Character Interview: Sairsha Kincaid

Since I’ve trimmed down my posting schedule, I had to choose just one member of my Calligraphy Guild cast to interview this month. I love ALL of the Calligraphy Guild MCs, but Sairsha ended up selected since really the plot revolves around her (though she’s not the primary protagonist). Sairsha is an artist, calligrapher, and orphanage volunteer. Enjoy her interview! :)


Sairsha: *comes in and bows slightly to the interviewer*

Interviewer: *returns the gesture* Good morning. How are you? *gestures to an open seat*

Sairsha: *sits* I’m doing well, thank you. How are you?

Interviewer: I’m well. Are you ready to get started?

Sairsha: *nods*

Interviewer: What’s your name?

Sairsha: Sairsha Duyên Kincaid.

Interviewer: Zwee-en? *glances at his sheet* That’s not how I would have guessed that’s pronounced. *chuckles*

Sairsha: *smiles apologetically* My middle name is Virilen. But yes, it’s roughly pronounced Zwee-en.

Interviewer: It’s a beautiful name. Do you have any siblings?

Sairsha: *shakes her head* Only child. But I consider the calligraphy guild my family. Zen is especially like everyone’s big brother. *chuckles*

Interviewer: You work as a calligrapher?

Sairsha: *nods*

Interviewer: What got you into that?

Sairsha: My best friend introduced me to it when we were young and I found it to be a beautiful–if less expressive–art. It came easily to me, and becoming a calligrapher allows me to work with Raiden all the time. *smiles*

Interviewer: Is art important to you?

Sairsha: Oh, definitely. I’m a calligrapher, of course, and in my free time I also paint. When I have the opportunity I enjoy pottery, as well. Art is a lovely mode of expressing truth and also of brightening someone’s day. The greatest feeling is when you can make someone smile because of your art. *grins*

Interviewer: That sounds wonderful. Do you like creating art for anyone in particular?

Sairsha: I donate a lot of my paintings to the local orphanage. It gives each of the orphans something that’s their own and something to brighten up their space when the orphanage budget doesn’t allow for a whole lot of decoration.

Interviewer: Do you have a specific passion for orphans, or do you enjoy helping people in general?

Sairsha: Some of both. I love helping everyone, but orphans, the disabled, elderly widows… I try to particularly help those who have even less of a means of taking care of themselves. Obviously everyone needs help, and everyone has times they can’t take care of themselves, but in my experience it’s generally these few who have the hardest time and I like to help them.

Interviewer: Besides charity and your art and whatnot, do you have any hobbies?

Sairsha: I like to dance and sing, and I play Tora’s Đàn tranh every now and then.

Interviewer: You’re very involved in the arts. *chuckles*

Sairsha: *chuckles* Who in Virilia isn’t?

Interviewer: *nods* *glances at question sheet* Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Sairsha: Introvert.

Interviewer: What’s your favorite food?

Sairsha: Cheesecake, if that counts. Otherwise, either chicken noodle soup or turmeric fish and noodles.

Interviewer: All of those sound delicious. I imagine that as a calligrapher you enjoy reading?

Sairsha: *nods*

Interviewer: Do you have a favorite?

Sairsha: *laughs* Well… *thinks* Duyên writes fiction in her spare time. She’s not looking to publish any of it soon, so I don’t know if it counts, but it’s very good. *smiles*

Interviewer: Which of these is most important to you: kindness, intelligence, or bravery?

Sairsha: Kindness.

Interviewer: And honesty or selflessness?

Sairsha: Ooh… I think selflessness breeds honesty, so I’ll go with that.

Interviewer: Is there anything you can’t leave home without?

Sairsha: I take a drawing pad, paintbrush, and small palette with me most places.

Interviewer: All right, that was the last question. It was lovely to talk with you! *smiles*

Sairsha: You, too! *smiles and stands* *bows*

Interviewer: *returns the bow*

Sairsha: Have a good day.

Interviewer: You, too. *smiles*

Sairsha: *leaves*

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