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.