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: M. K. Mads
Biography: M. K. Mads has been writing stories since she was seven years old. While she is most prolific in fanfiction and has works scattered among more than a dozen fandoms, she has been making strides into original fiction. Her favorite genre to read is romance. When she isn’t reading, writing, or falling headfirst into a new fandom, she can be found baking, walking, doting on her niblings, or playing Pokemon Go.
Story Title: Dear Don Pedro
Tags: getting together, modern setting, polyamory
“Are you going to join us for dinner anytime soon, or are you going to sit there on your computer all night?”
Pedro glanced over to where Beatrice was hanging over the back of the couch. “I’m working, Bea.”
She pouted, but she didn’t try to touch his computer; Pedro was grateful for small miracles.
“Come on. I know for a fact your deadline isn’t until tomorrow afternoon.” She jerked her head toward the kitchen, where Benedick was mixing up a truly gigantic bowl of spaghetti and marinara. “You can stop working for an hour and have a conversation with your friends.”
“You know she’s not going to let it go until you decide to be sociable,” Benedick said. “She’s never learned to take ‘no’ for an answer.”
Beatrice rolled her eyes and shoved off the couch to saunter over to her husband. “And just why might I do that, hm? Might it have anything to do with certain other people in this room who are too stubborn for their own good?”
Benedick caught her hand and kissed it. “No idea what you’re talking about, Bea, my love.”
She yanked her hand back, but her cheeks flushed and she was suppressing a smile. “You’re incorrigible, and I don’t know why I love you.”
Author Spotlight: Nickel J. Keep
Biography: Nickel (they/them) was born in a galaxy far, far away. No. Wait. That’s not their origin story. They currently live in Pennsylvania with two of their three partners, their two children, and a fat, lazy, chonk of a cat named Sphinx. When not writing, Nickel can be found drawing, playing video games, or running Magic: The Gathering tournaments as an L1 judge. They can frequently be found lurking in the Haven, Leverage, and Witcher fandoms.
Links: Archive of Our Own | Twitter
Story Title: Some Cupids
Tags: friends to lovers, meddling friends, mutual pining, wlw
“It’s not that easy, Claudia.” Hero frowned. “There are people who would harm them just because they love one another.” He nodded towards Bea’s balcony. “She would rather suffer and love Beni from afar than do anything to put her at risk. And, I venture to say, Beni’s the same way about Bea.”
Claudia shook her head. “What a pair of cockeyed broads.” She stood up, nearly throwing Hero off-balance as she got off of his lap. “We’re going to fix this. Beni is my dear friend, and yours. I’ve grown rather fond of Bea, too, and you two are in her corner. The best repayment for helping us love freely and fiercely is to make sure that they can as well!”
“You picked a firecracker, didn’t you, Hero?” Matthew leaned back and shook his head, smiling. “I’m in if you’re in. They got me off the hook as much as did you.”
“Well, then.” Hero looked between his friend and his fiance. “I guess we’re in cahoots. What brainchild are you cooking up, Claudia?”
“I am so glad you asked…”