Interview & Book Giveaway: Author Antony John – Five Flavors of Dumb

Welcome to Author Antony John!

I recently read, reviewed and LOVED the book Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John.  I’m thrilled that Antony agreed to do an interview and giveaway on my blog!

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.

– If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Future, definitely. My wife (an infectious diseases physician) says that going into the past is tantamount to suicide. Besides, I’d really like to see the twenty-eighth generation iPad.

– If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
1. My family
2. My laptop (with, conveniently, an inexplicable and free source of wifi)
3. Sunblock

– What is the last book you read?
I got hold of an ARC for WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Forman (the sequel to IF I STAY). What can I say? Gayle is a beautiful writer, and the book is great. There are definitely overtones of the movie “Before sunrise,” but that’s hardly a bad thing, right? And I read it in just two days, which is a sure sign that it’s compelling. A definite (and strong) recommend. (Oh, I should add that it doesn’t come out for another six months – sorry about that. But hey, you could win it if you visit my website!)

– When you were 12 years old what did you want to be when you grew up?
Easy: Film composer. I was obsessed by music and movies. And yes, I really do mean *obsessed*. In fact, I don’t think there was any doubt in my mind that that’s what I’d be. (Clearly I was a somewhat delusional pre-teen.)

– What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
By “favorite,” you really mean “favorites,” right? In which case: pralines and cream; pistachio; coffee . … actually, this list is about to get really long. I think I should stop right here.

– What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
I always start the day with a rather awesome combo of Trader Joe’s O’s mixed with a smattering of their Super Nutty Toffee Clusters. Yum!

– How many books do you read a week/month?
Okay, confession time: I am a SLOW reader. And I don’t mean, like, not very fast. I mean, jaw slackening slow. Positively glacial. Paint dries faster than I read, etc etc. All of which means that I’m lucky if I average a book every couple weeks. I LOVE reading YA, I really do, but every book is a big time commitment for me, so I have to be choosy. On the bright side, I’ve developed a knack for getting a lot out of every book I read, which is some consolation, I guess. (Aside from the sheer joy of reading, I mean.)

– If you could re-write the ending to a book written by someone else, what would it be?
MOCKINGJAY. And I’d rewrite the whole book. No offense to Suzanne Collins, but I was terribly disappointed by that novel. The first two are perilously close to genius–THE HUNGER GAMES is the literary equivalent of crack, you know?–but that finale . . .
Still, I’m sure that the Hollywood screenwriters entrusted with bringing the books to the big screen are already thinking up alternative endings. And theirs might be quite wonderful. Or far worse. We’ll see!

– What is your least favorite movie that came from a book?
THE GOLDEN COMPASS. How is it possible to take such exquisite source material and screw it up so badly? Even now, a part of me wants to believe that film couldn’t have been as bad as it was. And what was the director’s (Chris Weitz’s) punishment for butchering one of the greatest literary works of the last couple decades? He was promptly handed the reins to TWILIGHT: NEW MOON. Oh yeah, and then he massacred that as well. (Although, let’s be honest, the source material was, uh . . .somewhat different.)

– What do you do when you are in-between books?
Ever since I started writing about five years ago, I’ve never been between books. I’m always overlapping books. It’s a nice problem to have.

– Where is your favorite place to read/write?
To read: the couch in our sunroom.
To write: a local coffee shop. I swore I wouldn’t get proprietary about the table I usually write at, but now the baristas warn me if there’s someone at “my table.” It’s kind of cute.

Thanks for having me along today, Kathy, and a happy holiday season to all your readers!

To learn more about Antony & his books please visit his WEBSITE.

We’ll be hearing more from Antony in just over a week during Best I’ve Read 2010 where I’ll be featuring him & his book Five Flavors of Dumb as one of my favorite reads of 2010.

Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John:

THE CHALLENGE: Piper has one month to get a paying gig for Dumb—the hottest new rock band in school.

THE DEAL: If she does it, she’ll become manager of the band and get her share of the profits, which she desperately needs since her parents raided her college fund.

THE CATCH: Managing one egomaniacal pretty boy, one talentless piece of eye candy, one crush, one silent rocker, and one angry girl who is ready to beat her up. And doing it all when she’s deaf. With growing self-confidence, an unexpected romance, and a new understanding of her family’s decision to buy a cochlear implant for her deaf baby sister, Piper just may discover her own inner rock star.

Giveaway Details:
Antony is offering to send a copy of his book Five Flavors of Dumb to a follower of this blog.  Giveaway is open to those with a US or Canadian mailing address.  Giveaway is open until December 19, 2010.  To enter you must fill out the form below.

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