BY TERI WILLIAMS | PHOTOS BY ERIC LOVE
So much was going on the year Stacy Worth finished his novel, it’s
understandable that after only a handful of submissions, he abandoned the
book to the back of an unused drawer. The year was 2006; his oldest son
Caleb was only three, and his second son Levi had just been born. At the
end of 2005, his employer, Merck Pharmaceuticals in Albany, Georgia, where
Stacy had worked as a chemist for the preceding eight years, announced that the
plant planned to close. Even if his world hadn’t been turned upside down by all that
was going around him, the rapid changes in publishing made it difficult to know what
direction to take with his book of fiction. Eight years later, it was the movie Noah that
sent Stacy back to that drawer to dust off the pages of his work of fiction based on the
same Biblical story.
“Every author has their own interpretation of a character,” said Stacy. “Mine was
certainly a different perspective on Noah than the one portrayed by producer Darren
Aronofsky. If you read the flood account, it doesn’t give you a lot of detail.” The biblical
account of the apocalyptic flood and the antediluvian family of eight who survived it
was rife with mystery. The whole thing is covered in only four chapters in Genesis.
But the story came to life for Stacy in one statement. “God has just explained that he’s
going to destroy the whole earth, and then there’s this verse that says, ‘But Noah found
grace in the eyes of the Lord’” (NKJV Genesis 6:8).
“It’s fiction,” said Stacy about his book, “and written for an adult audience.” I
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WITH STACY WORTH
REVEALS A MAN
OF MANY LAYERS...
BUT THE STORIES HE
WEAVES REVEAL HIS
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