November 30th, 2009


Today on the blog tour I'll be interviewing Jon Skovron, author of STRUTS & FRETS.

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.

Me: Hi, Jon. Welcome. Thanks for stopping by to chat! Tell us, what competes for your time and how do you manage to give writing the appropriate amount of time it requires?

Jon I work full time as a technical writer, and I also have a wife and two kids. So i don't have a lot of extra time. I swore of video games, and almost never watch TV. Other than that, I'm just really intense about my time management. Very much a follower of David Allen's Getting Things Done model. Also Merlin Mann.

Me What is your writing routine? Do you outline or write as you go? Do you fully sketch and develop your main character initially, or get to know him/her as you write?

Jon It starts all crazy and off the cuff for about the first half of the book. And I usually have a fair idea of where I want to end up. But then at some point in the middle, I get a little lost and need to sit down and figure things out, make some notecards or outlines and really get my head around what it is I'm trying to accomplish. Sometimes that changes things drastically. Sometimes it's just reassuring me that I'm on the right track.

Me What do you particularly love about the setting you portray in your book?

Jon Columbus, Ohio is where I grew up. It's the kind of place that doesn't have a lot of personality, but in a way that can be a good thing, because it's the kind of place that allows you to decide for yourself what you want it to be. It's surprisingly open minded for a mid-sized Midwestern town.

Me "lets you decide what you want it to be" - love that answer!! What actor or actress do you imagine playing your main character in a movie or T.V. version of your book?

Jon That's funny, because at one point when Sammy is fantasizing about how famous his band will be some day, he asks himself that same question. Eventually he decides that it should be some unknown actor who makes this his breakthrough role. I agree.

Me Agreed! thanks for stopping by, Jon and best of luck with your debut. I personally am really excited for STRUTS & FRETS because I think there's a real need for books for teenage guys and I just now my nephews are going to love this one! (bought for Christmas gifts, sssh! don't tell!)

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