I am super excited to spotlight Jon Skovron's STRUTS & FRETS this week. I met Jon when he came to New York in the summer, but before that we'd exchanged emails and discovered that we share similar views on some important issues. Jon's partner-in-crime also has her own very cool blog and everyone should totally go and check that out, too.
I am happy to call Jon a friend and thrilled that his novel is out making its way in the world. Here's a little bit about Jon and Struts & Frets, in his own words . . .
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.
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.
And here are Jon's answers to the Thorough Three . . .
NM: What is the age of your protagonist/s?
NM: What is the single, most important bit of advice you'd give to the You that was the same age as your protagonist/s?
JS: Lighten up a little! Oh, and FYI, the teased Robert Smith hair really doesn't look good on you, no matter what you think.
NM: Complete the following sentences:
Everyone should definitely, for sure _____________.
You should NEVER, EVER ___________. But if you absolutely must, make sure to ____________.
JS: Everyone should definitely, for sure make mistakes. Loud, glorious, committed mistakes.
You should NEVER, EVER drink the green beer on St. Patrick's Day. But if you absolutely must, make sure to have a bucket handy.
Thanks, Jon! For more information about Jon and his work, visit his website. To get your copy of Struts & Frets, go here.