AC Gaughen is the author of ‘Scarlet,’ a fantastic retelling of Robin Hood.  She has been madly in love with writing since kindergarten.  

Some of her earliest memories revolve around books and writing, like reading in front of the class, reading with her mother, and writing a story in first grade that was so funny (it dealt with a gorilla finding someone naked in the shower, and was, sadly, the culmination of her humor writing skills) it got her kicked out of class.

Synopsis:

Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance.

Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in.

It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

Why do you feel you had to tell this story?

On the one hand, I will fully admit that I think Scarlet told the story more than I did.  I can’t even explain how this story just materialized in my head.  However, I will also say that as a kid, I was PISSED that Robin Hood had such a thing for the simpering, stupid Maid Marian.  I mean, the fox in the pink dress was a good dancer, but seriously?  She never jail-broke baby raccoons.  (Um, if you don’t know what version of Robin Hood I’m talking about, I swear I’m not crazy).  She wasn’t brave or exciting or any of the wonderful things Robin was–so how could he fall in love with HER?!  I wanted a much cooler girl for Rob.  And in every version of Robin Hood, Will Scarlet seems to be hiding something.  I just thought that might be his true gender.

In your world Will Scarlet is secretly a girl.  Was it difficult to write the story with a female perspective? 

Scarlet is no ordinary girl, so honestly, I don’t know if it was female perspective or just her voice that made the story so incredibly EASY to write.  I hate to say it, but I can’t really take credit.  I just knew her voice from the start and it let me into her world–seeing this world from her eyes was engrossing.  As a writer, I loved it.

What was your favorite chapter/scene to write and why?

This is actually a very interesting question, because the answer totally changed.  In responding to my editorial letter, I tried to fill in a lot more of Scarlet’s backstory, and even a little of Rob’s.  And I wrote in this one scene where they’re fighting–physically fighting against one another–and also having an argument at the same time.  They make these confessions about what they think are the worst things they’ve done and I love it.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

I kind of like backwards compliments.  Once a writing teacher told me, “I don’t like this genre at all, but I like this.”  I like the idea that maybe I can change people’s preconceptions.  That’s pretty cool.  Toughest criticism?  I think, for a writer, reality is a pretty tough criticism.  Statistically speaking, it’s unlikely you’ll ever make a living solely as a writer.  I think it’s very tough for women right now in any career, considering that, world wide, we work almost double the hours men do but make 3/4ths the salary.  I think the world tells you in many, many ways that you can’t–and it’s a writer’s job to dream up the ways that you just might be able to.

Where’s your favorite place to write?

I love to write at Panera.  It’s like home with food you don’t have to cook and a refillable soda machine.  I love it there.  I love a lot of activity so I can zone out when I write.

What is easier to write: The first line or the last line?

FIRST!!  I never changed the first line of SCARLET from first scribble to final draft.  The last line…oof.  I hate writing endings.  I got my start writing stories to entertain myself as a kid, and they never had endings.  It just seemed depressing.  So I still struggle–I don’t have much practice!

What one YA novel do you wish you had when you were a teen?

REVOLUTION, by Jennifer Donnelly.  I think if I had studied it in formative years, it would have made me a better writer.  That thing…that is just some gorgeous craft right there.  Other than that?  Hmm…probably Libba Bray’s GEMMA DOYLE series.  I remember cradling the final book and sobbing as an adult so I think that would have been pretty emotional to read as a teen.

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New ‘Power Rangers’ movie costumes revealed

The suits for the ladies are... questionable.

12:30 pm EDT, May 5, 2016

Can we morph into a world where female super heroes don’t have to wear high heels?

EW.com has exclusively revealed the first look at what the new Power Rangers costumes will look like when they hit the big screen next year. Check them out below.

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The new suits are explained as “alien” according to costumer designer Andrew Menzies. “It’s tricky finding a new language for a superhero costume. Ours is an alien costume that grows on them, that’s not man-made. You can’t win everyone over, but we are trying to appeal to a more mature audience and gain new fans.”

Noticeably in the picture, both the Pink Ranger and the Yellow Ranger’s costumes feature full busts and even wedge heels. Haven’t we learned anything about last year’s Jurassic World protests!?

This photo comes after the previously released photo of Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa which also featured a brand new look.

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What are your thoughts about the new Power Rangers suits? Should they have stuck a little closer to the original concept from the hit ’90s TV show?

Power Rangers hits theaters March 24, 2017. The cast includes Becky G as Yellow Ranger Trini, Ludi Lin as Black Ranger Zack, Dacre Montgomery as Red Ranger Jason, Naomi Scott as Pink Ranger Kimberly, and RJ Cyler as Blue Ranger Billy.

Veronica Roth’s upcoming science fiction novel is titled Carve the Mark, and hits store shelves on January 17, 2017.

An official website (complete with a countdown clock!) launched Thursday morning. It reveals the cover (above) and synopsis for Carve the Mark, which will apparently appeal to “fans of Star Wars and Divergent.”

The cover is interesting, as it appears to show cuts made in stone, with something like gold seeping out of the openings. “Honor has no place in survival,” the book’s tagline reads.

Here’s the full synopsis:

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive — no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

Intriguing! I’m liking the sound of these currentgifts and their influence on this science fiction world.

Previous reports have described Carve the Mark as the first part in a duology, with part 2 getting a release in 2018.

This will be the first book published since Roth wrapped up the Divergent Series. Although Allegiant was released in 2013, a book with short stories about Four arrived the following summer.

You can pre-order Carve the Mark here. Do you think you’ll be reading it?

Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle may have only just crash-landed in a dumpster near you, but we’ve already got information on the second book!

According to his newly upgraded website (hey! us too!), the second book in Rick Riordan’s latest Greek mythology series will be released on May 2, 2017 and is titled The Dark Prophecy. That doesn’t sound ominous at all.

The synopsis reads, “Zeus has punished his son Apollo–god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more–by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered 16-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo/Lester do anything about them without his powers? After experiencing a series of dangerous–and frankly, humiliating–trials at Camp Half-Blood, Lester must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he’s gaining in new friendships–with heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride.”

Riordan’s fancy new website has a cool feature where, as you scroll the page, the dotted yellow line is replaced by a solid red one, like you’re really seeing yourself exploring the world as you venture through his books. (Accurate.) The Hidden Oracle took place in New York City, but our map tells us Apollo will be venturing into the unknown for the second book. Or has that bit of information just not been set in stone yet? There was something about Indiana…and bananas.

The Trials of Apollo is already off to a fantastic start. Check back later for our review of The Hidden Oracle and other in-depth coverage.

What did you think of ‘The Hidden Oracle’?