Presenting And Seek (Not) to Alter Me: Queer Fanworks Inspired by William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”
Duck Prints Press has launched our second Kickstarter, running now through April 14th, 2022 – And Seek (Not) to Alter Me, a gorgeous collection featuring the work of 16 authors and 16 artists in a full-color, A4 size soft cover size-style book!
Today, we’re highlighting 2 more of our authors…
Author Spotlight: Theresa Tanner
Biography: Theresa Tanner (she/her): My father’s family was in newspaper journalism, and he taught me how to get to the heart of a story and how to proofread. My mom was an Army doctor, and her family included a long history of educators. I grew up to teach high school science and write stories, so I’d like to think both sides would be proud of me. When I retire from teaching, I plan to pursue writing as my second full-time career. When not teaching or writing, I enjoy playing with my cat, video games, knitting, listening to music, streaming TV, and, of course, reading. I live in West Texas now, but have lived in Maryland and Germany, and have traveled through much of the United States and Western Europe.
I’ve written several novels with the help of NaNoWriMo, although none are yet published. I have several hundred works on Archive of Our Own, primarily in the Supernatural and Yuri!!! on Ice fandoms. I currently also enjoy Miraculous Ladybug, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Boku no Hero Academia, Star Wars, Star Trek, Mass Effect, and The Lord of the Rings.
Story Title: Hero’s Moon
Tags: love letters, misunderstandings, mistaken identity, mlw, pining, setting: college, setting, college, wlw
“You’re not cursed. No such thing as curses.” Beatrice quickly tossed the letter she hadn’t quite finished toward the trash, then picked up the phone. It was open to Hannah’s Instagram, recognizable by her profile picture: a basketball hanging in space like a sun, with a tennis ball and a golf ball “in orbit” like a planet. Beatrice had been avoiding Hannah’s social media; she did not care to find out Dick Boy was real and not a figment of Hannah’s imagination. “Okay, what’s my cousin got to do with anything?”
Another long groan, and Claudia tangled her fingers in her long black hair, pulling it ever so slightly. “She’s so… perfect! I always knew there was never much hope. Only a fool’s hope.”
“Uh-oh. You’re quoting Gandalf. This is serious.” Beatrice looked more closely at Hannah’s Instagram feed. The first picture was of the moon. That made sense—every full moon, Hannah took pictures and shared the best one, captioned with a fun fact about the moon. Next post down was a picture of Uranus with a moon in transit, captioned I wonder if Margaret ever gets tired of the jokes about mooning her dad? “Who’s Margaret?”
Author Spotlight: Nova Mason
Biography: Nova Mason spent a significant portion of her childhood fantasizing about dragons, spaceships, and other worlds. She is now, allegedly, a grown-up, with two kids, and more varied interests. Dragons, spaceships, and other worlds are still pretty high in the list, though.
Story Title: The Journal of Don Pedro; or, the Straights Are At It Again
Tags: asexual character, canon compliant, mistaken character death, pov first person
Well, if I cannot throw off the scent of the wedding-hounds by a marriage of my own, then I shall have to throw them on the trail of another. Luck is with me, for Beatrice proposed two targets for Cupid’s bow: my brother, and Benedick. I confess I am not confident of my brother’s adequacy for the task. She finds him handsome, but I know not his inclinations for love. I know Benedick. He rails against the sacrament and the very notion of love; I believe his fiery passion against it can be diverted to flow another direction. Leonato, Claudio, and Hero have joined my cabal and vowed to assist. With luck, Leonato will gain not only a son, but also a promised nephew before the wedding bells ring on Monday.