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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Robyn Williams  

Pen Name: None

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Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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Robyn Williams lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Because reading and writing is a passion of hers, Robyn founded the Bestow Foundation, a not-for-profit Literacy Organization where she is Executive Director. The Bestow Foundation’s Mission is to cultivate a literate nation by leveraging the power of the family as a means for economic empowerment and community transformation. The Bestow Foundation is dedicated to improving the literacy skills of Chicago-area adults and families.


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Titles At Your Library

Preconceived Notions
ISBN: 1930097018

Lushena Books. 1999

"With her first incredibly provocative literary masterwork, Robyn Williams has produced an insightful novel that candidly probes the potent dynamics of black romance. Williams melds explosive passion, eroticism, greed, violence, and pain into an electrifying and climactic entanglement.

In the vein of Terry McMillans Waiting to Exhale and Connie Briscoes Sister and Lovers, Preconceived Notions powerfully explores the passions, desires and fears that erupt when a beautiful, fiery black woman and a "strong black man" fall in love.

Imagany is a bright and ambitious Fisk University journalism major with a talent for dance. Elliott is the handsome, charismatic star quarterback for Tennessee State University. When they meet, the attraction is immediate

the intensity of their passion leaves their lives irrevocably changed forever. As their relationship unfolds, however, their unrivaled love is challenged by the deep, dark secrets lurking in the shadows of Imagany's past. These secrets threaten not only to tear apart the paradise they have created for themselves, but also the very soul of Imagany herself."

- Regina Lynch Hudson

A Twist Of Fate
ISBN: 1930097344

Lushena Books. 2011

She's back, and true to her craft, she has done it again! Robyn Williams, author of the critically-acclaimed novel, Preconceived Notions, returns with A Twist of Fate, an absolutely engaging sophomore effort. The long-awaited follow-up to her stunning debut novel, A Twist of Fate is rife with all the intrigue, drama, romance, sex and suspense one might expect. Yet it's packaged with all of the plot twists, depth of character and unpredictability that one wouldn't. Williams' already prolific writing takes a decided leap upward with this beautifully-crafted offering, rendering the reader the true winner. Terri who? Ronald E. Childs, Today's Black Woman Robyn Williams has quickly become a master at her craft. Her works shimmer with passion, glisten with insight, and compel her readers to clamor and hunger for more. She resides in Chicago where she has released her third novel, A Fool's Paradise.

A Fool's Paradise
ISBN: 1930097956

Lushena Books. 2008

Robyn Williams, masterful storyteller and literary genius, displays her extraordinary talent for characterization in A Fool's Paradise. Like her previous novels, she lures readers into an intriguing world of lifelike imagery and memorable, colorful characters. The story is robust with suspense, romance, tragedy, humor and elements of the supernatural intricately woven into a series of well-conceived plot twists guaranteed to leave readers spellbound long after the last page is turned. From the majestic heights of Utah s mountainous Alps to the splendor of Italy and France, to the opulence of Los Angeles, to the gritty streets of Washington, D.C. and New York City, A Fool's Paradise reveals the story of Dr. Aaryn Jamison, one of the nation s most prominent African American physicians. She is brilliant and immensely successful and has a penchant for mountain climbing. Gifted with healing hands, she ambitiously places her career first and has ruled out the magic of love. She is more comfortable in the healing spiritual realm of the supernatural than she is in a glittering world of lustful, intimacy-starved, celebrity-driven fortune seekers. Enter Jayson Denali, internationally acclaimed Academy award-winning actor. The handsome, charismatic, potently virile male superstar rose from meager beginnings to become king among Hollywood s elite. He is the talented A-list movie star that every director covets and every woman fawns over. The complete antithesis of Aaryn Jamison, their personalities, temperaments and egos clash from the moment they meet at Shriners Medical Center where Jayson s mother is admitted for long-term rehabilitation. Repulsed by what she sees as Jayson s vanity, bravado and conceit from widely publicized accounts of his womanizing behavior, Aaryn wants no contact with the brazen superstar and abruptly refers the Denalis to another physician. Appalled by Aaryn s objectionable and perceived arrogant behavior, Jayson is only too eager to leave the hospital in pursuit of another medical facility. Fate, however, intervenes and plunges the two down a startling road of self-discovery fraught with meddling parents, scheming ex-lovers, jealous co-stars and an ever-watchful, over-protective entourage. Passions simmer as forces conspire for and against the destinies of these two diametrically opposed individuals. Equally compelling is the unexpected and vivid depiction of the powerful and mysterious nature of the supernatural at work in the character s lives. A Fool's Paradise is storytelling at its best. Robyn Williams illustrates with compassion and intensity a beautiful story laced with seduction and sensuality so skillfully crafted that no reader will be able to resist this unbelievably cinematic tale. Savor the richness, enchantment, and emotionally infused chemistry of genuine relationships of the heart, for A Fool's Paradise is as complex and inspiring as the real world it parallels. This poignant novel explores the imperfections of people, relationships, friendships and families. Perhaps Williams best work, A Fool's Paradise is a powerful transition into mainstream fiction. It is a literary treasure and a must read for any mature, sophisticated reader's collection.


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