From reader Lex, via my contact form:
I notice that your book features a male protagonist in a band in high school at a battle of the bands competition. Is there any female presence in the music scene in your book? I’m in college now, but I spent all 4 years of high school as a female guitar player (no, I don’t suck, either, just because I’m a girl) trying to put together a rock band, and getting treated like crap because of my gender. For this reason I am very interested to see if gender is equally represented, or at least ADDRESSED in your book, or if you’ve just got a bunch of stereotypical high school guys bumming around on their instruments and leaving the girls to be groupies.
This message troubled me. I don’t think the girls in Struts & Frets are weak. In fact, I would say Jen5 is the strongest, smartest, and most self-assured character in the book. But still. No female musicians? What was I thinking?!?
Well, I can’t be all things for all people, the story is done and there will be many more to come. I promise to you, Lex, that I will rectify this egregious error in a future work. In the mean time, here are some of my favorite smart chicks who are currently making noise today. These are not just pretty faces manufactured by the music industry. They are songwriters, musicians, and often producers of their own label. The next time some asshole guy tells you that you can’t be a guitarist because you’re a woman, I suggest you hand him an album from one of these amazing people. If he still doesn’t get it, then there is no hope for him and you don’t want to be in that band anyway.