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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


June 8th & 9th - All Star Comic Con 🚀

Find Michael Thompson in Author Alley at Northern Virginia's All Star Comic Con  at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel Saturday, June 8th and Sunday, June 9th, 2019.  It's going to be fun!


July 13th - 2nd & Charles

Meet Michael Thompson at 2nd & Charles  and pick up autographed copies of his award-winning books from noon to 3pm, along with limited edition items while supplies last!


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!


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.