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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

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Upcoming Events


August 24th & 25th - Fairfax Comic Con 🦊

Stop by the Dulles Expo Center for the second annual Fairfax Comic Con  and meet Michael Thompson, author of the YA portal fantasy novel World of the Orb, the folkloric fantasy sea epic Winslow Hoffner's Incredible Encounters, and the action-packed superhero children's book series, Chicken Boy!  All will be available to be signed, so be sure to bring the whole family, pick up autographed copies for your favorite readers, and enjoy this spectacular two-day celebration!


September 7th - YABBA Fest 📚

Meet Michael Thompson at the third annual Young Adults' Books, Bands & Authors Festival (YABBA Fest) from 10am - 4pm at Allegro Community School of the Arts and pick up autographed copies of his award-winning books!


October 5th - Fall Jubilee 🍂

The Fall Jubile is back!  Find Michael Thompson in front of Prospero's Books for the 37th Annual Fall Jubilee from 10am-2:30 and pick up a copy of one of his award-winning books for your favorite reader!  See you there, Realmhoppers!


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.

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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.