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Friday, August 14, 2015

DragonCon 2015: The Scholar, the Sphinx, Heroines in YA Lit and Terry Pratchett!

I am thrilled to announce that I'll be on two panels at DragonCon this year, and I hope if you plan to attend on Friday, Sept. 4, you'll stop by one of them to see what's happening!

Friday, Sept. 4 at 1:00 p.m.* (Marriott A707):
"The Heroine's Journey" - We'll discuss female heroines in YA literature, what makes their journeys different from male heroes, or how they're similar.

Friday, Sept. 4 at 5:30 p.m.* in the Sheraton (Macon room):
"Terry Pratchett: In Memorium" - A panel to honor the memory of fantasy novelist Terry Pratchett, and discuss how he impacted the genre and fellow fantasy authors.

*Times and rooms subject to change. Stay tuned for updates!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Blog Interview with Fantasy Author Nan Monroe

This week on author Nan Monroe's blog, she interviewed me about "The Scholar and the Sphinx" series as well as YA literature in general. Nan has written scripts for the Atlanta Radio Company and has released her first YA fantasy novel, "Atterwald."

Check out her website and her writing! I've met her at a couple of recent conventions and she is an enthusiastic, book-loving, charming woman, with a deep love for strong female protagonists in fantasy novels.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

ESO Network Puts A.R. Cook in the Geek Seat!!

"Just when you thought it was safe to listen to a podcast!"

Mike and Mike of ESO Network interviewed me at TimeGate last month, and put me through "a fate worse than a shark cage": the Geek Seat! So here's your chance to listen to me be a total dork...

Plus there's lots more, like Mike and Mike discussing the 40th anniversary of "Jaws" with award-winning author Bobby Nash, Kevin Eldridge promotes CONvergence in the Khan Report, and some ranting and raving about pop culture figures that are now no longer with us. Also, Linnell Burton stops by to update us on Blue Print Camp. 

Take a listen!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Today on "A Center Stage Moment"...

Today on The Word Smithe blog, Shantella Benson posted a lovely interview that she did with me about "The Scholar and the Sphinx" series as well as writing in general. She has a really fun website full of book reviews and author interviews, so be sure to visit her and follow her!

Read the full interview at The Word Smithe:

Here's a short sneak peak of the interview:

SB: I love reading the bios of authors. Many of them had various interests. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Have you always wanted to be a writer? 
ARC: When I was a kid, I was into so many things. I took ballet, played softball, sketched and painted, acted in school plays, played piano, took voice lessons, you name it. Because my parents were theater actors, up until college I thought I would go into acting, but writing was always a part of my life since first grade. I wrote well over 50 short stories during that year (of course, a short story for a first grader is about one paragraph or one page). When I got to college, my focus turned to playwriting, and since the University of Iowa has such a great creative writing program, I took those classes too. While the acting bug eventually dissipated, the writing passion has endured all this time.
SB: Is writing a full-time or part-time career? If part-time, what’s your other job? 
ARC: Right now, it is part time. My day job is working for Brenau University in their publications office. I help write press releases, newsletter postings, university magazine articles, and event information. Technically, I am writing all the time, whether at work or at home.
SB: Why did you choose to write Fantasy? 
ARC: I love fantasy, and it probably started with my parents reading fairy tales to me at bedtime when I was little. Then I got into the Dragonlance series by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. I read some Lloyd Alexander, and some Dragons of Pern by Anne McCaffrey. I read mostly fantasy. Naturally, I enjoyed writing it the most. Even my historical fiction or mystery stories all have fantasy elements to them.

Monday, June 22, 2015

See You All at LibertyCon in Chattanooga this weekend!

If you're going to be in the Chattanooga, TN area next weekend, June 26-28, come visit me at LibertyCon, hosted at the Chattanooga Choo Choo! I'll be on lots of panels about YA Literature and Fantasy, as well as signing and selling "The Scholar and the Sphinx" books. If you're planning to go, check out my panel schedule and see what sessions you may like to attend. I'll be in the company of some of my author friends, as well as Author Guest of Honor, science fiction writer of nearly 100 books David Weber! It's going to be a blast!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

"Fang of Fenrir" Gets Sparkling Review in Toasted Cheese Lit Journal

Thank you to Shelley Carpenter, book reviewer for Toasted Cheese Literary Journal, for giving "Fang of Fenrir" such a glowing review. Shelley has such a way with words! This month's issue of TC is full of other great reviews, short stories and poems, so go check it out!

An excerpt from the review:
"The characters are complex. Cook gives each a unique voice and manner. They are distinct and often humorous. Baba’s character in particular is a scene-stealer and compliments David’s seriousness and Gullen’s know-it-all-ness with her funny wit, her mannerisms, and voice."

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

TimeGate Convention Coming Up, and a Video from JordanCon 2015

Hey, Dr. Who fans! Live in the Atlanta area? Wanna go to one of the biggest Dr. Who conventions (plus lots of other fun stuff) in the nation? Then come to TimeGate this weekend, May 22-24, and come visit me! I'll be on a bunch of panels and selling some books, so it should be fun! Go to to see the schedule and who all will be there!

Speaking of panels, I had such a fun time on them at JordanCon last month, here's a short video of my and fellow authors Todd McCaffrey and L.R. Barrett-Durham on the Pure Fantasy panel. Thanks to my hubby David Cook for filming: