First, congratulations to all the Hugo Award nominees — great news!
However, while I am an admirer of many of the nominees (and count a few as friends as well) I’d like to do a special shout-out for one of the nominees for Best Fan Artist because I have sort of a personal interest in her work.
Galen Dara was one of the two artists (along with Evan Jensen) who illustrated the anthology Broken Time Blues: Fantastic Tales in the Roaring ’20s, edited by Jaym Gates & Erika Holt. It was the first anthology I’ve been in that had art drawn especially for one of my stories, and I was really impressed — Galen got the atmosphere and the feel of my character and her circumstance right on the nose. (The illustration here, in which my character is walking to her job as a dancer in a speakeasy, is my favorite.)
I’ve talked to some writer friends and read others’ blogs, and I know how far afield illustrations for stories can go. I consider myself lucky to have had Galen as an illustrator.