Dark Adult Fiction (SEETHINGS). Character Spotlight: Super-Organised Samantha Felding.

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Sam is a highly trustworthy, dependable woman — personable to all who encounter her. She’s a loyal friend, supportive sister and model daughter to her parents. Her work ethic is focused and flawless.

Samantha Felding.

  • Thirty-something
  • Married to Mitchell Felding (10 years.)
  • High School Educator
  • Self – Motivated
  • High Achiever
  • Dedicated Christian

Samantha remembers names, birthdays and anniversaries without prompts or notes. She reads the obituaries daily, just in case one someone she knows passes away. Sympathy cards are bought and sent via regular post frequently. Handwritten heartfelt messages always accompany them. Letters are written in long-hand, grammatically correct from the first word to the last.

There are calendars and clocks in every room of her home. A day planner sits on her desk, and she has three other diaries in the house. She has a plethora of reminder messages written on post-it notes which are stuck on a pin-board beside her computer. Not one second of her day is wasted on frivolous activities. She has organised everything within an inch of its life.

Some say she’s an old soul in a young body — too empathetic and disciplined to be a product of her generation. Winging-it isn’t in her vocabulary. There’s no such thing as making-it-up.

She’s a high-school teacher and very good at it. Her recent promotion to Department Head was a result of this officiousness. She deserved the appointment too. Those she works with, agree with the new placement and responsibilities.

She’s an intelligent, strong and independent woman. Ask her if she’s a feminist, and she’d answer with a resounding no. She’d simply say she was, getting the job done – a trait of humbleness she got from her mother.

Oh yes, that hard-working, quiet-achiever type is a nice trait, but it can fool the best of them. Husband Mitchell sees another side that isn’t shown to anyone else. Deep on the inside, Sam’s a mess. She’s conflicted with the pressures of modern life. She’s a professional woman struggling with the expectations of feminism, religion, and old-fashioned values against new-world demands. This comes at a price. It makes her doubt herself all the time. It also keeps her asking herself over and over: ‘Am I doing enough for God?’

She tries so hard not to disappoint Him. She’s got something to worry about every second of the day. Sugar can prompt a worrisome event. Brown or white sweetener for guests? Should it come in a bowl with a shared spoon and some stirrers, or is it proper to provide individual spoons at each place-setting? What if the coffee is too strong, or not strong enough? What if the discussion turns political while they’re drinking it? There should be a go-to topic just in case. Tea must be made available too. Artificial sweetener? Yes, some people are on diets.

It’s difficult to be Sam.

Needless to say, spontaneity threatens to ruin Sam’s carefully arranged world. Even Mitchell has to book-in to visit his wife. Sex is a somewhat frivolous activity, disorganised and messy. It’s last on Sam’s to-do list. That’s why, after a decade, the couple are childless and Mitchell has a taken up a new hobby.

Counsellor Tony Brindell is about to open Pandora’s Box by asking him one simple question.

Michael

“Forman’s writing style is artful, with the protagonist Mitchell’s warped thought processes masterfully exposed. The author has a powerful and vivid command of language, and his word pictures are stark and disturbingly real.”

– Linda J Bettenay, author of ‘Secrets Mothers Keep’ and ‘Wishes For Starlight’.

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