Exclusive Interview with Crenwinkle!

How was it growing up with Crosley as a brother? Brother Crosley and I were always different.  I'm not referring to our colors.  His redness happened later as a side effect of the Black Bottom pills. Our personalities are what really differentiate us.  Crosley is zany and free-wheeling and I'm...

Happy Holidays from the Night Buddies!

We over here at the Night Buddies Headquarters are absolutely crazy about the holiday season! Holiday treats, time with family, and of course, gift exchanges are some of the things we love the most. So we wanted to sit down with the stars of the series and ask what item...

Crosley’s Very Own, One-of-a-Kind Cheese Wulger Recipe!

Hey Night Buddies! Crosley here! An' have I ever got somethin' for YOU! Namely, the genuine warranted recipe for Crosley's Super Fantastical Cheese Wulgers. (Wulgers bein' a crocodile word for somethin' that's been wulged, okay?) They're nothin' next t' pineapple cheesecakes in my personal estimation, but it appears a whole...

Our First Night Buddies Go Sky High Review!

For those of you who have been following this blog regularly, you know that we over here at the Night Buddies Headquarters are gearing up for the release of Night Buddies Go Sky High, the third book in the Night Buddies series! If you haven’t seen the cover yet, here...

What are the Night Buddies Thankful For?

This holiday season we sat down with the characters of the Night Buddies series and figured out what they were thankful for this year. Here’s what they said: Crosley: I’m thankful that me an’ John get to go out on more and more Programs together an’ that we can make...

John and Crosley: The Makings of a Dynamic Literary Friendship

Crosley picked out John to be his Night Buddy, for starters.  There must have been a lot of reasons, but the only one Crosley mentions is middle names.  Crosley doesn't have one, and neither does John, so they have this in common.  Crosley thinks it makes you a little sharper,...

The Original Mad Hatter?

My son John, who doubles as narrator in the Night Buddies series, is the namesake of our colorful ancestor, John Hetherington, a haberdasher of the Strand in London. Old John is my four-times great-grandfather, and may well have been the prototype for Lewis Carroll's Mad Hatter. Surely Mr. Carroll knew...

Crosley’s Black Bottom Dance

I've heard that the Black Bottom started in Atlanta, in New Orleans, and in Jacksonville, Florida, in the first decade of the 20th century. It became well known by semi-rural blacks across the south then, and by the 1920s, it found its way up to Harlem where it was featured...

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Night Buddies Go Sky High!

We over here at the Night Buddies Amalgamated have some exciting news for you! The third Night Buddies book, Night Buddies Go Sky High, is going to be released early next year! We will provide you with an exact release date soon, but for now we are officially revealing the cover. As...

See You at the North Carolina Writer’s Network Fall Conference!

Fall is here and with it another round of the North Carolina Writer's Network Fall Conference. The Conference offers a chance for writers of all skill levels and stages of development to network, hone their craft, and develop the marketing skills to take their writing to the next level. I...

“Wise Words for Writing Dialect” by Ol’ Sands

It goes without saying that you need to be very familiar with any dialect to capture it on paper. You need to be able to speak it yourself and “hear it inside your head” while writing it down. You need some innate talent, a natural “good ear,” in the same...

A Single Dad’s Memoir

It was a terrible shock when my ex-wife first told me that she was going to be moving away and taking our son John with her. I did everything I could to talk her out of leaving, especially since this was at a time when mothers were usually always granted...

Understanding the Iguana Gang

If you’ve read the Night Buddies books, you know that the iguana gang stirs up all sorts of trouble for John and Crosley. They are a greedy, manipulative, and evil gang—all the things that Night Buddies are not. But maybe we are just misunderstanding the iguanas because we don’t know...

Make Your Very Own Whatchamacallit!

Whatchamacallit: A small object having a special power and suitable for hanging on Crosley’s belt. If you’ve read the Night Buddies series, you would already know this definition. Crosley’s whatchamacallits are some of the most important things he and John need to be able to make it through their Programs....

Drawing Inspiration: Why Favorite Quotes Are Important for Authors

An author’s favorite writers can often say quite a bit about where they draw inspiration for their own novels from. For instance, the Night Buddies books are full of imaginative descriptions and witty dialogue, which could be why one of Ol’ Sands' favorite quotes comes from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures...

What Makes Good Children’s Fiction?

Writing a book that children will fall in love with at a young age is an important goal for many reasons, the most important of which is that one good book can turn a child into a reader for life. Do you remember your favorite book as a kid? Ol’...

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