Meet Ryder Windham

[ 5 ] February 11, 2009 |

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?
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?
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?
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?
My kitchen, but I do sometimes stray to used bookstores.

Kidoinfo: Where would you most like to live?
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?
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?
The tax benefits.

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

Kidoinfo: What superpower would you most like to have?
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?
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?
Finish writing those Star Wars books.

Category: books / stories, local ri area, meet a parent, movies + media

Anisa Raoof

about the author ()

Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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  1. elyse says:

    you have a name that one doesn’t forget. did you attend SMU (now UMASS/dartmouth, of course) in the 80s? if yes — hello — i think we had mutual friends. wusm djs, art majors, etc.

    my husband and 2 sons are HUGE star wars fans.

    warmest congrats on your success!

  2. calendar katharine says:

    Ryder’s books are the best–the man is a genius.

  3. Erin Goodman says:

    What a great interview!!! Thank you Katy and Ryder!

  4. Ryder Windham says:

    Hi, Elyse. Yes, we were at SMU at the same time. I hope all is well with you too!

    Katherine and Erin, Thank you for your generous comments.

  5. Kelly Bailey says:

    I was at SMU in the early 80’s as well (a design/photo major)…..wasn’t your dad a teacher there too?? I have not read your books, but my son is a great Star Wars Fan, so we’ll probably look in to them!!

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