Born in Portland, Maine, William grew up Akron, Ohio.  At Kent State University, he was editor of the daily student newspaper the semester following the famed Kent State shootings as well as a campus correspondent for The New York Times.  He holds a B.A. and M. A. in journalism from Kent State, and an ABD in American Studies from Case Western Reserve University.  He worked as a reporter for the New Haven Register, business editor for the Daytona Beach News-Journal and editor of Halifax Magazine. He also held positions in advertising and public relations in Ohio, Connecticut and Florida, and has had multiple articles published in newspapers and magazines nationwide as well more than a dozen books.  He authors the popular blog, Religion and Religious History in Today’s World,  with more than 100,000 readers.  William is now retired from everything but writing and lives with his wife in Daytona Beach.