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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


March 30th - Local Author Expo

Meet Michael Thompson and many other fantastic local authors from 1 - 5 pm at Barnes & Noble at One Loudoun in Ashburn, VA for the Local Author Expo! 


April 6th - Allegro Reading, Book Talk, & Signing

Meet Michael Thompson at Allegro Community School of the Arts  for a reading of his latest award-winning book, Winslow Hoffner's Incredible Encounters, a Q&A session, and a book signing!


April 26th, 27th, & 28th - Awesome Con 2019 🤖


Find Michael Thompson at DC's Comic Con, Awesome Con 2019 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for an incredible three-day celebration! All of Michael's titles will be featured for signing in Author Alley, along with limited edition items while supplies last. Tickets are on sale now, so don't miss out! It's going to be a blast! 😄 


Future Events:

View the full calendar of events HERE!

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

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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.