I’m so happy to have JonnySkov on the blog today! Jon is celebrating the release of his debut novel, STRUTS AND FRETS. I managed to snag an ARC at the SIBA meeting last month, and practically devoured this book. So, so, funny, but heartwarming and genuine at the same time (as heartwarming as teen guy musicians can be, obviously). This book deals with a range of emotions, and I definitely have a new appreciation for indie artists.
You know the routine. . . .
About Struts & Frets
More than anything, Sammy wants to play guitar in a famous indie rock band. The problem is that his front man is a jerk who can't sing, his bassist is a burn-out who can't remember the songs, and his drummer is just out to lunch. But Sammy needs this band because it's the only good thing he's got going. His father skipped out before he was born, his mother is an overworked therapist with a drinking problem, his grandfather is slowly losing his mind to Alzheimer's, and the girl of his dreams is dating his jerk lead singer.
Now that jerk lead singer has entered them in a Battle of the Bands contest to win free studio time and guaranteed radio play. Sammy has two weeks to get them to sound like a real band, or face public humiliation in front of the entire local indie music scene.
About Jon Skovron
Jon Skovron is an insatiable music geek who can play eight instruments, but none of them well. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, has lived all over the US, and now resides with his wife and two sons in Washington, DC. His short stories and reviews have appeared in publications like Jim Baen's Universe and Internet Review of Science Fiction. Struts and Frets is his first novel.
On to the Interview!
Me: Without giving away too many spoilers, what is your favorite part of the novel/what was the part you had the most fun writing?
Jon: Definitely the goofy dialogue between Sammy and his friends when they're just hanging out. I was cracking myself up when I was writing it.
Me: They had me cracking up, too. It’s always cool to get inside the head of teen guys. Scary, but cool. What kind of writing projects are you currently working on? Or, if you aren't working on anything new, is there a different demographic/genre you wouldn't mind tackling in the future?
Jon: I am working on something completely different from Struts & Frets. Still Young Adult, hopefully still a nice balance of light and dark. But the next one is urban fantasy, which is actually my favorite genre.
Me: Who is your writing hero and why?
Jon: Wow, there are so many great people to choose from...definitely one of the big ones for me is Cory Doctorow, not just because he writes great books, but also because he is such a great model of how to make fiction relevant in the 21st Century. I turned into a big fanboy puddle when he told me that he liked Struts & Frets and planned to post a review on BoingBoing.net.
Readers . . . You can visit Jon at his home on the web: http://jonnyskov.com/
And . . . STRUTS AND FRETS is officially on sale. You can buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Struts-Frets-Jon-Skovron/dp/0810941740
Jon will be chatting with Jenny tomorrow at: http://jenny-moss.livejournal.com/
Thank you so much for stopping by, Jonny!