Herbach is a Mess. I’ve had this blog for a long time. I mess around with stuff here. For a whole year, I wrote about trying to get into physical shape after years of eating cheese bombs and taco casseroles. I’m a body learner.  I need action.  I like to run.

If you’d like information about my YA books, go to geoffherbach.com. If you really need bio info for a school project right here, right now, check out below.


Hi. I’m Geoff.  I write books.  I have Young Adult work about the Reinstein brothers, Stupid Fast, Nothing Special, and the forthcoming I’m With Stupid —  from Sourcebooks Fire. I’ll have new YA titles in 2014 and 2015 that don’t have anything to do with Felton Reinstein. I also wrote the “adult” novel The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg from Three Rivers Press.

I teach creative writing at Minnesota State, Mankato.  There I focus on fiction and long story both in script and book form.  It’s a great program.  I love Mankato.

I used to write scripts for various performances. In the past I’ve written for Electric Arc Radio, Radio Happy Hour, Powderkeg Live and The Lit 6 Project.  I co-wrote the musical Don’t Crush Our Heart.  And I’m working with grad students right now to make a prompt-driven short story show called Tales from the Poor House, which is being broadcast on KMSU radio.

I’m represented by Jim McCarthy at Dystel and Goderich.

Other than that, I have two excellent kids, Leo and Mira and a very tall wife named Steph.


You can get some discussion questions for Stupid Fast here.

Before these recent, troubled and excellent times, several high school students here or there, read Stupid Fast and wrote papers on it and contacted me to ask questions and I liked the questions and had fun answering them.  Here are some of my answers.

1. Elizabeth, this is what I look like after I eat avocado and also tree nuts (not good).

2.  I was born in Dubuque, Iowa on the day before Halloween a long time ago (1969).  At the time, my father was visiting his mother in New York.  On his flight home, he announced my birth to the man in the seat next to him.  The man responded, “Really?  I lost my London Fog raincoat yesterday.”

3. I met my wife in a creative writing class.  My first response?  “Oh my God.  That woman is seriously tall.”  Later, I found that she is also funny and excellent and a great writer.

4. Steph and I have four kids between us: Leo (15), Mira (11), Christian (12), and Charlie (10).

5. I once had a cat named Gary.  He would hide under the dining room table, leap out when I passed, and bite my hamstring as if he were a lion taking down a water buffalo.  He escaped the house during a blizzard a few years ago and never returned.

6. I’m at Mankato State University because I love teaching.  Love it.  Also, income from writing is really variable and scary.  Plus, the summer before I applied for this job, I worked on a show in New York City, and I missed Steph and my kids so much, I knew I had to stay in Minnesota.  I got extremely lucky to land in Mankato the next spring.

7. My angry music reaches back to the 80s and 90s.  I really love The Pixies and Sonic Youth when I’m driving and getting mad at other drivers.  I guess if I had to name a band I love best, it would be Neutral Milk Hotel.  iTunes tells me I listen to them most, anyway.  If you haven’t listened to In the Aeroplane over the Sea, you should!

8. I did play football in high school. I tried for a moment in college, but my thoughts were already elsewhere by that time.  Really, I always wanted to be a writer or an artist or something.  College football took up too much time.  Also, I grew my hair very big, and it didn’t fit comfortably in a football helmet.

9. I was stuck in a cabin near Lake Superior a few years ago.  The only radio I could get was country.  I did get depressed.  Then I started liking a few of the songs, because they told whole stories.  I like stories.

10. Travel is getting better (it used to make me jumpy). I’ve been around Europe and South America. I really like traveling the U.S.  New Orleans and Austin, Texas are my favorite cities I’ve been to in the last year.

11.  Stupid Fast is part of a three book series.  The next, Nothing Special, is coming out in a couple of months.  Even if it Hurts is set to pop in May of 2013.  That writing takes a lot of time.  I’m also working on a series of writing videos for Figment.com and some other random junk.  Mostly books, though.

12. I’m very proud of my kids.  My son, for instance, plays piano like my old cat Gary on fire (screaming).  Their accomplishments and humor make me very, very happy.

13. My favorite TV show is a tough one, as I tend to go on tears and watch only that show.  I own all of Mad Men.  I love Louie and It’s Always Sunny.  I will watch Seinfeld if its on no matter what (even though I’ve seen every episode 2300 times).

14. The biggest problem facing the world?  Where to start?  Biggest?  I think the root cause of most of the bad stuff is arrogance.  So many think whatever they think is the absolute truth and then they get offended when others think they’re wrong and then they start grabbing for power and fighting to assert their version of the absolute truth and everyone gets more and more miserable as a result.  How’s that for vague?

15. Really the only “real” stuff in Stupid Fast is setting.  It’s Platteville, Wisconsin (except I moved the schools and felt like I didn’t want to call it Platteville).  Also, I drove around and around and around as a teenager.  There is a combination Taco Bell/KFC in Platteville, too.



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  1. 1 Fiction: Voice « Loan Le Trackback on April 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm
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Geoff Herbach. I am the author of Stupid Fast and Nothing Special, among a bunch of other stuff. When I'm not writing, I teach writing at Minnesota State, Mankato.

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