Gamal C. Williams
Becoming an author can be a massive undertaking but it is
certainly worth the effort if you want to achieve creative
fulfillment while touching the emotions, hearts, and minds of
others through writing. Some people feel the unction more readily
than others to express their emotions and thoughts openly while
others may be more introverted with their emotions and thoughts and
could quite possibly replaying scenes over in their mind. How
creative is that? If you believe there’s a story inside of you then
you should let it out.
Meet Gamal C. Williams, a native of Brooklyn, New York, a father
of four, and a retired 20-year Naval Senior Chief Officer hailing
from Hampton Rhodes, Virginia. On November 29, 2020 Gamal released
his first novel entitled, Fin: A Story of Love and Hope.
“First, let me explain how I came up with the
name, Fin. Fin is actually short for Finely. One thing we do in the
military is shorten last names. For example, my last name is
Williams, but everybody calls me, Will. So, this whole thing
started because of a dream I kept having. I had this same dream
four or five times a week for about three or four weeks. In this
dream I am working in a convenience store and as I’m taking the
trash out in the back somebody comes in and tries to rob the store.
The cops intervene and somehow, I accidently get shot. Each time I
had this dream I would wake up in a panic. After a while I realized
I was dreaming. Then finally one night I woke up at two o’clock in
the morning and I grabbed my laptop and just started writing. I
wrote the first ten or twelve pages of the book and sent it to my
publisher, Sasha Ridley. After she read it, she encouraged me to
finish this story. So, I started thinking if I’m going to finish
this story then I am going to have to figure out how did this
person get here, and how do I write this scene, so it was the dream
that actually got me into writing. I never grew up saying I wanted
to be an author, it was never anything like that. I didn’t know I
wanted to be a writer until I started writing Fin. I loved it
immediately. I enjoyed seeing the characters come to life. Every
waking moment I had I would be thinking about this
Fin: A Story of Love and Hope is a book that transcends
nationalities and genders; it is relatable enough to spark the
interest of everyone who reads it.
Though the book is fiction there are some elements of truth
embedded in the fabric of the story line.
As a black male, Gamal understands the social anxieties and
depressions that both pre-adolescent and post-teens experience.
Some of his experiences can be found in Fin.
The book also shows the complexities of love on multiple
levels. For instance, there is a romantic love between Fin and his
girlfriend Cory; there is the love between his grandparents; and
there is the love that father and son show one another.
Gamal shares, "When I was growing up on my way home from
school me and my friends would stop at the library every day to do
our homework then we would read for hours. To know that some young
man will be able to go into the library and see a book that looks
like him on the shelf and be able to resonate with the emotions
going on in the book is so rewarding for me. If a young kid can see
themselves in one of those characters, then I am happy. That’s a
blessing right there. I just hope people would give it a chance and
pick it up and enjoy it.”
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