Actress shocked at ravages of war in darfur [sic] (Picture: Th보라카이 카지노e Sun)
As the war raged on and she watched her husband kill people with her hand, she felt sick to her stomach.
In her latest novel, A Kindred Spirit, published in May, she argues that the world’s wars are a consequence of people being made to feel guilty for their pasts and that their actions today have little to do with their experiences as children.
Ms Williams, 46, had written a book about her experience as an army sniper at Kosovo in the 1990s. The novel, co-written with her partner Robin Hall, tells of a soldier who shot a pregnant woman three times in the back before her unborn baby was killed because he had felt guilty about losing his wife.
A Kindred Spirit, a second novel based on her experiences, has sold more than 500,000 copies and went in the top 20 in last week’s Times bestseller list.
Miss Williams says she never thought about her future as a writer for more than ten years but believes writing about the war will have the same impact.
She told MailOnline: ‘One of the things that makes this work so good is not my personal experience but the history of war – the stories we tell ourselves and live. ‘I think a few young and impressionable girls will start to realize it’s OK to not fit in and live what is normal around you.
A Kindred Spirit, a sequel to her first book, has sold more than 500,000 copies and went in the top 20 in last week’s Times bestseller list
‘It will be as if you’ve been in there from an early age.
‘I think you will come to think it is right to be proud to have been born. It’s also very important for us to remember that life doesn’t end when it’s done with but when you have survived.’
She added: ‘One of the lessons we hope that people will come to take to heart is that even when things have happened to you, you are still alive.
‘I want young girls of today to understand that you can always do good in what you love, even when life has gotten tough.