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Author Interview: Jon Skovron

Today I am interviewing Jon Skovron, author of the new fantasy novel, The Ranger of Marzanna, first book in The Goddess War trilogy.

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DJ: Hi Jon! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview! 

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Jon Skovron: Hi DJ! I live just outside Washington DC with my two teenagers and two cats. My first novel was published way back in 2009. It was a YA novel from Amulet called Struts & Frets. I went on to write three other YA novels before deciding to switch to writing “adult” novels. Well, not really deciding, I guess. I just started writing it and after about six chapters realized it was not YA. That ended up becoming Hope and Red, my debut adult fantasy novel, and the first book of the Empire of Storms trilogy from Orbit Books, which was completed back in I think 2017? Or thereabouts. My editor wanted me to release them nine months apart, so that whole period in my life is a little bit of a blur… 

DJ: What is The Ranger of Marzanna about?

Jon: The Ranger of Marzanna is set in a wintery fantasy landscape inspired largely by my ancestral Poland and Czarist Russia. It’s a land that was conquered two decades before by a vast empire. Those who tried to stop the empire from their conquest, the fabled and mysterious Rangers of Marzanna, were nearly exterminated in the aftermath. Only one elderly Ranger managed to escape the purge but he manages to pass on his mystical secrets to a young woman named Sonya. When Sonya’s father is murdered by the empire, she resolves not merely to get revenge, but to liberate her people from the empire. Unfortunately, her younger brother Sebastian, a profoundly gifted wizard, becomes enthralled by the charismatic imperial commander and decides to join the empire instead, setting the siblings on a collision course that gets very messy indeed.  Continue reading

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Author Interview: Jon Skovron


Today I am interviewing Jon Skovron, author of the new fantasy novel, Hope and Red, first book in the Empire of Storms trilogy.

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DJ: Hey Jon! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Jon Skovron: Sure! I’m a single father of two pre-teen boys. I live just outside Washington, DC, although I’m originally from Ohio. I studied at an intensive, four year theater conservatory rather than go to a regular college, which is why theater inevitably shows up in some form in just about every book I write. I’ve written four Young Adult novels before this, three of which were contemporary fantasy. So Hope and Red is my first foray into both “grown-up” books, and epic fantasy.

DJ: What is Hope and Red about?

JS: This is always such a tough one for me. Summing up something that took me more than a year to write in just a sentence. But I’ve been trying to whittle it down, and this is what I’ve got:

It’s about two people, Hope and Red, with very different backgrounds, who find common purpose against a group of cruel, science-magicians called biomancers.

But really what I want to say it that it’s my swashbuckling kung fu pirate gangster romance epic! Continue reading

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Book Review: Hope and Red (Empire of Storms #1) by Jon Skovron

Hope and Red (Empire of Storms #1) by Jon Skovron

Publisher: Orbit

Publication Date: June 30, 2016

Edition: ebook, 416 pages

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 3.5/5

A story of vengeance and love.
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