If one is looking for Literature, you don't need to go far on deviantART. There is a large community of writers and a plethora of work to peruse. Featuring genres such as fantasy, mystery, horror, and romance, one would be hard-pressed to find an area not covered. However, due to the nature of the site, shorter works tend to get more focus. It's easier to quickly read a poem or a short story, and thus many of the feature articles on dA showcase those works. However, there are many novelists and serial writers among the mix, oftentimes fighting an uphill battle to have their works seen and appreciated.
With that in mind, I have started an article to spotlight some of those artists and their literary-worlds. The works covered in this feature will exclusively be long-form fiction such as novels, trilogies, etc., or fiction serials.
Current Stop - 18th Century England
The next stop on our Literary journey is 1700s England and the high seas beyond, featured in the novel, "Gypsy Scar" written by P. Anastasia (=Graphix-Goddess
What better way to find out what a book is about than reading the back cover. Grab the virtual paperback and flip it over to see what Gypsy Scar
is about...Gypsy Scar is a fantasy-fiction novel which follows two non-typical pirate-like characters named Draco and Jacques. Draco is eventually ensnared by a terrible curse – visible in the form of a tattoo on his shoulder - that is rumored to transform him into an unspeakable evil. They enlist the help of a Truth Seer named Christine who is plagued by visions of a brutal future. Together they travel the world. Hunted and hated by many, they cannot rest in one place for long. In an age when one’s life teeters on the brink of death, the team must work quickly to discover the truth behind Draco’s mark.
“The world’s greatest adventures take place away from the prying eyes of the sun.” ~ Draco
Of course, the best way to learn about a Literary World is to visit it yourself. Here are some works from Gypsy Scar
to help whet your appetite.
Gypsy Scar Art
Literary Universes are worlds created out of words on pages, but many authors now expand beyond that. Creating or commissioning art of their characters and settings is a way to help enrich the reading experience for their fans, as well as help inspire the creators themselves. We asked the creator to pick out three of her favorite pieces and tell us why they are so special to her.
On a side note, I want to mention that I really do love the cover art, also – it’s the most realistic and true-to-character pieces I have!
1. This is the first commission I had made of Draco and Jacques. I really love this one because the artist worked with me to truly capture the solemnity and darkness in their backgrounds. This depicts how they have obviously faced some rough patches in their lives.
2. On the other side of the spectrum, this piece illustrates Draco and Jacques’s relationship early on and how foolhardy and careless Draco is at heart. Jacques, the father-like figure, is constantly trying to keep him on the path of righteousness, but often fails.
3. It may be a character sheet, but this piece brings out the kindness and depth of character of Jacques. The artist was able to faithfully render his expression and overall appearance to make him look like the kind, selfless, older man he is. Jacques wears his heart on his sleeve and I feel it is easy to see that here.
“Poison was in yer blood long before ya came here.” ~ Old Mother
The second-best way to learn about a literary work is to talk to the creator. :devgraphix-goddesss: was nice enough to sit down for a Q&A about her novel and other works. Please introduce yourself.
My Name is Philomena Anastasia (P. Anastasia) and I was born and raised in the United States. Coming from a military background, however, I’ve lived in several states and a few different countries. I believe this way of growing up helped to mold me into a well-rounded individual with interests in multiple subjects.
I’ve been writing on various topics since I can remember and it has always been my dream to share my stories with the world. How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since I was a small child. I’ve pretty much been creating characters and stories ever since learning how to write. Tell us a little about your novel/series?
I tend to write fantasy-fiction with characters who have obvious physical talents or magical abilities. Gypsy Scar was meant to be slightly more realistic. It features characters who are clearly human, while still boasting undertones of mystery and the supernatural. When/How did you come up with the idea of your novel/series?
I’ve always loved swashbuckling pirate stories so it was only a matter of time before I wrote something in the genre. I think the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie pushed me over the that creative ledge, reminding me how pirate stories remained a popular topic even today. Who are your two favorite characters and why? (Yes, I know picking only two is hard.)
I really love Jacques for his honesty and personality. He’s a kind man who will help anyone in need. He wasn’t originally going to be a main character but once he stepped in, I just couldn’t let him go. My other favorite is the unique and dangerous Christine. She’s a mysterious half-gypsy woman who will be joining the pair on their quest for answers. What’s one of the best compliments you’ve gotten on the novel/series?
On Da, ^DorianHarper
flattered me with his comment, “It's very hard to come across works on dA where the dialogue is strong and meaningful. Most writers include dialogue for the sake of having it, but everything that was said here is written well and natural. It's believable and realistic. The same goes with the characters.”
I’ve also been told by my editor that I have great passion for my characters and it shows in my writing. That’s a huge compliment for me. I want readers to love my characters as much as I do! Just for fun, if you could pick an actor or actress to pay the lead protagonist and antagonist, who would you choose?
Draco could very easily be played by Tom Mison from the new Sleep Hollow series. He encompasses so much of Draco’s natural mannerisms already. Christine could possibly be played by Michelle Rodriguez if she were a bit younger or Victoria Justice if she could get into the part of a rough-edged, boyish young woman. Aside from this novel/series, what are some of the other works you’ve done (if any)?
I am currently working on 3 other fantasy-fiction novels and 2 young-adult book series. One of them is also a historical fiction. They have not been published yet but many of the characters can be seen on Deviant art via my commissions. What’s your favorite part of the writing process?
Being able to lose yourself in a world of things you do not have in regular life. Getting to know your characters and growing with them is also a great experience because you learn together and it shapes and moves both your stories and real life forward in so many ways. What are your goals for the series/novel?
To introduce the world to my writing in a way that has no strings attached. I want people to get to know me as a unique writer with a unique voice. That way, when my other books are released they won’t be afraid to read them. They’ll know who I am and what to expect from my voice.
“Gypsies are hard to fool. They’re thieves and cutthroats themselves, and it’s not easy to get back what you’re owed unless you’re prying it from their cold, dead fingers.” ~ Crowe
Currently, the series can be found primarily on =Graphix-Goddess
's deviantART page and the #GypsyScarBuccaneers
group. P. Anastasia also has a website a website, as well as a a Facebook page
where readers can get updates. The novel is not available for sale at this time, but will likely be upon completion of the entire online series.
You can view past editions of the series here If you would like to recommend a novel or series to be considered for Literary Compass, please drop me a note. A series or novel must have a deviantART base , be fairly established, have supporting art, and offer some 2-3 excerpts/literary pieces for reading. You MAY self-suggest your own work.
Guidelines and FAQ for the series can be found </a>here
Credits Commissioned journal CSS and map background created by `GillianIvy
Coding modified and formatted by `Ravenswd
Art featured in article courtesy of =tanathe, *noblestallion, *PiccolaRia and =JNetRocks