This piece of art has made its way onto my blog via my business card. As I was looking for art to help me represent my current efforts, I came across the gallery of Raymond Minnaar, who has pieces both on deviantArt and his own official website. I enjoyed seeing the breadth of speculative genres represented in his portfolio, and I got it into my head that his art would be a perfect match for my own current place in literary space and time. After working with the artist, I now have this particular piece of amazing art to grace my new business card.
It is an interesting sort of commitment, and a strong statement, what one chooses to put on their card. After all, you want a card to be something you are proud of, something that reflects on your interests as a writer, and something that will be remembered. This is also a darker piece, which I wanted because my stuff seems to be largely cross genre horror at the moment, particularly the poetry.
When I began writing, I was surprised and baffled to find that people drew hard lines between genres. Science fiction over here. Fantasy over there. Literary books someplace else completely. That was the hardest to swallow - the idea that my novel couldn't be a genre novel and also literary. Seemed to me like a solid, character driven story with a crisp plot and an inventive setting (my definition of good novel in most any genre) could be as literary as anything else.
That was before I'd even come across the term "Speculative Fiction." Just to have found that term was an immense relief, since some people were concerned about an author who wrote different genres in different books, let alone in the same book. I found and happily embraced this term, finally feeling like it was a way to fit myself into the picture without too many constraints. (For those who want more info, here's a wikiattack: Speculative fiction is an umbrella term encompassing the more fantastical fiction genres, specifically science fiction, fantasy, horror, supernatural fiction, superhero fiction, utopian and dystopian fiction, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, and alternate history.)
Image Credit: "Dragon" by Raymond Minnaar at deviantArt.
If you are interested in commissioning art from Raymond Minnaar, he is available, and has his full portfolio and prices available at his website.