Amal Samaha studied fine arts at the University of Western Australia, and later politics and history at Victoria University of Wellington. They live in Karori with their partner and a one-eyed cat.
Amal was an exhibiting artist in small galleries in Australia and New Zealand between 2014 and 2018, working in an unpremeditated style of oil painting, as well as pen-an-ink illustration. They were the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art’s “Young Innovator Online” for 2014-15.
After moving to New Zealand in 2017, Amal has worked as a writer and political activist, contributing to The Spinoff, Peace Land and Bread, and Anticonquista. They have written on local politics, the art world, and issues in New Zealand foreign policy.
Since 2018 Amal has been writing interactive fiction using RenPy. They are interested in expanding the boundaries of the genre, and teaching others how to write using this fun and easy-to-use program.