Mystery in Morocco

SAEIDA ROUASS DISCUSSES DEBUT ASSEMBLY THE DEAD by ASJAD NAZIR LOOKING at serial killers different countries led Saeida Rouass down unexpected path that resulted her writing her debut novel Assembly The Dead . She had stumbled upon an incredible true story hidden in Moroccan history, which guided her towards writing a rip-roaring thriller set in 1906. The London- writer went through a number challenges to complete her recently-released book and learned a lot during the process Eastern Eye caught up with Saeida to talk her book, the fascinating story, writing process, inspirations and the advice she would give to aspiring authors What inspired Assembly The Dead’s story? It is based on a true story I stumbled on surfing newspaper archives. European newspapers from 1906 reported the case as a Moorish Jack the Ripper and I was immediately fascinated by the idea a serial killer operating in 1906 Marrakesh. The more I read, the more obsessed I became with the story these murders place just before Morocco became a French protectorate and all the upheaval that entailed. A fictional telling the story was screaming to be […]

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