I make digital media platforms for my day job (check out Vorb and Nth Screen) and in my spare time I love to write fiction. Shadows of Marrakech is my first novel. It reflects my fascination with the world and its mysteries - not mysticism, but genuine philosophical mysteries. Do you know how this world goes? Me neither. Please follow me on Twitter at @timkindberg and Instagram at @takeyouwithme_.
What's the story behind Shadows of Marrakech?
I visited Marrakech for a few days, when I gave a paper at a conference on computer security. I stayed not at the conference hotel but at a riad in the Souks. There I met the man who became Ali in the book, and living in his riad was a young woman who was actually called Ibtissam - now the name of Chemchi's cat. When I returned to England, I found myself haunted by this exotic, mysterious place. And the story began to pour from me.
When did you first start writing?
When I was a teenager I wrote mostly terrible poetry
In Marrakech, Chemchi, a Berber girl, enters into a bargain with a brutal slave master. In return for his help, she must track down the son he needs to save him. He awakens her power to see the unseen: a living carpet of shadows, a portal to an uncanny parallel world. Chemchi finds the son. But she also finds out the truth about her mother. And Cracked Marrakech has a mind of its own...