Interview with Sands Hetherington ‘Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare’


Q:  Please share you bio with us and anything else you would like readers to know.

A:  I was born in New York City in 1939 and moved to Greensboro, NC, two years later.  Except for schools and some months in California, I never left.  I didn’t finish tenth grade, but got into our state university by the back door. I have two advanced degrees, two children, and two Saint Bernards.

Q: Can you share some writing experiences with us?

A: Gosh, I wish I could, but do you really want to hear about the old chaise and the green clipboard I use? And the Cross ballpoint pen?

Q: Tell us briefly about your book and what you feel is the most important topic/sub-message you share.

A: ‘Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare’ is about a city kid named John who isn’t ready to go to bed yet, and a bright-red crocodile named Crosley who shows up to rescue him and sneak him out on an adventure. The part I like best is the reason Crosley is red. He is red because he is allergic to water. In a roundabout way, that is.  If he gets wet, he has to do the Black Bottom dance for hours and hours. Unless he takes his antidote pills.  The pills stop the Black Bottoming, but (yeah, you got it!) they turn him red.

Q: What comes easily to you and what do you find more difficult?

A: I have some facility for dialogue and dialect. I probably should have gone into playwriting. I struggle more setting scenes. Titles are easy. You just have to finish the things first to see what you have.

Q: Please describe to us your relationship between you and your editor. What makes an author/editor relationship a success?

A: My editor is very competent and usually correct. (She isn’t correct when we squabble over my freewheeling punctuation.) She keeps a lid on my flights of dialect and has made any number of detail textual improvements. 

Q: What inspired you to write?

A: It was tenth grade. I handed in a sappy poetical piece in English class and this very cute student teacher gushed over it. Her name was Ellen and she was spoken for, but that did it for me right there.

Q: Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? If yes, how did you ‘cure’ it?

A: Not full-blown “writer’s block” where you sit there and stare at the paper and nothing comes for days. But I’ve gotten into plenty of plot situations that I didn’t  know how to squirm out of, and I’ve come to places and just not known what to say next. When this happened to Dickens, he took late night walks around London. I do think walking helps.

Q: Have you had any training to become a writer?

A: I have an M.A. in English and an M.F.A. in creative writing. That, and I’ve been around for a lot of years.

Q: Is there anything you’d go back and do differently now that you have been published, in regards to your writing career?

A: Get there sooner.

Q: How do you see the future of book publishing, both traditional, electronic, and print on demand?

A: Sorry, I have no idea. I’m just a storyteller.

Q: What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?

A: I try to do what Hemingway suggested. He said stop for the day at a place it will be easy to start from the next day. Then the next day read over what’s already there so everything will be a piece.

Q: Do you have any book signings, tours, or special events planned to promote your book that readers might be interested in attending? If so, when and where?

A: These are in the works. The book only came out June 1st.


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Night Buddies Website



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