K. A. Cook is an abrosexual, aromantic, genderless, autistic, queer adult who experiences chronic pain and mental illness. They write creative non-fiction, personal essays and novels about the above on the philosophy that if the universe is going to make life interesting, they might as well make interesting art. They can be found online at Queer Without Gender and @aroworlds.
They also review stim toys at @stimtoybox and have a personal Tumblr at @k-a-cook. If you have the ability to help them survive to keep writing, they’ll be grateful for any digital beverages folks want to offer.
Pronouns: they/them/theirs or ze/hir/hirs. No pronouns traditionally associated with a binary gender.
I consider myself to be aro in green sparkling letters. I sometimes identify as autiromantic, as autism significantly shapes and impacts my aromanticism. My abrosexuality includes several multisexual identities.
I’ve spent years in LGBTQIA+/queer spaces feeling erased because most works that depict my trans and pan identities feature characters in romantic relationships. As do many works that represent me as an autistic, mentally ill and disabled person–the message being that, to counter the dehumanisation we experience in mainstream media, my happy ending must be a romantic one. The idea that romantic attraction and romantic relationships don’t make us adult or human is yet to filter into the fictional dialogue about most of my marginalised identities, which alienates me from much of the currently-extant representation.
(Please note that I am a queer-identifying creative who uses the word to describe myself, other queer-identifying people and my own characters.)
I write original speculative fiction, more commonly short stories and novelettes, about adult queer, trans, disabled, autistic and aro-spec protagonists. Please note that while most of my works aren’t explicit, I do include sexual references, and in works like Hallo, Aro I mean to specifically depict aromanticism as shaped by allosexual attraction.
The Wind and the Stars is a short aro-ace fairy tale about amatonormativity, narrative and the power of the tales we tell about ourselves.
Hallo, Aro is a series of flash fiction stories about allosexual aromantic characters navigating friendship, sexual attraction, aromanticism and the weight of amatonormative expectation.
I also post these stories directly to Tumblr, but if you prefer PDF or EPUB editions, please check the above links!
The Sorcerous Compendium of Postmortem Query is a happily-ending story about a sapphic, allosexual, lithromantic trans witch discovering she has a wealth of aro-spec ancestors in a community far more aromantic than she dared reckon on. Love is the Reckoning is a less-happily-ending story about an aromantic, grey-asexual, non-amorous trans man managing the pressures of amatonormativity from his own community and celebrating the value of familial love.
⁕ Amelia March ⁕
Old Fashioned and Conception are short quirky-fantasy slice-of-life stories about a blunt trans woman coming to terms with her demiromanticism while dealing with the reality of being an autistic woman in an allistic village and her infuriating cousin Kit. Old Fashioned details Amelia’s frustration with invasions of the lovelorn kind…
⁕ Efe and Darius ⁕
Certain Eldritch Artefacts, One Strange Man and The Adventurer King are fantasy stories about an awkward, pedantic, abrosexual, autistic trans protagonist who stims and is about to start on a conventional heroic journey whilst being everything but a conventional fantasy hero – and then finds himself the magic-wielding warrior companion of a wandering allistic monarch who is going to get them both into so much trouble. One Strange Man and The Adventurer King are about, in part, Darius’s coming to terms with being aromantic–especially after having believed himself in love during Certain Eldritch Artefacts.
⁕ The Eagle Court ⁕
Their Courts of Crows, A Prince of the Dead and The King of Gears and Bone are short fantasy stories about family, love, conflict, politics, ableism and being an ally, but are the openers to further stories about disabled, trans and autistic characters trying to manage an unstable monarchy. The protagonist of the first two stories, Paide, is pan-aro, while the protagonist of the third, Ein, is aro-ace. Both characters have a lot going on, but part of their stories are about the intersection of their aromanticism and their other identities.