Williams was born in Cleveland, Ohio, educated at Hotchkiss School and Yale University. As a journalist he received two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize as an undercover reporter at the World-Telegram & Sun in New York City. He was the Managing Editor of an international news magazine, News/Check, in Africa. He worked as an Editor at the Reader's Digest. Williams was a copywriter and creative director for large ad agencies around the world. He lived in Africa for 6 years and in Europe almost as long. He and his wife, who is also his editor currently live in Boca Raton, Florida. He writes both non-fiction and fiction with humor and the quick, sharp punch of journalistic truth.