Monday, January 26, 2015

CHARACTER INTERVIEW: Samantha Fleming from Torn

Tell me a little about yourself (where you live, who you are, what you look like, what you hope to achieve, etc.)

My name is Samantha Fleming, but everyone just calls me Sam. I’m 21, ambitious, and dying to break out into the modeling world. I know I’m too short by most standards (5’4”) and that’s really hindered my success, thus far, but I don’t care. I’m determined to make it big, somehow…. Aside from that, I pride myself in staying in shape by jogging and yoga. My best—and only—friend, Cairi, describes me as a bit naive. She thinks if you've never been in love, you haven’t really lived. Even though I’m from a bustling and diverse area of South Florida, I've never really traveled beyond my hometown.  

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I really enjoy shopping, keeping up on the latest fashion trends, and jogging. I spend most of my time with Cairi or working as a waitress at a local sports bar; but seriously, I should be modeling....

What is your favorite color and why?

White… Like big, white lights. Or maybe silver, like the Silver Screen.
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What is your favorite food? Why is it your favorite?

Sorry… I’m that girl. The one that has to watch what she eats. I’m going to say a fresh spring or fruit salad.

What would you say is your biggest quirk?

I might have my head in the clouds, just a bit. I tend to not see what’s right in front of me sometimes because I’m too busy dreaming of other things.

What is it about your antagonist that irks you the most, and why?

Irks me…. Nothing about Sean irks me. ME, when it comes to him, is what irks me. I’m head over heels in love with him and I can’t seem to ever be able to say it. Those feelings are what will hold me back from my dreams, no matter how unfair that is to him.

What or who means the most to you in your life? What, if anything, would you do to keep him/her/it in your life?

In the depths of my soul, Sean means more to me than I will ever admit. I would give up my dreams for him in a heartbeat, and that’s exactly why I have to let him go…. I probably don’t deserve him anyway.

What one thing would you like readers to know about you that may not be spelled out in the book in which you inhabit?

I’m not as cruel or a dumb as the author has made me out to be. I certainly have a lot of growing up to do, but I've been through a lot of pain and abuse, and I haven’t had luck in any area of my life. My modeling dream is pretty much all I've ever really counted on. Men have hurt me, and even though Sean hasn't, I can’t know for sure that he won’t hurt me too, one day. I may act like I don’t care about my biological father, but I’m damaged by his abandonment far greater than the physical blows from my step dad.

If you could tell your writer (creator) anything about yourself that might turn the direction of the plot, what would it be?

I think I needed this. Maybe you didn't have to make me go through so many ups and downs, but in the end, I needed this journey and these lessons. It would've been easier without Colin and Micah, though! Can you delete them? Pretty, please?

Ask me any question. I've always wanted to know what a character thinks about writers like myself. I'll answer the question at the end of this interview.

What gets you through the lulls (assuming you've had any)? If you can’t focus or get the “creative juices” flowing, what do you do?

Great question. I usually have multiple projects, books if you will, in process at the same time, so if I'm feeling a bit of a lull with one project, I'll tackle another. Having this blog helps, too. I write on it almost every day. Also, I have interesting photos pulled from magazines which I delve into whenever I feel especially stopped. I pull out a picture and write about what I see using my five senses. And there are always walks away from the computer to get me moving forward again.

Thanks Samantha!

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