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Monday, August 8, 2011

Interview with Jon Skovron, Author of Misfit

(August 1, 2011)

Jael Thompson has never really fit in. She’s changed schools too many times to count. The only family she’s ever known is her father, a bitter ex-priest who never lets her date and insists she attend the strictest Catholic school in Seattle. And her mother—well, she was a five thousand year old demon. That doesn’t exactly help.
But on her sixteenth birthday, her father gives her a present that brings about some unexpected changes. Some of the changes, like strange and wonderful powers and the cute skater boy with a knack for science, are awesome. But others, like the homicidal demon seeking revenge on her family? Not so much.
Steeped in mythology, this is an epic tale of a heroine who balances old world with new, science with magic, and the terrifying depths of the underworld with the ordinary halls of high school.

Jon Skovron has never really fit in, and has no plans to start now. After twelve years of Catholic school, he went on to study acting at a conservatory program for four years before returning to his first love,writing. His second novel, Misfit, will be published in August, 2011 by Amulet Books. Official Website

1.Jael Thompson is no ordinary Catholic school girl, just trying to fit in with the other students. With her unique capabilities, what do you think the hardest aspect of her newfound abilities would be, and conversely, is there any really great perk to being half-demon?

I would count near invulnerability and throwing fireballs as some of the perks. The biggest drawback is probably that everyone hates you.

2.What did you love most about bringing Jael’s character to life in Misfit?

I've never felt so comfortable, so sure of someone as I do Jael. I'll follow her wherever she leads. I trust her implicitly.

3.What were you like as a teen and what do you think your teenage self would say if he was to read Misfit?

I was part rocker, part bookworm, part tech geek, part theater dork: i.e., I didn't fit in anywhere. I would have totally related to Jael.

4. Was there a specific line of dialogue or special moment that is your particular favorite?

"The world is like a giant toolshed filled with babies who don’t know how to use the tools, and don’t even realize that the tools are anything other than something to stick in their mouths."

5. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given as an author?

“Paint what you like and die happy” - Henry Miller.

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Denise Z said...

Thank you so much for the interview today. I look forward to following the tour. The whole premise of this book draws me in. Who has not felt like a misfit in their life - very few indeed :)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

OMG Love the quote from 4!

And love his answer to 3.