Dr Don Williams is a graduate of the University of Cape Town
with an MSc in the Chemistry of Plant Pigments and a PhD in Microbiology. He was
a lecturer in the Department of Microbiology before being appointed Head of the
Electron Microscopy Unit at the University of Cape Town. Finally he was Director
of the Institute for Electron Microscopy of the Medical Research Council for seven
years before he and his family emigrated to Finland.
During his student days he was a Freelance TV News Stringer for CBS and worked
with a BBC TV Documentary Producer on a series of films made during the Apartheid
era. He is married, has three adult children, and has lived in Toivakka, a small
village in Finland, since 1982.
When the family moved to Finland the intention was that Don should write. However,
this event was delayed by the two years he spent on the staff of the University of
Jyväskylä, which was about to acquire a new Analytical Electron Microscope (1983)
and eight more years with a PC Software company he started with his wife Aino in
1984. The company did very well and in 1992 was sold to a Danish Group. Don and Aino
set up the new company headquarters in Helsinki and returned to Toivakka where he
finally settled down to write.
His first Novel, 'Thirty Steps to Heaven' was published in the US in 2000. Although
primarily a work of fiction, the book is based on real events of his formative years
in South Africa. It was first accepted for publication by CoffeeHouse Publishers in
the United States, but they faded away before the book appeared in print. Finally,
after fruitless attempts at finding another conventional publisher, Don signed a
contract with BookBooters Inc. The book is now in the hands of a third publisher
-- Lulu and is listed on their Web Site with his second novel, 'The Devil and Manuel
de Salazar'. Both novels are also available from several 'on-line' booksellers in
all the usual formats and both are now in paperback as well.