Thursday, May 5, 2016

FFBC Blog Tour, Promo Post, & Giveaway: Anything You Want (Geoff Herbach)

Anything You Want
by Geoff Herbach
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Expect a bundle of joy—er, trouble—in this hilarious, heartwarming story from the award-winning author of Stupid Fast Geoff Herbach
Taco's mom always said, "Today is the best day of your life, and tomorrow will be even better." That was hard to believe the day she died of cancer and when Taco's dad had to move up north for work, but he sure did believe it when Maggie Corrigan agreed to go with him to junior prom. Taco loves Maggie- even more than the tacos that earned him his nickname. And she loves him right back.
Except all that love? It gets Maggie pregnant. Everyone else may be freaking out, but Taco can't wait to have a real family again. He just has to figure out what it means to be a dad and how to pass calculus. And then there's getting Maggie's parents to like him. Because it would be so much easier for them to be together if he didn't have to climb the side of the Corrigans' house to see her...


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I am the author of the YA title, Stupid Fast (June 2011 from Sourcebooks Fire). I also wrote The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg, a Novel from Three Rivers Press. When I'm not writing books, I'm writing for Radio Happy Hour or developing ridiculous musical bits.
When I'm not writing, I'm teaching writing at Minnesota State, Mankato, which means I write a lot of comments about writing on student writing.

Writing a lot of writing and reading about writing and writing on reading.


1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

Do you know the movie Juno? This book is sort of in response to Paulie Bleeker, from Juno. I teach that movie in my screenwriting class, so I’ve watched it a thousand times. I’ve thought a lot about how Juno forgives Paulie for being a kid instead of an honorable man. How the story doesn’t judge him for his immaturity and his continued engagement in a regular teen’s life even though this girl he loves is going through so much. I thought, what if Paulie wasn’t middle class? What if his family was broken? What if, because of his broken family, he wanted to be a dad, even though he’s still a little kid at heart? He’d make such a terrible mess. How could he be okay? Taco was really born from those questions. (I think his weird way of talking was inspired a bit by Diablo Cody’s script, her stylized dialogue in Juno, too.)

2. Who is your favorite character in the book?

Well, Taco, for sure, but I also really like Nussbaum, the lawyer Taco ends up working with. That old guy has so much love he doesn’t want to let into the world, but when he does, it makes the world such a better place. He’s a good, good man hidden underneath a hard exterior.

3. Which came first, the title or the novel?

Oh, definitely the book. I wanted the title to be This Taco is a Keeper. My publisher wasn’t very interested in that!

4. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

Yesterday, I had a different answer to this question! Today I’m most proud of the scene where Taco climbs up Maggie’s house for the second time and is frozen by fear when he sees a wooden chicken statue through a window. He thinks Maggie’s mom has cursed him using this chicken.

5. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

Don’t get too proud of yourself (because someone will knock you down). Don’t get too down (because something great is around the corner). No matter what, keep working, because the only way to get better, the only way to finish anything, is to work, work, work.

6. What’s up next for you? 

Strange Times: The Ghost in the Girl, which I co-wrote with Tom DeLonge, formerly of Blink 182, comes out in October. I’m pretty stoked about it! A crew of skate punk kids turn into paranormal investigators. It’s super fun. Then there are some cool things on the horizon! I will miss Taco, though.

1 comment:

  1. An interesting inspiration. I have not yet seen the movie.