Mod K. A.

Handdrawn illustration of a green meadow foreground with green pine trees growing against various green-hued mountain ridgelines. Scene is overlaid with the dark green/light green/white/grey/black stripes of the aro pride flag. The text Aro Worlds About the Blogger sits across the image in a black, antique handdrawn type, separated by two ornate Victorian-style black dividers.

Bio

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.

Identity

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.)

Books

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 StarsCover for "The Wind and the Stars" by K. A. Cook. Cover shows a night-time scene of black, silhouette-style tree branches against a cloudy sky with a full moon, a lighter halo of cloud surrounding it, in the top centre of the cover. The title text, in white serif and antique handdrawn-style type, is framed by three white curlicues, and a fourth curlicue borders the author credit at the bottom of the cover. is a short aro-ace fairy tale about amatonormativity, narrative and the power of the tales we tell about ourselves.

Cover image for Hallo, Aro: Allosexual Aromantic Flash Fiction by K. A. Cook. Cover features dark pink handwritten type on a mottled green background with a large line-drawn peacock feather, several sketch-style leaves and swirly text dividers. Green arrows sit underneath each line of text.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!

Mara and Esher Hill

Cover image for The Sorcerous Compendium of Postmortem Query: A Marchverse Short Story by K. A. Cook. Cover shows a cemetery at night, with various tombstones in the foreground, surrounded by grassy rises and green bushes, with a tumbledown stone fence and trees in the background. A lit candle sits on the ground at the front of the cover, showing a glow of orange light illuminating grass and part of a tree branch. Cover and author credit are written in a white, fantasy-style text, the type bright against the dark sky and shadowed leaves.The Sorcerous Compendium of Postmortem Query is a happily-ending story about a sapphic, allosexual, lithromantic trans witch discovering she has a wealth ofCover of Love is the Reckoning: A Marchverse Novelette by K. A. Cook. Cover shows a cartoony-styled indoors tavern scene with a lot of different brown wood textures: wood panelling on the walls, wood floor, a square wood window frame, a crooked wooden table in the centre of the image and a wooden stool and a wooden barrel sitting in front of it. A candle stub sits on the window frame, looking out to dark green trees against a star-lit sky. The table bears beer glasses, a green wine bottle, a brown bottle of spirits, orange liquid in a glass, a plate of biscuits and a plate bearing a wedge of yellow cheese with red rind. A wooden log rests against one side of the window frame, an unsheathed longsword against the other, and a sack sits against the wall underneath the table. A cage bearing a twisted, vine-style plant sits in the top right-hand corner, above the table. Text is written in a white, handdrawn, fantasy-style type. 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

Cover image for K. A. Cook's "Old Fashioned: an Amelia March Story". Cover has a vector image cartoony style picture of a bedroom with rough-made furniture--bed, stool, chest of drawers, a shelf. Magical items like bone amulets, glowing mushrooms and spell bottles are hanging from or sitting on the shelf. The title and author credit are written in red and white handwritten type.Cover image for K. A. Cook's "Conception: An Amelia March Story". Cover has a vector image cartoony style picture of a lounge room with rough-made furniture--mantel, rocking chair, stool, table--in front of a stone fireplace. Magical and household items like bone amulets, glowing mushrooms, spell bottles and a glowing capsicum sit on the mantel, books and flowers sit on the table and a loaf of bread sits on the stool. A round brown rug covers the stone floor, and laundry hangs from the roof. The title and author credit are written in a red and white handdrawn type.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

Cover image of “Certain Eldritch Artefacts” by K. A. Cook. Cover image shows a cartoony, stylised vector image scene of a market scene with hanging peppers and fabric above the text and rows of corked potion bottles sitting on a wooden counter display surrounded by vegetables and sacks. Title and author name are written in a dark brown handdrawn type.Cover of One Strange Man: A Marchverse Short Story by K. A. Cook. Cover shows a wooden door, bolted shut, set into a stone wall, with dangling ivy and climbing roses obscuring the wall and part of the door. The ground in front of the door is brown earth and has a thin-bladed green bush growing in front of it. A glowing white marble sits on the earth by the base of one of the roses on the bottom left-hand side of cover. Text is written in a white, handdrawn, fantasy-style type.
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 Cover image for The Adventurer King by K. A. Cook. Cover features a red leather-bound journal sitting on a wood panel background, like that of a tabletop or floor, with the text sitting on top of the book image in a gold fantasy-style handdrawn type. Objects sit on top of the book cover: a blue pen with a gold nib dripping ink, a screwed-up piece of white paper, a cream scroll with a green seal, a cream and silver compass, and a piece of rope. A grey single-edged sword blade sits underneath the book, and black handdrawn type atop the blade reads "an efe and darius story". The images have a cartoony, vectory feel.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

Cover image of "Their Courts of Crows: A Tale of the Eagle Court" by K. A. Cook. Cover has a waterstained paper background with grey line drawings of a crow sitting on a branch, a tree, three falling dandelion seeds, a feather and an arrow, with the title written in alternating serif and handdrawn type. The effect is something like a sketch in an antique journal."A Prince of the Dead: A Tale of the Eagle Court" by K. A. Cook. Cover has a waterstained paper background with grey line drawings of a sparrow sitting on a branch, a knife, a falling dandelion seed, two leaves and an arrow, with the title written in alternating serif and handdrawn type. The effect is something like a sketch in an antique journal.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, Cover image of The King of Gears and Bone by K. A. Cook. Cover has a waterstained paper background with grey line drawings of the bones of a human hand and wrist, a head of wheat, an acorn, a small dandelion head, a long-legged wire-haired dog and an arrow, with the title written in alternating serif and handdrawn type. The effect is something like a sketch in an antique journal.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.

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