Incredible Encounters, and the Chicken Boy Series from 2 - 5 pm for a book signing on the last day of Hop Around Downtown at Prospero's Books


April 25th - Library Comic Con 2020

Meet Michael Thompson, award-winning local author of the folkloric fantasy/sea stories novel, Winslow Hoffner's Incredible Encounters, and many more adventurous tales at the Fairfax Library Comic Con 2020!  Returning for its 3rd year to the Providence Community Center on April 25th!  

(Official times TBA).

Future Events:

View the full calendar of events HERE!

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

Latest Video 🎬

Fellow authors join Michael Thompson to discuss their 2020 New Year's Resolutions for Writing!

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.