ABOUT Darrell McLaughlin

Darrell McLaughlin
To quote the late Jerry Garcia, “what a long, strange trip it’s been”. In my sixty-one years, I've worked on a missile launch crew, in the engine room of a Mississippi riverboat and as the operator of a chemical plant. I've sold insurance, advertising and other stuff, worked in numer More...



The sparse narrative in the Bible leaves many questions unanswered. Why were the two trees there in the first place? Why was the serpent allowed to be there? What kind of people were Adam and Eve? How did they spend their days in the garden? How did the serpent convince Eve to eat the "apple"? Was it really all about one gullible innocent woman being tricked and seduced by a wily serpent? What were her motivations? Would the serpent have tried to deceive Adam before Eve? Did Adam, Eve and the serpent have any kind of relationship, prior to the incident at the tree?
The list goes on.
A Wall in Eden explores a lot of these questions and answers a few, but its main purpose is simply to be an entertaining story. If readers view the Garden of Eden differently after reading this novel, or find themselves thinking differently about issues raised, then that is just a bonus. You may never think of the garden of eden in quite the same way as before.
A Wall in Eden is scheduled to be published in about two weeks. Just trying to get some advance buzz and reviews here.

A Wall of Eden began as a writing project. The challenge: Take an existing plot with which everyone is familiar. Without changing the story or its outcome, make it fresh and new. The story of the Garden of Eden was chosen because, in addition to being a familiar story, it is one which allows no references to the past. It also precludes the use of modern axioms and idioms. For example, neither Adam nor Eve could have been depicted as 'being so happy that they did cartwheels'. No cart, no wheels. As the writing of the story progressed, another challenge presented itself. Portray the characters (Adam, Eve, the Serpent, the Lord) in such a way that the reader can start to see himself in the story. The story of Adam and Eve, like the rest of the Bible, has to be seen as each of our stories, else it is nothing but history at best, or even irrelevant myth or fable at worst. I once saw, in a college curriculum, a course called The Bible As Literature. I never did sign up for the course, but the name stuck in mind over the years. A Wall in Eden is 'the Bible as literature', or at least an entertaining, made-up story with familiar characters and themes.

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