Today, Geoff Herbach is here with an author interview courtesy of the Teen Book Scene blog tour for his book, Stupid Fast. Thank you for being here Geoff! You can follow along with the tour here, or by clicking through the banner. Enjoy!
If you were faced with the same situations that Felton is faced with, what would you do? Would you have done anything differently?
I definitely would have done some stuff differently (knowing what I know now – as a teenager, probably not). I would have gotten help, fast. It’s hard to know how bad things actually are while they’re happening. I think people naturally want to cover up trouble, 1) Because they’re embarrassed and, 2) because they’re not exactly sure if the trouble is bad enough to warrant telling someone about it. Here’s what I’ve figured out: if you think there might be real trouble, you’re probably right. So, if my mom, or kid, or wife, or whatever, started acting weird and not getting out of bed, I’d start searching for help right away. I sort of had to see a lot of little blow ups over time to figure this out, though!
What songs, or books would Felton relate to? Does he have a theme song?
Felton claims to like some music, The Beatles and some punk stuff his dad liked and some rap, he’s not like Andrew who knows music that well. He really likes movie and TV theme songs. That said, Florence and the Machine’s “Dog Days are Over” kills him. He thinks its about Jerri, but also thinks its about him. It makes him tear off down the road. (I have pictured this.)
I think of Felton as having read a lot of Old School sort of fantasy stuff when he was younger (Chronicles of Narnia, Fellowship of the Rings, etc.). I think he would really relate to Looking for Alaska and King Dork. I don’t think he’s read much, though. Not like Andrew. Andrew has read everything. Felton watches more TV, which is one reason I think he’s more fragile than Andrew in some ways. One of the gifts of a book is that it gives you a deeper understanding of the world and that makes for stronger people, I think.
If you could meet a character from any book ever written, which character and book would you choose, and why?
I’d really like to hang out with Franny and Zooey, the two youngest members J.D. Salinger’s Glass family. They’re both very smart and sort of sad and extremely funny and they’ve dealt with tragedy (their older brother killed himself) but seem capable of overcoming the rough stuff, capable of figuring out what’s important in life. I’d like to walk around 1950s New York smoking cigarettes with them (it wasn’t bad for you then – at least no one knew it, so that’d be nice!).
What would the front page headline of a newspaper say about you?
Author Herbach found dead in a dewy bush
I have really bad insomnia. I assume one night I’ll sleep walk out the window and land in a bush.
If you could be a tree, which would you be, and why?
Burr Oak. They’re giant, gnarly and tough and also really wicked beautiful. What’s not to like in a Burr Oak?
You are very welcome, Geoff! Thank you so much for being here and answering these questions. I'm hoping that newspaper headline never comes true!
Geoff can be found on his blog linked here.
Geoff has graciously provided Lost For Words with a copy of Stupid Fast for giveaway.
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