A guest post by Jane Watson
Hi, everyone! Jane Watson here. I am very excited today to be joined by one of the main characters of my Dudebro series, a YA Romantic Comedy series based on Shakespeare’s comedies, the Dudebro himself, Kurt Minola!
Kurt: “’Sup! Thanks for having me, Janey.”
Jane: “So, Kurt, why don’t you tell people a little about yourselves?”
Kurt: “Sure thing! Name’s Kurt Minola, I recently graduated from Vista High School in Santa Cruz, California. I love surfing, skateboarding, playing water polo, hanging out with my friends, and spending time with my girlfriend, Grizz.”
Jane: “You and Grizz just started dating recently, is that right?”
Kurt: “Yep! We’ve been going out for a few weeks. We started chillin’ at the beginning of summer, and I realized how crazy I was for her.”
Jane: “How sweet! How’s it been going so far?”
Kurt: “Dude, it’s going great! Grizz is so awesome. We’ve been having a lot of fun. Surfing together, grabbing dinner, going to the Boardwalk… I’m stoked that we won’t have to be long-distance come fall. We’re both going to ASU!”
Jane: “That should be a lot of fun. I notice you’ve started calling her ‘Grizz’…”
Kurt: “Well, yeah, Laney, I mean, that is her preferred nickname. Got to respect my girl. Though she has been letting me get away with calling her Zelly and Rizzy recently. You’ve got to admit, they’re cute, they suit her.”
Jane: “Right. Well, that’s very nice of you, Kurt. Why don’t you tell me more about what you and your friends have been up to this summer?”
Kurt: “My bro, Ben and I have started packing our stuff for college in a few weeks. He’s going to UCLA. We haven’t always been that close, but, we’re twins, you know? I’ll miss him. And he’s been pretty cool recently. Actually, he’s helping me with—uh, I better not say just yet.”
Jane: “I’m intrigued! What else has been going on this summer? Anything new?”
Kurt: “I’ve kept pretty busy! Catching waves, going to parties, but also working a lot. For summer break I got a job at the Merry Mule Coffee Roasters as the mascot, Flute the Mule.”
Jane: *chuckles* “Why don’t you tell us what that’s like?”
Kurt: “It’s a blast! I get to jam to some bumpin’ tunes and people seem to really dig it! Sometimes it makes little kids cry, though, which is too bad. I want to be their friend, you know?”
Jane: “Aww, that’s so sweet! Grizz works at the Merry Mule with you, right?”
Kurt: “Yeah, she’s one of the best baristas! When Obe, our manager, gets too swamped or the weather is too gnarly, I change hats and work the counter as a barista, too. Our co-workers are pretty cool, too. Well, except one Noah in street clothes, Dimitri.”
Kurt: “Men in gray suits. Dude. Sharks, Laney.”
Jane: “It’s actually Jane—you know what? Never mind. Anything else you’d like to share?”
Kurt: “Things at work have been a little insane. Obe has the Merry Mule signed up for a local fundraising event, Caffeine with a Dream, where coffee shops compete to raise the most money for a local charity of their choice. If you win, you get the funds doubled to go toward that charity. It’s been a crazy race with Phoenix Cafe. But it’s super important that we win, if we can. We’ve got to save All That Cat—”
Jane: “Wait can you back up for a second, Kurt? What’s this about ‘All That Cat’?”
Kurt: “Oh, it’s the local no-kill cat shelter. It’s a great place. They take in stray cats and give them medical treatments, vaccinations, spay and neutering, the whole deal before they adopt them out. They do a ton. It’s really great for the kitties, too. They aren’t stuck in tiny kennels. Instead they’ve got different rooms with scratching posts, beds, and toys, and they let people come in to play with the cat to see if they get along before they adopt them. That’s where my family got our cat, Marmalade. But they’ve started having financial difficulties since their landlord Is trying to raise their rent.”
Jane: “That’s awful! I hope that everything works out and you can help the shelter!”
Kurt: “Me, too! We’ve been kicking it into high gear, and Grizz has some great ideas, so I hope The Merry Mule can do it, they really need the money.”
Jane: “I hope so, too. Well, Kurt is there anything else you’d like to add before we wrap up the interview?”
Kurt: “Just wanted to say one thing’s for sure, this is going to be one unforgettable summer. Thanks for having me, this has been radical!”
You can read about the (mis)adventures of Kurt, Grizz, Ben, and Patricia in the first two Dudebro installments, THE TAMING OF THE DUDEBRO and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DUDEBRO. TO ERR IS DUDEBRO is coming soon!
The Taming of the Dudebro: Volume 1 is Available Now!
About the Author
A voracious reader, Jane Watson has always been a fan of romance, fantasy, adventure and especially happy endings. She received her degree in Art History from the University of Puget Sound where she met many un-tameable dudebros. When she is not writing, Jane works at a museum. She likes to spend her free time doting on her menagerie of pets, riding her bike, crafting, and obsessively shopping for purses. Learn more about Jane at her website.
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