Besides being the author of Five Flavors of Dumb, winner of the American Library Association’s Schneider Family Book Award, Antony is eminently qualified to talk about food. For starters, he shares a name with one of the hosts of Food Network Canada! Even better, he had a childhood chockfull of fish and chips and has worked as an ice cream seller and a barista. So, now that you’re convinced, let’s start the interview.
Obviously Pots & Pens readers are big fans of “flavor.” Antony, what inspired your novel Five Flavors of Dumb and what ingredients do you hope make it a tasty treat for readers?
As for what makes it a “tasty treat” . . . The “five flavors” in the title refer to the five members of the rock band, Dumb, and I think all of them (plus supporting characters) make the book worth reading. I really tried hard to make the characters three-dimensional in all their dysfunctional glory, and a lot of readers seem to appreciate this. Apart from that, it has some nice romance, plenty of drama, and a seriously cool narrator (even if I do say so myself!).
Your upcoming book is splendidly titled Thou Shalt Not Road Trip. Can you share a bit about this, as well as any thoughts you have about quintessential road trip foods?
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Antony John is the author of young adult novels Busted: Confessions of an Accidental Player and Five Flavors of Dumb (winner of the American Library Association’s Schneider Family Book Award). A native of England, he graduated from Oxford University with a degree in music, and received his Ph.D. from Duke University. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where he is a stay-at-home dad for his two kids and writes every chance he gets. His novels Thou Shalt Not Road Trip and Elemental are forthcoming from Dial/Penguin in 2012. Check out his website: www.antonyjohn.net.