MOUNT VERNON — Zack Wall takes his writing seriously. So serious in fact, he turned a three-page creative writing assignment into 15 pages. Those initial pages were then the start of the 225-page book, “Inceptum.”
“We had to write a Biblical narrative including at least five verses. I chose Genesis 1:1-5,” Wall said.
“A well of inspiration hit me and I was immersed in the project for weeks. I did nothing but write except for my classes.”
Wall said he worked on the paper right up to the last minute. The hard work paid off when he professor encouraged him to take it one step further and finish his tale.
“It took me a year to put together,” Wall said. “I would write for a while then start reading from the beginning to make sure it flowed. I knew it was ready when I could read read it and keep reading; it just felt right.”
Wall’s story is a fictional account of creation based on the book of Genesis.
“It follows God’s first intricate steps,” Wall said. “It includes God and the angels, Adam and Eve, and battles between angels and demons.”
The 20-year-old author said he picked the book of Genesis because it is full of powerful imagery including God’s pronouncement, “Let there be light.”
The paperback book is a book Wall said is a good read for anyone — regardless of religious opinion or background.
“It’s a fantasy tale for Christians or non-Christrians,” Wall said. “It is simply an imaginary tale of how creation took place.”
Wall said he did not follow a 24-hour day cycle in the book, but it does relate to the seven days of creation. This time frame, he said, will allow the reader to develop their own concept of time.
Although he considers the book an entertainment piece, Wall said his main concept is to get readers to “think about where we came from. It follows closely with the character of God. I just wrote my vision of how God would interact with angels and humanity.”
In addition to attending college, Wall is currently working on a sequel to “Inceptum” as well as other works including science fiction.
The Mount Vernon resident is the son of Nora and Desmond Wall. The family moved to the area from Canada in 2002.
Wall will be available for a book signing Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gospel Supply Shop.