Friday, December 4, 2009

Guest Nose Jon Skovron

I'm married to an indie music-lover & last summer my daughter spent her babysitting money on an electric guitar, so it's my pleasure to welcome Jon Skovron, debut author of Struts & Frets this week. I can't wait to read this book!

Here's what Jon says about how appearances factor into his story:

One of the main characters in the story is a guy named Joe who puts forth that extra special effort to let you know that he is super bad ass. Piercings, tattoos, chains, spikes, steel-toed boots. He wants it make it absolutely clear that he is HARD CORE!

Another character is Rick. He is dead set on disproving every fashion stereotype about gay men. He is the shabbiest, scruffiest, and sometimes the smelliest dude in his group of friends.

A third character, Jen5, enjoys creating a sense of what she thinks of as label dissonance. She takes aspects of different looks or labels, like "skater chick" or "art chick", or "geek chick", and mashes them all together.

Teens experiment with identity so much and clothing is a huge part of that. It isn't shallow. What you wear really does change how you behave. Ask any actor.

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. Buy the book on Amazon or Indiebound.

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. To read more about Jon: http://jonnyskov.com


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