Mystery in Morocco

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

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