Antony John is the author of several novels, including “Five Flavors of Dumb” and the fantasy trilogy “Elemental.” A native of England, he graduated from Oxford University with a degree in music and received his Ph.D. from Duke University. He crisscrossed the country, living on both coasts, before settling in St. Louis with his family, where he writes full-time. Today he enjoys exploring the city’s neighborhoods, sampling Midwestern food, and watching Fredbird at Cardinals games. Sadly, he still can’t throw a pitch or bat a ball, but he has become very good at eating hot dogs. His new novel, “Mascot,” will be published by HarperCollins in September 2018.