Friday, April 10, 2015

Beautiful People of the Sibling Variety

It is time for Beautiful People hosted by Further Up and Further In! And I am going to participate this month!!

This months set of questions are for siblings. I kicked this around for quite some time. I have siblings in my stories, I really do. But most of them are in my old stories and I've grown out of touch with their personalities and back stories. I considered Will and Jessica, my pick pocketing orphans who get sent west on an orphan train. Or maybe Russett and .... I cannot remember her brother's name. Then I thought of Wyatt and Tyne until I remembered that they aren't even siblings.

So I am going to use Gwen and Taren from The Riders of Carstindad. That story and its characters are cemented in my brain and will be forever.

1. What is the first memory they have of each other?

Taren: I came into the room right after you were born. You were all pink and wrinkly and I was upset when Mother said you were a sister not a brother.

Gwen: Sorry to disappoint you.

Taren: I got over it eventually.

Gwen. *rolls eyes* My first memory that I know of is seeing you leaning on a store front outside of the castle and then coming over and asking me to tell you about the Riders. But when Duncan dug into my memories he showed me the memory of you coming to see me when I was born. You were wearing a dagger.

2. Describe their relationship in 3 words.
Taren: Tense
Gwen: Loyal
Taren: Protective
Gwen: Hmmm, I think you mean controlling.
Taren: Are you in my mind again? No. So don't try and say what I mean.
3. What kind of things do they like to do together?
Gwen: Well, swimming is fun.
Taren: Once I got you in the water.
Gwen: We also practice magic together, and sword fight.
4. What was their biggest fight?
Gwen and Taren: .........
Gwen: Well, there was the battle when I stole Prince Rodney's armor.
Taren: I didn't know that was you though.
Gwen: At first.
Taren: At first. Yes, I would say that one was pretty big. I used a pretty bad spell on her.
Gwen: You re-awakened all the pain I've ever felt in my life. Pretty bad is not an accurate description.
5. How far would they go to save each other?
Taren: I died for her.
Gwen: Don't ever do that again. I would die for him too though.
6. What are their pet peeves about each other?
Taren: She is always in trouble. And the way she makes doe eyes at Darren.
Gwen: Am not and do not! HE is always in trouble. And he's so secretive.
7. What are their favorite things about each other?
Taren: She has a big heart. Too big sometimes, but it's still my favorite thing about her.
Gwen: I like how smoothly he can handle any situation. He can play whatever role he needs to get through something.
8. What traits do they share? Mannerisms, clothing, quirks, looks, etc?
Gwen: We both have black hair and eyes
Taren: And we both have marks on our face.
Gwen: Mine is a scar. Thanks for that.
Taren: Accidental.
Gwen: No it wasn't.
Taren: Well, I didn't know it was you anyway.
Gwen: We are both very independent, we can both use magic.
Taren: Stubborn.
9. Who has the strongest personality?
Taren: Hmmmm....That's hard to say.
Gwen: I'm not sure. Taren can be rather quiet sometimes, but his personality is quite strong.
Taren: She's not always as certain of herself, but she's much louder than me.
Gwen: I think we tie.
10. How does their relationship change throughout your story?
Gwen: Well, we met and found out we are siblings.

Taren: That was a definite change.

Gwen: We go from liking each other, to hating each other, to being best friends.

Taren: Hate is a strong word.

Gwen: Do you have a better one?

Taren: Disagreeing.

Gwen: I would hate to see you hate.

Taren: Mmmhmmm.

Gwen: Shush and answer the question.

Taren: We learn to trust each other. We become pretty much un-separable, unless Darren is around.

Ta da! That was fun. I missed doing this last month.


  1. I love it, love them, they are so entertaining. I love that you did it like an interview too, it is so much fun. I want to read this story :), Teran is awesome. Murtagh, They are awesome.

    1. Thanks! I love doing the interview style. Especially with characters that can banter well. Haha, it is in such shambles right now, I'm embarrassed to say that I've let people read it before. I love Taren, but Darren is my favorite. Murtagh all the way!

  2. This is great! I think sibling relationships are the most difficult yet rewarding relationships to write. I've only had one pair of siblings central to my novels, but that brother and sister were my favorite character interactions to write about.
    ~Sarah Faulkner


    1. They can be hard to write! Awesome! I have several siblings, but these two are definitely the best.

  3. This is so hilarious and adorable! Siblings are so fun to write about, especially when you have plenty of sibling experience yourself:) Love your posts, Maddie!
    In Christ,

    1. Thanks!! Oh yes, I definitely use my siblings as fodder for stories at times.

  4. That was so neat -especially how get squabble with each other. :) Blessings!

    1. Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the comment.