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About the author:
I am an author living in Swansea in South Wales in the UK. I started writing books 25 years ago based on my experience recovering from drug addiction and alcoholism 38 years ago. For most of my working life I was a business development advisor to the pharmaceutical industry, and before that in the British police. In 2016 I moved to Morocco to start Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous. I have written a memoir, Surviving Addictions, a book about recovery from addiction and the history of AA, Millions of Miracles and a trilogy which includes Drug Clouds Over Morocco- Casablanca Revisited.
What inspired you to write your book?
The world iks not aware that drug issues in Morocco where I lived influenced the terrorist attacks in Barcelona, Paris, London, Brussels, Madrid, Casablbanca, Markesh, 9/11 and organised crime in Holland and Belgium this century.
Here is a short sample from the book:
As he stood at the bar waiting to order two large vodkas, he had the shock of his life. A firm tap on his shoulder caused him to freeze and his hair to stand on end.
‘Hi, Yashine, do you remember me? I’m Nadia’s friend from London, Fatima. We met in Casablanca last year.’ The gorgeous young woman beamed at him, clearly pleased to see him.
Never in his life had Yashine been so afraid. ‘I’m sorry,’ he said, knowing she must have been surprised by his reaction. ‘I thought you were someone else. Of course, I remember you.’
In the instant before he knew who it was, he thought he had been spotted by a security guard depositing the phone in the bin. Or, his Muslim beliefs told him, it was a messenger from Allah come to chastise him for ordering alcohol.
As his heart stopped racing and his mind cleared, he managed to say, ‘I was about to order coffee. Would you like one?’
‘That would be lovely. But what are you doing here? I thought you were with Nadia in Amsterdam.’
This time on the back foot for another reason, Yashine had to think quickly. But now his mind was clearer, he was able to respond. ‘An issue with my family in Tangier came up this morning and I need to go there urgently. That’s why I am travelling light.’ He pointed to his bag. ‘If I have to stay more than a few days, she will join me and bring more of my things.’
‘I hope it’s not serious,’ Fatima said.
‘I will know more when I get there,’ he said, relieved he had got out of this tricky situation. Also, for at least the time being he was not obsessing about the situation in Dam Square.
‘How are Hamid and Mariam? Are they still together?’ she asked.
‘Yes. We see a lot of them. I was with them earlier today before coming here. So, what are you going to do in Tangier? Do you know anyone there?’ he asked, trying to change the subject.