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Antony John

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Antony John was born in England and raised on a balanced diet of fish and chips, obscure British comedies, and ABBA's Greatest Hits. In a fit of teenage rebellion, he decided to pursue a career in classical music, culminating in a BA from Oxford University and a PhD from Duke University. Along the way, he worked as an ice cream seller on a freezing English beach, a tour guide in the Netherlands, a chauffeur in Switzerland, a barista in Seattle, and a university professor. Writing by night, he spends his days as a stay-at-home dad—the only job that allows him to wear his favorite pair of sweatpants all the time. He lives in St. Louis with his family.


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Antony John Great question. I'd say two things stand out:

First, I actually enjoy the planning and brainstorming part of writing to the "finishing." When an idea…more
Great question. I'd say two things stand out:

First, I actually enjoy the planning and brainstorming part of writing to the "finishing." When an idea is new, anything is possible. It's incredibly liberating. Of course, a lot of what I write early on is complete drivel, but it's that feeling of endless possibility that compels me to keep exploring.

Second, I LOVE getting to meet readers. More importantly, I love that these readers are teens. I don't think I'd be a good writer of books for adults because I don't get as excited about meeting them or talking to them. Meeting teens is energizing and inspiring :)(less)
Antony John There is indeed a scene on a TV set that features captioning. In particular, the Deaf character is relying on the captions to follow what's unfolding…moreThere is indeed a scene on a TV set that features captioning. In particular, the Deaf character is relying on the captions to follow what's unfolding on set. I think this is the only instance in the book.

No, there's no mention of captioning for live events in my book, though personally I have benefitted from outstanding captioning at some of my author events.

"Dumb" refers to the name of the rock band in the novel. Even in that context, however, the word could be construed as offensive. My hope is that this double-meaning will foster discussion among teens about the power of language and the need to guard against offensive and derogatory terms.

Thanks for the question!(less)
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“Don’t worry about wanting to change; start worrying when you don’t feel like changing anymore. And in the meantime, enjoy every version of yourself you ever meet, because not everybody who discovers their true identity likes what they find.”
Antony John, Five Flavors of Dumb

“He was depressed. He was addicted to heroin. And I think there comes a time when all the beauty in the world just isn’t enough.”
Antony John, Five Flavors of Dumb

“COOL·NESS [KOOL-NIS] -noun
CATCHING your mom gazing at the crazy crowd like she finally gets it
WATCHING your dad head-banging like he’s Finn’s twin brother
LEARNING that your new friends Tash and Kallie are a thousand times more complicated than you realized, and loving them for it
FEELING every one of your boyfriend’s pounding drumbeats, and thinking it’s the most romantic music ever written
REALIZING you’re completely unique . . . even in a crowd”
Antony John, Five Flavors of Dumb

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Antony John Amy wrote: "Thanks for the friendship, Antony. I'm super excited to meet you at the Less Than Three Conference in October. :)"

And thank YOU, Amy. Can't wait to meet you too!


message 9: by Amy

Amy Thanks for the friendship, Antony. I'm super excited to meet you at the Less Than Three Conference in October. :)


Antony John ♥iLoveBooks♥ wrote: "Thanks for adding me as a friend, Antony! I literally finished your book Five Flavors of Dumb today and LOVED it! :D"

And thank YOU for friending me! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed DUMB. Thanks for reading it. Hope you like the other books as much. (Sadly, there's no plan for a DUMB sequel, though - sorry about that.)


♥iDevourBooks♥ ☆Sonic~Obsessed☆ Thanks for adding me as a friend, Antony! I literally finished your book Five Flavors of Dumb today and LOVED it! :D


Antony John I'll let my publisher know you're interested in an ARC. Fingers crossed!


Antony John Thanks, Book Whales. I can't wait either! Hope you like it.


Book Whales We can't wait for this book to come out!!:D


message 3: by Amy

Amy You're very welcome! I probably will :)


Antony John Amy wrote: "Thank you so much for the add :). Five Flavors of Dumb has become one of my favorite books ever. I thank you kindly for creating such a story. :)"

And thank YOU for the add, Amy. I'm so pleased you enjoyed DUMB, and I appreciate you taking the time to read it. Hope you like my next novel too!


message 1: by Amy

Amy Thank you so much for the add :). Five Flavors of Dumb has become one of my favorite books ever. I thank you kindly for creating such a story. :)


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