Williams is an Australian speculative fiction writer. His book The Crooked Letter won the 2004 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel.
In a speech at Adelaide University last year (2004), [he] stated: "The sad fact is that by exposing me to an education in religion, my father probably sowed the seeds of my own irreligious leanings. Sometime early in 1985, as I waited for the curtain to go up on my first ever appearance as an actor on stage, I came to the abrupt realization that I was an atheist. Life just seemed so much simpler that way, with the Bible and other texts reduced to the level of good stories rather than internally inconsistent dogma. Thus I have remained ever since, although my taste for such stories remains."
In an interview with LOCUS magazine, [he's] quoted as saying: "When I was 16 or 17, after years of (literal) soul-searching, it suddenly occurred to me that I would be happier as an atheist. A huge sense of relief came over me: 'Ah, I don't have to worry about that anymore! It can just be a good story, and I can get on with my life.' "
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