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Adam Starks Ph.D.
Adam Starks Author Interview

In the Dark of Eden follows a man with recurring dreams of a mysterious forest who decides to explore that forest and uncovers a surprising twist to the Appalachian folklore. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

A couple years ago, I needed a clean break from everything life was throwing at me, so I decided to trek a four-mile trail at Audra State Park. It turned into quite an adventure because I hadn’t lost myself in a forest since I was a kid. My imagination ran wild, and I started jotting ideas on paper to create the plot when I finally returned home.

Tyhannon is an intriguing character. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

Tyhannon represents many lost men, including myself, trying to find their way in today’s chaotic world. He’s relatable because it’s become increasingly difficult to find our calling or just be content with life. Many of us are constantly in search of something but no avenue to communicate or explore our deepest desires. As a result, many of us become loners or wandering spirits. There’s something out there or within waiting to be discovered, and it’s often indescribably greater than us.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

The prevailing theme is wonder and taking risks in the face of uncertainly. Also, the wisdom of our interconnectedness with nature. Nature is God and we are Gods of Nature when we choose to be by discovering our ultimate purpose.

This is book one in The Eden Trilogy. What can readers expect in book two?

There’s a duplicate scene in Book 1 that’s supposed to represent déjà vu when Tyhannon misses an opportunity to save a man’s life not once but twice. It’s not obvious to Ty, but that scene will have more significance in Book 2 as Tyhannon gets a third chance. And yes, there will be another metaphysical sex scene.

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The catchphrase “Almost Heaven” may mean much more to those who uncover the mystery surrounding Eden, West Virginia. Tyhannon Briggs’ recurring dream of this majestic place consumes his thoughts until he decides to venture into Eden’s lush forest to find a paradise only claimed in local Appalachian folklore. Uncover the meaning and metaphysical realm of E.D.E.N. in Starks’ debut novella.

In the Dark of Eden

In the Dark of Eden (The Eden Trilogy Book 1) by [Adam Starks]

In the Dark of Eden by Adam Starks is a captivating mystery novel about a fictionalized version of the town of Eden in West Virginia. The book follows Tyhannon Briggs’ inner turmoil with his life experiences and journey through the town’s lush forest and its paranormal activity. The rich description of the forest and events includes the existence of the Fountain of Youth and the mysterious disappearances of many adventurers. It also features commentary about nature’s power to defend itself, setting up space to discuss an important real-world issue. The atmosphere of the novel is surreal and moody, and the writing is sharp and provides a subtle beauty to this paranormal story. It has a poetic feel to it and a cadence which keeps you engaged throughout the story. Biblical allegories intertwine with the character’s inner thoughts and surrealist moments make for an intriguing setting with much potential do be explored.

While I enjoyed the story, I would’ve liked for the story to be longer so that I can see more character development to better understand their emotions and motives, because what is provided is compelling I just wish there was more. Luckily the book is the first in a trilogy, so while the novel ends on a cliffhanger and we’re left wanting more, additional books are sure to provide the answers.

In the Dark of Eden is an enthralling mystery novella that will appeal to readers looking for a dark and metaphysical twist to their supernatural stories.

Pages: 37 | ASIN: B091GHNRKW

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