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