Walls and doors play an important role in the psychological thriller SEETHINGS. They are a metaphor for the delineation of human behaviour – evil and civil. A line is drawn at its junction with a door or a window being an access hatch between these two realms.
Anytime the narrative goes outside a building, the writing changes and so do the character’s roles.
It’s quite different to the Gwyneth Paltrow 1998 hit Sliding Doors where the story is split into two plots originating from a chance point at a train door. It’s one of the reasons why I avoided calling my book Sliding Glass Doors, for I knew there would be instant association to the movie. That didn’t mean I altered the story, I just changed the title. Sliding Doors and SEETHINGS are very different stories indeed!
A Sliding Glass Doors Metaphor
Writers use metaphors all the time. Sometimes a flashback, a clock or a mirror is used to move a reader from one standpoint in a narrative to another. It’s often put there as a clue too. On this occasion, the metaphor is our door. There are several instances where they have been placed and, although somewhat benign to begin with, they grow as the page count increases. It’s explosive point crescendos at a sliding glass door!
The door in question plays such an important role that I had to re-write the chapter it belongs to several times to get it right. It has it’s own identity. After finishing the chapter, I had to leave the writing alone for a day or two to get my head around the monster I’d created. It frightened me!
So what did I create in that chapter? You’ll have to read SEETHINGS to find out!
At the bottom of this page you’ll see a portion of a reader’s review. I’ve used it several times before and it refers to the ‘word pictures‘ written into SEETHINGS. Linda Bettenay remarks on how ‘stark’ and ‘disturbingly real’ they are. (The full review here.) She gives great insight into what to expect throughout the novel, particularly at that point when those doors and walls evaporate and the line between civility and all else is removed.
Enjoy the ride!
-Michael Forman (Author of SEETHINGS)
‘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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