Friday, October 29, 2010
Outlaw boots, pair #4: Jon Skovron
In this month's installment of Outlaw Boots, we have classic outlaws: rock and roll heroes in the forms of Jon Skovron and Sammy, Jon's protagonist of STRUTS AND FRETS. If you are a music-is-my-soul kind of human, you must read STRUTS AND FRETS. Music is the thing that gets Sammy through--and through a lot. His grandfather is sick (my favorite parts of the book involve his grandfather), his best friend (Jen5, love that name) is maybe more than that, and, well, there's his band. Sammy is someone you will understand. And don't you love the title? Rock and roll and Shakespeare, all rolled up.
Here's the book.
And look next fall for MISFIT, Jon's second novel, with an even more significant badass outlaw. The one-sentence summary of MISFIT: "A half-demon girl in Catholic school must keep her parentage a secret as she learns to control her emerging abilities and protect those she loves from the forces of Hell." Can't get much more badass than that, now can you?
Without further ado, here's why Jon is an outlaw (and dig those black Doc Martens! Classic!):
--Who's your most outlaw character (in any book)--why?
Jael Thompson from my forthcoming book MISFIT. Because being a demon in Catholic school makes you an outlaw automatically.
--Are you an outlaw too? How do you know?
Not on purpose. It's just that there are so many rules that get in the way...
--What kind of shoes does your outlaw wear (you or your character--maybe outlaw boots?)?
A classic: black Doc Martin boots.
--Pirate, ninja, nerd, other outlaw title for you/your character:
--Best thing about being an outlaw:
Life is never dull.
--Favorite outlaw/badass food:
A New York slice, folded in half, eaten while walking.
--Favorite outlaw/badass role model/why:
It's a toss-up between Henry Miller and Oscar Wilde...Two very different guys, but they both stayed true to their creative spirit and boldly faced the consequences.
Go, friends--have a rock and roll break with STRUTS AND FRETS. You won't regret it.