Monday, July 15, 2019

HANSEL MEETS KARIANA - PART 2 // character chat with Faith from The Writer's Song

Happy Monday! This week I'm coming at you with none other than a collaboration post with my good friend Faith from The Writer's Song. We had a character chat with characters from our respective WIPs, and we're going to share it with you today. ^_^

If you don't know what a character chat is, it's when two writers each take one of their characters, throw them into a fun or *cough* dangerous setting together, and sit back to let them interact. Or, if you're doing one by yourself, you take two characters from two of your WIPs (or the same one - there aren't really any rules here) and do the same thing. It's a lot of fun!

For this chat, Faith agreed to throw her character Kariana (from her high fantasy series) into the shapeshifter-infested forest from my fairytale retelling fantasy, Dusted Red. My character was Hansel, also from Dusted Red.

They had quite the entertaining conversation. XD

This is Part 2 of the chat, so you'll definitely want to read Faith's post over on her blog FIRST. Then come back here for Part 2! Naturally. :D

And, of course, I just had to make a Kariana and Hansel mash-up aesthetics collage.

(pics via Pinterest - all credit to original creators! sources HERE and HERE)


Hansel: Lascogine? Wherever that is, it isn’t anywhere near here. I’ve never heard of it. *gapes at light* *grips satchel even tighter* If you’re not a shifter, and you’re not a witch, what are you? A… a fairy?

Kariana: did I get here? It’s…are you serious? A fairy? Never. I’m just a girl. This light isn’t even anything impressive—everyone’s got some power where I’m from. You should see our queen’s fire in the heat of battle. Now that is a sight to behold, unlike this paltry light of mine. Do you have a power?  

Hansel: Queen…? *shakes head* No, I don’t have a power. I wouldn’t have a power unless I were a shifter, witch, Neverland fairy, or some other creature from the old stories. *pause* If you promise not to kill me, I can take you to meet my sister Gretel. Maybe we can help you figure out where your home is and how to get back.

Kariana: I won’t kill you, idiot. At least not yet. There’s two rules when it comes to me: you don’t touch me, ever, for any reason; and you just assume that I do no trust you unless and until I tell you otherwise. Clear on that? If you’re offering, then yes, I’ll accept help. *mutters to herself* Ugh, who am I?

Hansel: *gulps* All right. Well, foll-- *sees something through the trees* *face blanches* Oh no. We need to get out of here.

Kariana: *brandishes knives* What is it? Talking squirrel or something?

Hansel: Shifters in their animal form don’t… Never mind. It’s hard to see because it’s fairly distant and it blends in, but… *points* A witch’s hut. They appear out of nowhere frequently when you’re this deep in Fawood. Whatever you do, you do not want to go anywhere near it.

Kariana: ...they appear out of nowhere. Houses. *pause* What sort of ridiculous place is this? 

Hansel: Ridiculous is one way to put it. *starts walking with wistful look on face* You never really get used to it.

Trees Under Cloudy Sky

Kariana: *walks at a casual pace to follow him but make it look like she isn’t* Ah. Interesting. Very, very interesting. So…if we can’t trust the animals and witches just appear out of nowhere, what does safety look like?

Hansel: If you live in a place with any semblance of safety, please don’t take it for granted again. There is no safety here. There’s literally no reason why a shifter wouldn’t jump out and attack us right now.

Kariana: Um. Okay. So why aren’t they, then? *looks around suspiciously and raises knives higher*

Hansel: I don’t know. No one knows their purpose for kidnapping people. We can only assume we don’t fit that purpose. Yet, anyway.
You mentioned the name Derek. If you’re lost out here, maybe Derek is too. We can help you look.

Kariana: *eyes light up and hands flash* Yes! Yes, we can find Derek and then he can get us out of this. He’s brave and he almost always knows what to do—I’m sure he can help us.

Hansel: *perks up as well* Help us? Do you… do you think he could help my sister and I? Does he have a special power that could help us find our home?

Kariana: Well...he does have a power, but I don’t know how much it’ll help with finding things. But he’s far less directionally challenged than I am and he can usually figure out an escape route—when I go spying I almost always let him decide my emergency exit. So I’m sure he could help you two as well. If we find him, of course. Where did you say your sister was? If we can find her then we can look for Derek.

Hansel: I'll take you to her. *amused smile* The two of you are going to get along very well.


And that's that. XD I'm afraid you'll have to deal with the cliffhanger; as of now we're not planning on continuing the adventure. What happens next is up to your interpretation!

This was actually the first character chat I've ever participated in, and I found it just as beneficial as I'd heard it was for refining character voice. Not only is it fun, but it's also great practice for making the way a particular character thinks, acts, and speaks more distinctive.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and I'll see you next week! <3

The Lord's Truly,
How did you like this chat? :D Have you ever done a character chat before - with a fellow writer or by yourself? Talk to me in the comments below!


  1. This is AMAZING!!! I love how Kariana got excited to go look for Derek. 😏😏😏

    Amazing job! <3

    1. Thanks so much, E.B.!!! I love it too, honestly. XD

  2. THIS. IS. AWESOME!!!!! I loved every minute. <3

    1. EEEEK, THANKS SO MUCH!! So glad you enjoyed!! <333

  3. Is it weird that I am starting to ship these two? Lol. XD Hansel is so sweet, I love him to bits already!!

    1. Yes, very weird, considering they're from two different worlds. XD XD

      Awwww, thanks!!! <3 I love him to bits too! <3

  4. Hehhh...this was so much fun. Loved the whole thing xD Also our characters are hilarious together and we should TOTALLY do this again sometime.

    1. YESSSS. And same! They absolutely ARE. XD

      *gasp* We totally should!!

  5. I LOVE THIS!! Your character's personalities are so perfectly shown in this scene and it was written so well! Also, THAT CLIFFHANGER!!! XD

    Can't wait to (hopefully) see more of these! ♥

    1. So glad you liked it, Ash!! Thank you so much! :D

      Yeah... sorry about that cliffhanger hehe. XD

      <3 <3 <3

  6. This was such a cool idea! I loved it. And also I loved hearing a little more about your story. I'm so intrigued by the Faewood now XD

    1. Thanks, Nicki!! Glad you enjoyed! I was hoping the taste of Fawood would prompt intrigue. XD


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