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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 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.

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Antony John Ah, writer's block: as reliable as planes being late, or a bad night's sleep before a major exam. But THIS you can control. Honestly.

There are two…more
Ah, writer's block: as reliable as planes being late, or a bad night's sleep before a major exam. But THIS you can control. Honestly.

There are two approaches, as best I can tell. One is to KEEP WRITING. Seriously, just blast through the frustration like dynamite through rock. Eventually the rock will give way and you'll be able to continue writing good prose again. At least, that's the theory.

The problem for me is that I want writing to be ENJOYABLE. I really love my job, and I want to keep loving my job, and so the notion of feverishly pushing through a sort of literary "pain barrier" doesn't appeal to me at all. If you're the same way, I propose Option B: Back off.

Literally, step away from the desk / laptop / paper, and take a break. In the distant past, artists of all stripes used to take daily walks to clear the mind. They'd meet with friends for coffee, not to discuss their art, but to discuss all the other things filling their lives. In other words, they inherently seemed to understand that the human brain needs time to decompress, to switch off, to refuel.

Writer's block is most often an affliction that arises because the writer doesn't have a clear sense of what should happen next, or who the characters truly are, or where they are heading. It takes time and patience to uncover these mysteries, and we must give ourselves that time. Away from the work-in-progress, our brains will continue to mull over the idea and tinker with it, and this often leads to that "eureka" moment when everything miraculously falls into place. And when it does, we are ready to begin writing again . . . and enjoy it.

A caveat: Stepping away isn't an excuse to give up on a project. Set yourself a goal: "If I haven't had an idea in a week, I'll reread what I've got." Consider telling a friend your plans, so that they'll hold you accountable for returning to the project at a later date. Otherwise, you'll just end up with a bunch of unfinished projects, and those NEVER get published. (less)
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I read an excellent interview with Laini Taylor on this month's Goodreads Newsletter. Laini is one of my favorite authors, and her "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" trilogy is simply astonishing. So imagine my surprise (and delight) to discover that she goes through the same grind-it-out writing process as I do. I used to berate myself for over-editing as I go, but I've come to realize it's just wha...

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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.”
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“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.”
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“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”
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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!


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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


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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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