Today’s Kidoinfo Interviewer: Katy Killilea
Neighborhood: Summit Avenue area, East Side of Providence

dendur-1.jpgKidoinfo: How long have you lived in Rhode Island?
RW:
Most of my life. I moved to Little Compton when I was three. In the 1990s, I lived in the Pacific Northwest and Manhattan, but my wife and I moved back here when we were expecting our first daughter.

Kidoinfo: What is your current state of mind?
RW:
A bit overwhelmed. I’m a freelance writer, and I have to write two juvenile fiction Star Wars novels within six weeks. I know I can do it, but it’s lot of work.

Kidoinfo: Who’s in your family?
RW: My wife, Anne, and daughters Dorothy, 10, and Violet, 8. Also Teddy, a Cairn Terrier, who walks me regularly.

Kidoinfo: What trait do you most admire about your family?
RW:
Our own idiosyncratic lunacy.

Kidoinfo: What is your favorite thing to do?
RW: I really enjoy cooking for my family. I make dinner just about every night. They rarely complain, except for my wife, who actually enjoys going to restaurants more than once a year. Go figure.

Kidoinfo: Where is your favorite place to hang out?
RW:
My kitchen, but I do sometimes stray to used bookstores.

Kidoinfo: Where would you most like to live?
RW:
Someplace where it’s truly dark at night, without light pollution. I miss looking up at the night sky and seeing the Milky Way. I prefer astronomy without freezing weather, so Arizona is very tempting.

Kidoinfo: What do you like to do when you are not with your family?
RW:
I read. My favorite novelists are Donald Westlake and Ross Thomas. And I watch movies, mostly genre pictures. Suspense, science fiction, westerns, horror, etc.

Kidoinfo: What is the most overrated thing about parenthood?
RW:
The tax benefits.

Kidoinfo: What is your most treasured possession?
RW:
I cling to my sanity. And also a ventriloquist puppet who never talks. Seriously.

Kidoinfo: What superpower would you most like to have?
RW:
Let’s just say that people using cell phones while driving would be in big trouble.

Kidoinfo: Who is your favorite fictional mother or father?
RW:
Dianne Wiest as Peg in Edward Scissorhands, and Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Kidoinfo: What are you going to do now that you have answered these questions?
RW:
Finish writing those Star Wars books.