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Interview with Reba Malloy

Here is the third character interview with the Malloy family, who have taken centre stage in Neighbours Series II – Keeping Up With the Neighbours. Meet Reba Malloy.

Reba Malloy

Q: I heard that you have a nickname. What is it?

A: Spitfire. My brother Zeb labelled me with that one. Nobody else calls me that, though.

Q: What’s behind it?

A: You know what they say about red heads. The fiery temperament to match the hair and all that… I just speak my mind, that’s all. I don’t see any point in beating around the bush, as they say.

Q: What is your relationship like with your other siblings? Do you get along?

A: I think we all get along pretty well. There are nine of us so there’s bound to be some fighting, but I’d say it’s generally pretty good. My sisters are all kind of bossy, but my brothers pretty much leave me be. Pip – he’s the youngest after me – and I have had a few ‘issues’, shall we say, but I won’t go into that now. One thing for sure – you mess with one of us you mess with all of us.

Q: Sounds ominous. Can you give me an example?

A: Well… I don’t want to be telling tales. Let’s just say, even if we don’t see eye to eye, we won’t put up with anything from an outsider.

Q: As the youngest girl, do you think you got spoiled by your older brothers?

A: No.

Q: That’s not the impression I got when talking to them.

A: Then they’re out to lunch.

Q: What made you decide to move to Calgary?

A: I don’t know. I just got bored at home. That and I was tired of my Ma telling me what to do, or one of my older sisters. I think I was just ready for an adventure. When I heard Bo was heading west for Christmas I decided to tag along.

Q: What are your ambitions in life?

A: I’m not really sure. When I was really little I used to want to get married and have babies, but all three of my sisters done that and it looks kind of boring. Maybe someday, but I’m definitely not ready to settle down just yet. I guess I just want to get a good job and have fun.

Q: What do you do for a living?

A: Right now I’m apprenticing at a hair salon. Gemini’s. It’s run by twin sisters, Andrea and Angela Carravagio. They’ve been really good to me and are teaching me a lot. I took a course in high school, too, so it’s come in handy.

Q: Is that what you want to do with your life? Be a hairdresser?

A: Not particularly. It’s alright, but like I said, I just wanna have fun.

Q: And it sounds like you are. I hear you can party with the best of them. Is that true?

A: I can hold my own. Just cause I’m a female doesn’t mean I can’t hold my liquor or keep up with the men. I probably shoot a better game of pool than most, too.

Q: How’s your love life? Anyone special you’d like to tell us about?

A: That’s a bit touchy for me right now. I’ve been through a few break ups. I do have a crush on this one guy in particular, but I’m still working on it.

Q: Are you going to tell us his name?

A: No! What if he reads this and then thinks I’m acting like a dumb teenager or something? I am twenty-four, you know, not some little kid.

Q: I understand. I may have interviewed him previously, if it’s who I’m thinking it is.

A: Now you’ve gone and told. Thanks a lot, you –

Q: Keep in mind that this is a family friendly blog and I won’t stand for any swearing or name-calling.

A: Hmph. Too bad. I’ve got a few choice names I can think of right now.

Q: I’ll just bet. Anyway, thanks for joining me today. And good luck with everything.

A: Thanks, I guess. I’ll probably need it.

Vol 1 – Neighbourhood Tangle – JED

Vol 2 – Neighbourhood Watch – BO

Vol 3 – Neighbourhood Rebel – REBA

Vol 4 – Neighbourhood Upstart – PIP

Vol 5 – Neighbourhood Freedom – WILL

Vol 6 – Neighbourhood Cupid – ZEB

Vol 7 – Neighbourhood Wrap 



Interview with Jed Malloy

jed malloy w borderQ: Hello Jed. You’re from Newfoundland, correct?
A: That’s right, sis. I originally comes from the rock.

Q: What brought you all the way across the country to Alberta?
A: Work, a course. ‘Alf of Newfoundland is out west, don’t ya know, includin’ me own brother Zeb.

Q: Where does he live?
A: Fort Mac – or little Newfoundland, as they say. Thinkin’ about movin’ in with me, though, so ya better look out.

Q: Do you come from a large family?
A: I gots three sisters and five brothers. That’s nine of us in all.

Q: My goodness.
A: That’s small by Newfie standards!

Q: I see. What do you do for work?
A: As little as possible! (That was a joke. Don’t look so worried, b’y!) I works for Titan construction. We’re buildin’ an ‘igh rise downtown.

Q: What do you do for fun?
A: That’s easy. I likes to play pool down at that Urban Cowboy. My buddy Lester is gonna enter in one of them bull ridin’ tournaments down there on that mechanical bull they gots. Should be good for a laugh.

Q: I imagine you also enjoy the odd beer with your pool?
A: Ya gots that right, b’y! I’m always in the mood for a cold one!

Q: Do you plan to stay in Calgary or do you hope to move home to Newfoundland someday?
A: That’s a tough one, it is. I been here four years already, and I like it alright, but I do miss the ocean. If some more of me family members moved out west I’d consider stayin’ put.

