Without further ado here is the character interview conducted by the lovely author of this book, Kimberly G. Giarratano and one Danny Obregon!
Interview with Danny Obregon
Thanks, Danny for agreeing to this interview. First, I want to say how sorry I am that you died. I was really looking forward to new music by your band, T-Mex.
I appreciate that. I’m bummed that I’m dead too, but whatcha gonna do?
So how does it feel having all these 2014 girls crushing on your 1996 self?
I’m not gonna lie – it feels pretty flattering. But I only have eyes for my girl, Lainey. If you meet a person who shares your love for the same bands, you hold onto that person with all your might and then take them to a concert.
Aw, that’s sweet. Speaking of, if you could take Lainey to see any band in the world, what would it be?
Only one band?! Can’t it be a Woodstock or a Palooza of some kind so we can see lots of bands?
(shakes head) Nope. One band.
Okay, well then, if I could only take Lainey to one concert, it would have to be to see The Afghan Whigs. We fell in love over that band. It’s our band. They’re so dope. Have you heard of them?
They’re my favorite band too. Did you know they’re on tour this year?
Are you kidding? They’re amazing live. You’re going right?
Sadly, no. I have kids.
Kinda. Switching gears a little, you were born in Mexico. Can you tell readers a little more about your upbringing and what brought you to the States?
Sí, claro. I was born in a small town outside of Guadalajara. When I was seven, my father died in a fire in the factory where he worked. My mom had no way of making money until a cousin in New York offered her a job cleaning apartments. So we left and moved to Queens. My Tío Javier still lives in Mexico. I miss him terribly.
That must’ve been tough.
It was. We had left the only country we had ever known. I didn’t speak English. School was difficult at first, but luckily I had a really excellent ESL teacher. I learned English quickly.
What then brought you and your mom to Ash?
My mom didn’t want me going to junior high in the city so she had been looking for jobs in the suburbs. She had seen an ad in the classifieds for a cook at some roadhouse off the interstate, somewhere in the woods. (laughs) I remember the ad said, “Must be able to cook burgers. Call Arthur.” It just had the address. My mom wasn’t sure if this Arthur dude was legit or not so she drove us out to the roadhouse to check him out. We pretended we were just customers. She even ordered a hamburger, which Arthur had made himself. (laughs) It was a hockey puck. Without saying a word, my mom threw down her napkin and went into the kitchen. She showed Arthur how to make a proper burger and then she sent him to the supermarket for ingredients to make taquitos. Arthur hired her on the spot and we moved into the yellow cottage on his property that weekend.
Was moving again to another state difficult?
Nah, I really liked Ash. It was quiet. And I had met Lainey. Nutley and I became best friends right away. His parents always treated me like their second kid. Plus, Arthur was kindest man. He made my mom and I feel like we were home the minute we moved in.
What’s the thing you miss most about being alive?
Besides my mom, Lainey, my friends and taquitos?
Rockin out with my band. I miss my bros.
I’m certain they miss you. Thanks for agreeing to this interview.
Also check out my review of this book here!
Thanks to Kimberly and Red Adept Publishing for giving me the chance to read this awesome book and be a part of this tour!
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