Geoff Rodkey grew up in Freeport, Illinois and began his writing career on his high school newspaper, the oddly named Pretz News. During college, he wrote for both the Harvard Lampoon and the Let's Go travel guide series. After graduation, he wrote for magazines, a video game, a newspaper, a standup comedian, a syndicated columnist, a government-funded economic think tank, and MTV's Beavis and Butt-head. He received an Emmy nomination for his work on Comedy Central's Politically Incorrect, and went on to write the hit films Daddy Day Care, RV, and the Disney Channel's Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas.

He's currently at work on Blue Sea Burning, the final book in the Chronicles of Egg adventure-comedy series that began with Deadweather and Sunrise and continues with New Lands, to be released in May 2013.

Geoff lives in New York City with his wife and three sons. They have no pets, mostly because the whole experience with the goldfish was just too upsetting.

You can learn more about him at, and about the book series at

A word from Geoff Rodkey:

I read a lot as a kid. I'm not sure whether that was because I loved books, or because children's television in the 1970's was terrible, the Internet didn't exist yet, video games were banned in my hometown, and my older sister refused to play with me.

So I didn't have a lot of options. When I wasn't reading, I spent a lot of time playing alone--sending action figures on perilous missions into the pile of rocks near the driveway, crouched in combat foxholes made from living room furniture, or flying a P-38 Lightning (the coolest-looking of all the World War II fighter planes) that my neighbors probably mistook for a red Schwinn with a banana seat.

It never occurred to me that making up all those stories in my head was a kind of job training. But today, that's what I do for a living. The only difference is that now there's typing involved.

Growing up, my favorite books were The Pushcart War, The Westing Game, Bridge to Terabithia, The Book of Three, anything by Beverly Cleary or Judy Blume, The Great Brain series, the McGurk Mysteries&and a series of pulp novels for adults called The Sergeant that were TOTALLY inappropriate for me, and that I never should have been allowed anywhere near. My parents probably figured, "It's a book. How bad could it be?"

If only they knew.

When I was thirteen, I decided on my first career goal: to be the guitarist in Ozzy Osbourne's band. Eventually, the fact that I didn't own, let alone play, a guitar got in the way of that.

Years of drift followed. At some point in high school, and for reasons that I think had to do with my parents' prodding me to pad my college application resume--a prodding which led, among other things, to a disastrous tenure as treasurer of the Freeport High School German Club--I joined the school newspaper.

While less of an obvious mistake than the German Club gig, the first few months at the newspaper seemed unpromising. Then, while watching cartoons on TV one afternoon (we'd gotten cable by now, so the TV situation had improved dramatically), I found myself wishing that, just once, Wile E. Coyote would catch and eat the Road Runner.

I felt strongly enough about this that I wrote down my opinions on the subject, and because the newspaper's editor was short on articles, it ran the next month on the editorial page.

The strangest thing happened: people liked the article, and told me so. A cute girl actually came up to me in the hallway at school and told me how funny it was.

This was nothing like the German Club. I was hooked.

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