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Meet Ryder Windham

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.

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  • 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!!

  • 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.

  • 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!