I'm a writer who captures the pulse of adolescent confusion in my Young Adult fiction, Sliding on the Edge and The Princess of Las Pulgas. Of course, I often reveal a lot of my Old Adult confusion while doing that. My first Middle Grade fantasy titled Alligators Overhead went out to good reviews, so I wrote a sequel. I swore that would never happen. So much for swearing. Evernight Teen is publishing my next Young Adult novel called Sudden Secrets.
Thanks for the visit, Jon. Tell us about Struts and 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.
Can you give us some inside tidbits about the real Jon Skovron? Like, of all your favorite books, which one do you wish you had written?
This one might shock you a bit, Lee: Vanity Fair by William Thackeray. I don't know if I believe in past lives, but I definitely feel a very intense connection to Thackeray's work unlike any other author I've ever read. What's weird is that, stylistically speaking, we're nothing alike as writers.
You don't surprise me, Jon. You are unique, so your tastes must be as well. You make me want to take another look at Thackeray. Now I'm expecting another unique reply to this question. What fictional character do you wish you could be?
Heh, other side of the coin...Morpheus from Neil Gaiman's The Sandman. He might just be the coolest character ever written.
Unique and interesting. So, after chocolate what do you eat to make the writer-block pain go away?
I don't like chocolate and I don't believe in writer's block. Usually if I'm feeling blocked, it's because I should take a break from writing and fill the creative well. That's when I go on movie-watching or graphic novel-reading marathons.
Great answers that let your fans have some insights into the author of this super book which is now available at AMAZON and Barnes & Nobel.