The Author

​  Amir Jamal Williams is an actor, novelist, playwright, screenwriter and lyricist. He was born in 1981, in Harlem, New York, and raised in Washington Heights. At the age of two, he began his career in acting, appearing in numerous commercials and print. In 1988, at the age of six, he landed the role of J.T. Rallins in the first season of the hit show, A Different World. After a few years of theater, (Black Nativity, Betsey Brown), he took over the role of Jamal Wilson-Cudahy on the soap opera, All My Children, where he remained for several years. He also appeared in numerous television movies such as Daybreak (HBO, 1993) Silent Witness: What A Child Saw (USA, 1994), I’ll Fly Away: The Movie, and The Anisa Ayala Story. He also appeared on television shows such as New York Undercover and Law and Order. After some more years in off-Broadway theater and opera, (Gianni Schicci, Different Fields), he began the voice-over role of “Mack” MacKenzie in the MTV cartoon, Daria, where he remained until it’s end. He retired in the year 2000, at the age of eighteen to pursue writing and other interests.

As a child, Amir always had a love for writing. He spent most of his free time reading books, and mysteries and thrillers held a special place in his heart. Authors such as Agatha Christie, Tennessee Williams, Walter Mosley, Edgar Allan Poe, and R.L. Stein rank among his favorites. Since the age of eleven, he has been writing short stories, gaining valuable insight from English teachers and peers. He attended Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan, majoring in Drama, and graduated in 1999. Even while he was on set, though, he always knew he wanted to be on the writing side, creating memorable characters and stories rather than just playing them. In 2013, he completed his first literary work, The Blackbird Chronicles: Volume One; a work of ten short stories, with more volumes to follow. The following year, in 2014, Flame of Retribution, his first novel, was completed. After being turned down by every major publishing house (and even a few minor ones), Amir decided to take matters in to his own hands and self-publish. He is currently directing two plays; The Diary of a Mother, a documentary-theater which examines eight mothers suffering loss, and Pretty BIG Monologues, written by him, following the life and struggles of a group of plus-sized dancers, set to be on stage in the near future. While he has no formal training, he knows great writing, compelling s​tories, and memorable characters. They are his life. Amir now resides in New York State with his wife and two children.
  

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