The Red Cliffs of Zerhoun: a historical novel set in the future
Q and A with author Matt Bracken
WRSA: What does the title of your new novel refer to?
Red sandstone cliffs are common to the coastal region of Morocco I’m writing about, and they feature in the story. All the Dan Kilmer novels are going to contain a geographical feature in their titles. So far I’ve used up “Cay” and “Cliffs”, so I don’t anticipate running out soon.
WRSA: I couldn’t find Cape Zerhoun or Port Zerhoun on any maps of Morocco.
It’s a composite of a few different locations, but is largely based on the historical pirate port of Salé from the corsair era but relocated a bit to the south. The name Zerhoun is taken from a holy mountain in Morocco which is a national pilgrimage site. I sprinkled some other non-random names into the novel…
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