Robert Williams was born in 1947 and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Martha Washington Elem., Sulzberger Junior High, and graduated from Ben Franklin High in 1966. After graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force, and after serving three-and-a-half years of honorable service, he was allowed an early out of six months in January 1970. While living and working in Dover, Delaware, he met his beautiful wife, Blondell Sherrod, in July, and in September of that same year, they were married. In 1973, he moved with his family to Savannah, Georgia, where he and his wife received the gift of the Holy Ghost at the Tree of Life Apostolic Holiness Church (which they still attend). After working at Continental Can/Stone container for twenty-six years, Midwest Air for three years, and Lewis Dreyfus commodities for twelve years, he retired. After living in Savannah for over forty years, he still loves the weather, his church, going crabbing, his children and their families, and his wife of forty-five years.
Following Robert Williams's prize-winning debut Luke and Jon, How the Trouble Started is a dark, gripping novel about childhood, morality and the loneliness of children and adults. Told with Robert Williams's characteristic warmth, humanity and deceptively light touch, it is a story about how our best and worst intentions can lead us astray, and the moments we can never leave behind.
Most all of the staff at the Childrens Home, local police (to include, Chief of Police), a local Priest, and a Senator; are all caught up in the child abuse and murder. Making it very difficult for children who endure the abuse on a daily basis, to run away and turn them in; who can they tell when most everyone is involved. Running away ultimately culminates in their death. Hence the Status Quo.
A Department of Children Family Services (DCFS) Case Worker, a couple of children, and a brother who is a Special Agent of the FBI; diligently work together to make sure that everyone of the perpetrators get theirs!! And finally bring to a close the Status Quo.