Thursday, July 16, 2009
Interview With Local Authors: Willem Ridder
How long have you lived in the Bay Area? Which parts?
Bay Area since 1974. The LA area from 1953 to 1964 when I was assigned to Europe by my employer Bank of America.
When did you get your first book published?
Book was published in 2007
What type of books do you write?
Related to history, primarily WWII
Why do you write?
Writing the book about my experience in Holland during Nazi occupation was a catharsis.
Our book club recently read Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose, what are your opinions on the chapters he wrote about Holland during the war?
I very clearly remember when the paratroopers of the 101st and 82d as well as the 2d British AB Division flew over our house on their way to the landing zones in the east of Holland. It is covered in my book as well with particular reference to Bernard Law Montgomery's part in the disaster. ( A Bridge Too Far)
How involved are you with the community?
Somewhat through Clayton Pioneer, wrote a few articles
What challenges have you faced as an author?
To write it at all and working on it diligently for 15 some odd years
Who were some your influences as a writer?
Maybe Stephen Ambrose
What types of books would you recommend for young readers?
Recommend history so as not to repeat it. My book Countdown to Freedom [for example]
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Stephen Ambrose, Leon Uris, Nevil Shute, Cornelius Ryan.
What are some of your favorite books?
All books by the above mentioned writers and more recently: The Count of Monte Christo
Do you have a website we can visit?
Facebook: Countdown to Freedom
Where can we find your books?
At Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and many other book stores (print on demand)