Interview with Chrif Elidrissi

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grow up in Morocco, in the biggest city in the country, Casablanca.
I had a normal childhood and thanks to my family i had access to books and read a lot. To have that cultural difference that you can bring and add to your work especially in the Occidental world is a valuable plus.
When did you first start writing?
I started in high school.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
yes of course, i was in high school and the teacher told me about a contest, so i took the challenge.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My uncle had the original "Arabian Nights" called "One thousand and one nights", i read it during the summer school break, and that was the inspiration that i had to write stories.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I'm gonna say, it's all because of the intrigue.
"One thousand and one nights", "The magician's nephew", "The Silmarillion", "Mort", "Storm Bringer".
What is your writing process?
I write the universe of the story and the history of the characters, then i focus on a timeline to make the events successive.
How do you approach cover design?
usually i do it myself and it's a step by step process, first the picture and then the editing and when it's finished i select the font to write on it.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I mostly go on self publishing websites and look for free books, then if i like the writer i look for his work.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything and anything, Fantasy and Sci-Fi.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Pc
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was always fascinated by time travel..
you see where this is going? it's a time traveling story.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
No other choice i guess.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords gave me the platform to publish my own work and access more readers.
What are you working on next?
The next story in my serie.
Published 2015-04-03.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

Adam (Episode 5)
Series: Adam (A collection of Short Episodes). Price: Free! Words: 3,120. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Adam experience his powers for the first time on the other side and the results where totally unexpected.
Adam (Episode 4)
Series: Adam (A collection of Short Episodes). Price: Free! Words: 1,290. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Adam encounters a weird looking character while he is in the old building and learn about his ancestors and their powers.
Adam (Episode 3)
Series: Adam (A collection of Short Episodes). Price: Free! Words: 1,480. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This is the third side-story in the collection of episodes, following Adam, the hero of the novel of the same name, while he is discovering his origins and learning about his abilities. Adam receive an unexpected visitor from the old house across the street from his own and discovers the most unusual story behinds his powers.
in the Mist of the Early Morning (Episode 1)
Series: in the Mist of the Early Morning. Price: Free! Words: 1,790. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
After he decided to take an early morning walk in the park to clear his mind and exercise his muscles, a man in his 40's witnessed the existence of creatures that shows up only in the early morning and vanish with the mist before dawn.
The Lost Tales (Episode 2)
Series: Adventures in the land of Morack [The Lost Tales]. Price: Free! Words: 2,380. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This is the story of the man who gave up everything in the name of faith and honor, and by doing that he became the legend that created the myth everybody is telling the tales about. Set as a prequel to the Adventures in the land of Morack, these episodes of the lost tales, retrace the story of our hero Hakim and his friends who defended the sacred city of Hasibah against the enemies of the Akils.
in the Mist of the Early Morning (Pilot Episode)
Series: in the Mist of the Early Morning. Price: Free! Words: 2,100. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This is a story by Chrif Elidrissi, about a man, who gets invited to the most expected family visit match making of his life.
The Lost Tales (Episode 1)
Series: Adventures in the land of Morack [The Lost Tales]. Price: Free! Words: 1,420. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This is the story of the man who gave up everything in the name of faith and honor, and by doing that he became the legend that created the myth everybody is telling the tales about.
A Cat Story (Full Series)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,900. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This is the story of a woman and her cat, who have few adventures together and in the process, she discover the truth about the felines... Story and cover by Chrif Elidrissi.
A Cat Story (Book 3)
Series: A Cat Story (The Episodes). Price: Free! Words: 1,350. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This is the third episode of the series, following a woman's adventures with her cat and the discovery of the hidden world of the feline specie, written by Chrif Elidrissi.
Adam (Episode 2)
Series: Adam (A collection of Short Episodes). Price: Free! Words: 1,430. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This is the second episode of the side stories around Adam the main character in the novel of the same name, by Chrif Elidrissi. A man take a baby boy to another world to save him from the dangers that lurk for him, he takes a leap of faith in the old ways and discovers the truth that he read about in the books, hidden behind legends and old stories.
Adam (Episode 1)
Series: Adam (A collection of Short Episodes). Price: Free! Words: 1,300. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Adam was having a normal day at school until something happened and the adventure starts...
A Cat Story (Book 2)
Series: A Cat Story (The Episodes). Price: Free! Words: 1,510. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This is a short story/Flash fiction book, by Chrif Elidrissi. Set to be the second episode of the book with the same name, about the adventures of a young woman and her cat in their neighborhood.
A Cat Story (Book 1)
Series: A Cat Story (The Episodes). Price: Free! Words: 1,070. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A young woman comes back from work to realize that her cat is not in the house, she go out to look for him and the result is a small adventure in the neighborhood.