5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Interview: Geoff Herbach

I don’t get a chance to read as much young adult literature as I’d like to, but one author that I make sure I read is Geoff Herbach. He writes books that I really wished would have been published back in the late 90s when I was a young adult.

Geoff has been kind enough to answer my interview questions today. Enjoy!

5,4,3,2,1 Interview

Here are the rules:

1. I give the interviewee 5 questions

2. They have to answer:

  • 1 question with 5 sentences

  • 1 question with 4 sentences

  • 1 question with 3 sentences

  • 1 question with 2 sentences

  • 1 question with 1 sentence

3.  They get to pick which question which question to answer with each number of sentences.

4. Have fun!



1. Can you tell us a little bit about the Fat Boy vs. The Cheerleaders?

Gabe, who is called Chunk, is addicted to Code Red Mountain Dew, which he buys from a pop machine in the school cafeteria. Proceeds from this machine fund his marching band, so he feels good about his addiction. Then, mysteriously, a new cheerleading dance team forms and suddenly summer marching camp is cancelled. Gabe figures out the pop machine proceeds have been clandestinely redistributed to the dance team. The once goofy Gabe goes to war. (Five sentences!)

2. What is your favorite thing about being a writer?  

I love visiting schools and talking books with kids. There’s so much humor and energy in schools. Makes me want to keep writing. (Three!)

3. What’s the hardest thing about being a writer?

The blank page. New projects stress me out! (Two!)

4. If you could spend one day inside the world of any book which book would you pick?

Have you ever read Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger? They come from a weird New York family back when New York wasn’t expensive. They have books all over the apartment. They read in the bath tub. (Four!)


5. What advice do you have for the young writers in my classroom?  


Write rough drafts fast then revel in the joy of revising a story you have learned, that you already know. (One!)

Thanks for hanging out, Geoff!


3 thoughts on “5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Interview: Geoff Herbach

  1. That was a really fun interview! Geoff, if you really want to have a fun school visit, come to Warner!! We are VERY fun! 🙂


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