Jon Skovron’s Character Debut Party

STRUTS & FRETS by Jon SkovronJon Skovron, alternately known as Jonny Skov, is one of only three men in the 2009 Debutantes. For more than a year, he’s endured the total estrogen overload with humor and grace… well, grace sounds kind of girly. I mean like a manly sort of grace. So I’m excited to share a little bit about STRUTS & FRETS, his newly released YA novel that was just selected for the Winter Children’s Indie Next List.

Fortunately for everyone involved, Skov does a much better job immersing you in the world of the book than I could! Check out his video from a recent reading at NYC’s Books of Wonder:


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.

Sammy’s 2009 Debut Party

There’s something about boys who play guitar that really gets me. As in, the “you had me at opening chords” kind of gets me. So let’s just hope that Sammy decides to play a few songs for his big debut!

The Guest List

Sammy, of course. And all of his buddies, Rick, TJ, Alex, Jen5, Laurie. I think he’d get along with Nick and Nora and their crew from the Infinite Playlist. I’m sure there are others, but he’s not really into big parties.

The Party

His band and a few other bands will play in a warehouse. There will be pizza and beer. And some of Jen5’s artwork hung up for display. No theme, really. Just good music and lots of laughs.

Seems like the boy debutantes are just not into party favors and themes! That would change if my mother was on the job, but in the mean time, pizza and beer and bands playing in a warehouse (what did I say about guitar boys? See!) sounds like a rockin’ time anyway.

The Guest of Honor: Sammy

Sammy is wearing Jeans and a t-shirt, with maybe an old button-up thrown over it. His theme song? Ooo, that’s a tough question. Maybe “Where Is My Mind” by The Pixies?

Jon’s Advice for Sammy on His Big Debut

Dude, don’t even sweat it. No pressure. Just do your thing.

Congratulations Jon and Sammy on their awesome debut! STRUTS & FRETS is available in book stores now, and also online through Indiebound and other Web retailers.

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. Visit him online.

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