Featured Interview With Roberet Tennant-Ralphs
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I grew up on a small holding in the lovely Wye Valley in Wales, UK. After my education, I spent 40 years in London mostly as a business development adviser to the pharmaceutical industry. There I learned about the marketing of drugs and became an expert in this field. What happened at the same time was that I descended into alcoholism and drug addiction. In 1985 I quit all drugs and have stayed abstinent ever since.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
Ten years after I stopped taking drugs, I began writing my memoire, ‘Surviving Addictions’, published in 2008 by Chipmunka. After its success, I continued to write until I moved to Morocco to help its drug addicts in 2016. There I discovered how this country’s issues with drugs had led some of its citizens into terrorism and organised crime. As they were responsible for the awful terrorist attacks in Barcelona, London, Brussels, Paris, Madrid, Marrakech, Casablanca, and in part, 9/11, I knew the world needed to know and the solution. In addition, they control organised crime in Holland and Belgium. Each book in The Global Drug Conundrum trilogy describes aspects of this.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favourite writers are Raymond Chandler and Scott Fitzgerald. My favourite genre was crime fiction, now it is books about nature, travel, geography, astronomy and spirituality. I am inspired by David Attenborough and Marianne Williamson, and the founders of 12-Step Recovery programs.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
To write Villains and Victims. The Drug, Terrorism and Organised Crime Conundrum I visited the sites of every major terrorist attack in Europe, Morocco and New York. I took photos and interviewed victims, met doctors and psychiatrists, drug addicts and their families. I also went to the Rif Mountains three times to talk to cannabis growers. NB Morocco is the biggest producer of hashish in the world, yet it is illegal there!
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