Hello everyone! Today on the Lantern, we have the pleasure of talking to YA author Antony John, author of Busted: Confessions of an Accidental Player, Thou Shalt Not Road Trip, Elemental and today, we'll be talking to him about his fabulous sophomore novel, Five Flavors of Dumb.
I'm glad you think so. To be honest, I felt sure that as long as music (in all its angsty glory) remained at the heart of the novel, then it would never descend into outright cheese. After all, who ever referred to Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix as cheesy?
I'm often asked if I'd consider writing for another audience. The simple answer is no. I'm still very connected to my teen self, and pretty much every idea I come up with is geared toward a YA audience. Not only that, but writing YA is incredibly gratifying. There's an opportunity to explore almost any subject and write in almost any style—which is very liberating for a writer—while at the same time keeping the focus on telling a story (something that seems to be forgotten in adult literature).
I vividly remember an acknowledgment in a Jonathan Safran Foer novel in which he thanked someone for always reminding him to "feel more." I think that's tremendously good advice. As long as we truly empathize with our characters, we're unlikely to simplify or marginalize their feelings. Interesting, three-dimensional characters are at the heart of good YA, and readers won't connect with a character that doesn't ring true.
Antony, thank you so much for talking to us today.
Everyone, you can contact Antony though Facebook, at: www.facebook.com/pages/Antony-John/124596187591570, or you can visit his website at www.antonyjohn.net
Five Flavors of Dumb is available on Amazon, both in the US and the UK.