Q; What about a girlfriend? Would that convince you to stay?
A: A girlfriend? Now if that don’t beat all! Ain’t no woman gonna get her clutches into me and tie me down. Lard thunderin’… no b’y. Not happenin’.

Well, it seems Jed has his mind made up. See what other shenanigans Jed gets into. He appears throughout the series, but has a special surprise in THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD.

Interview with Steve Russell

steve new w borderQ; What do you do for a living?
A: I’m a journalist. I write a column in one of the daily papers.

Q: You make news of other people’s misfortune, is that it?
A: I wouldn’t put it that way. I just try to tell it like it is, and if a local politician, for instance, is doing something he or she shouldn’t be, then I don’t mind alerting the public.

Q: I also heard you may be working on a fairly controversial story – one that could upset a lot of people if the allegations are true.
A: Obviously, I can’t comment on that right now.

Q: Can you at least tell us who is involved? I heard rumours of a local government official, an oil company, and even a construction firm.
A: Afraid not. That would be a breech of trust between myself and my source.

Q: You’re not giving me much, here, are you?
A: It’s the best I can do.

Q: How about your personal life? Is there anyone special?
A: Maybe. What makes you think I’ll tell you anything about my personal life?

Q: I’m the one asking the questions.
A: Sorry. Force of habit.

Q: So?
A: Actually there is someone. Her name is Tamara Spence, but don’t tell her I mentioned her name in this interview or she might freak out. She’s kind of skittish, and I’ve had a hard time convincing her to even talk to me, let alone date me.

Q: My lips are sealed.
A: Then why do I see our picture together at the top of the page?

Trouble is brewing in the neighbourhood – with a capital ‘D’ for danger, and Steve finds himself in the middle of it in SKELETONS IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD.


Interview with Cory Roberts

Cory Roberts w borderQ: Excuse me for saying so, but you don’t look like the typical owner of a country pub.
A: That’s why you should never judge a book by its cover.

Q: What ever made you decide to start a business like the Urban Cowboy?
A: I like a challenge. It was already established but the place had gone downhill. I decided I could capitalize on the retro feel and make something out of it.

Q: You have a business partner, I take it?
A: You would have to ask that question, wouldn’t you? Yes. My father is my business partner. He’s got the cash and I have the charisma.

Q: Funny you should say that. I was just going to ask you about your reputation as a ladies man.
A: What about it? The ladies know a fine specimen when they see one.

Q: I see. What else do you do, besides run a bar?
A: I am actually a DJ. Not the kind where you play other people’s music, but where you create original, electronic music. Beats, mash-ups, scratching. You know.

Q: I don’t have a clue what you’re talking about.
A: Remixing; making it danceable…? Oh, never mind.

Q: I also heard that you, Steve Russell, and Sherman Chan are friends as far back as grade school. Is that correct?
A: We used to call ourselves the three musketeers until we got older and then we switched to the United Nations. Get it? United Nations…?

Q: I think so. You’re African American, Sherman is Chinese, and Steve is white. 
A: You’re not as dumb as you look.

Q: Thanks. Well, I think that’s it. Anything else you’d like to mention before we call it quits?
A: Tell all your friends to come down to the Urban Cowboy. We’ve got this sweet old mechanical bull for people to ride and some really great food, too.

See what else is brewing in Volume 6 – NAVIGATING THE NEIGHBOURHOOD.

Interview with Sherman Chan

Portrait of a pensive asian man sitting in office, with his colleagues in background

Q: We already met your sister Sherri in a previous interview. As twins, I take it you two are close.
A: I would say so, yes. All the ‘knowing what the other person is going to say before they say it’ and such.

Q: Is that true? Can you read each other’s minds?
A: I was just fooling with you, although sometimes it feels like it. We have no other siblings so I think that also adds to it.

Q: Your sister mentioned that your family has had high expectations for you both. What is your take on that?
A: It’s true. My parents worked very hard so that we could get a good education – good paying jobs. Sherri is a Math Professor and I’m an architect, so I guess they succeeded in their goal.

Q: And are you happy?
A: That’s quite a question! Of course I’m happy. I love my career.

Q: But?
A: I’m not sure where you’re going with this line of questioning. I did move back to Calgary after a time living in Toronto. I wanted to be closer to my family and I was already working on a project out here so it made sense.

Q: Is that the only reason you moved back?
A: If you’re asking if there is someone special, then the answer is yes. Her name is Carmen Lamont and she owns a cafe downtown.

Q: How do you think your family will respond to you dating Carmen?
A: My parents are very traditional, so of course they want me to find and marry a nice Chinese girl. I won’t disrespect them by assuming they will react badly to the fact that Carmen is not Chinese. We will just have to cross that bridge when we come to it – if indeed I get the chance, that is.

Thanks for taking the time out of your busy life to talk to us Sherman.

See what happens when Sherman moves home in BACK IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD.

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