Claire Houck (she/they/he), pen name Nina Waters, fandom name unforth, is the founder and sole proprietor of Duck Prints Press LLC. She is non-binary, queer, 38 years old, white, Jewish/atheist/Unitarian Universalist, married, and a mother of two. Claire has been writing since the young age of seven, when she penned (well, two-finger typed and printed dot matrix) the timeless classic “the story of my littl ponies and the glob.” Since then, her spelling, grammar and prose have improved immensely. She has written over two hundred short stories, a number of novellas, and 16 novels, some original, some fanfiction, including “A Glimmer of Hope,” which was successfully Kickstarted and self-published in fall, 2016. She’s also had two short stories published. Before she became a full-time writer, Claire had a career as a professional grant writer and program evaluator, providing consultation services for the New York City Department of Education and other non-profit education organizations. She wrote grants that won her clients more than $25 million and juggled as many as 12 projects at a time while meeting all deadlines and reporting requirements. As part of this job, she also helped run a small business and operated as an independent consultant. After she left that position, she founded and ran an in-home bakery for a year, but shut the business down when she started trying to have children. Her dream has always been to publish and to help others do the same. That dream is finally being realized in the creation of Duck Prints Press LLC!
Ashley, pen name A.L. Heard, fandom name jhoom, is a 34 year old teacher, writer, and mother of two little boys. She’s been writing fanworks since she discovered ff.net back in her middle school days; the platform has changed and the writing’s improved, but Ashley ultimately still spends her free time writing about characters she adores in worlds she’d like to explore. Her first novel, Hockey Bois, was published in 2021. In between writing projects, she works as a language teacher in the Pittsburgh area, plays hockey, and plays trains with her sons.
Alessa Riel has been reading and writing fanfic and creating fanart for more than twenty years in various fandoms. She lived through the great LJ-strikeout, witnessed the founding of AO3, and survived the Tumblr wars, and therefore regards herself as an internet veteran/grandma. She’s asexual and aromantic as well as autochorrissexual. Alessa has a degree in media science and has worked as a graphic designer, among other things. She created the Duck Prints Press logo and mascot and will be supporting the Press going forward with creating graphics, covers, and teasers. Alessa hails from Germany and is happy to offer help with the language and culture where needed. She loves brainstorming and coming up with names, titles, and plot ideas.
Foop, pen name PJ Claremore, fandom name formidablepassion, has been writing since a young age. Upon discovering fandoms and fanfic later in life, Foop instantly felt pulled to the community and the support found therein. Foop created a fandom writing challenge in 2017 that is still going strong. Foop is always happy to alpha read for both fan and original fic. When not writing, Foop enjoys spending time with the spouse and their horde of spawnlings, gardening, and crafting in one way or another. Foop is often found feeding and caring for mostly stray animals, watching the birds, and making plans to open a non-profit LGBT+ youth support community and resource center.
Pallas Perilous (she/they) is an illustrator, writer and designer who has been creating work inside, outside, and adjacent to fandom for twenty years. In her professional life she primarily creates graphic novels for young adults through traditional publishers, but has also self-published half a dozen books, provided visual communications consulting for fancy tech companies, and done a lot of public speaking. She is active in several programs focused on mentorship and advocacy for emerging creators, especially those from fandom and marginalized communities.
Lacey Hays: When Lacey isn’t dreaming of the stars or magical worlds, she can be found stomping around in the wild areas of Northern Oregon with her wife and son, or sipping on a coffee with her trusty notebook and fountain pens. Her writing journey began in the Star Trek: Voyager fandom and has continued for over two decades. At the moment, she’s plugging away at her first novel—a world that’s taken twenty years to come to life. Lacey is eager to continue sharing diverse stories set in dark, but hopeful, worlds.
Adaille is an avid reader, and has been writing stories as long as they can remember. Around eight years old, they saved up their allowance one nickel and dime at a time to buy a typewriter — which they still have, although they mostly use a Mac now. Adaille joined the fanfic and fanart scene in 2018 after years in the Supernatural fandom, and has been hooked on the community ever since. Adaille is currently taking a break from participating in the management of Duck Prints Press; they played an instrumental role in building our core concept and developing our first two anthologies.
Duck Prints Press, LLC, is a Limited Liability Corporation created in New York State in compliance with all required rules and regulations. Duck Prints Press, LLC, has received legal advice and is represented by Robert Hess of the firm Sullivan, Hess, and Youngblood, P.C., located at 4 Executive Park Dr., Albany, NY 12203-3717.