About the author

author photo croppedHi! I’m Geoff Rodkey. That’s me on the left. I write things for a living: mostly books, movies, and TV shows…but I’ve also written for magazines, newspapers, video games, web sites, standup comedians, and even two United States Senators. Although at least one of them would prefer that I don’t mention that.
My latest book is WE’RE NOT FROM HERE, a science fiction novel for middle grade readers about a family of humans who immigrate to an alien planet after Earth is destroyed in a nuclear war. While it might be a stretch to call a book that starts in the wake of a civilization-destroying catastrophe a “comedy,” I swear it’s got a much lighter tone than the premise suggests. And while some readers may hear echoes of real-world debates in the story, it’s also just plain fun to read.


My second-to-latest book is STUCK IN THE STONE AGE — a comic novel bundled with a creative writing guide that I wrote in collaboration with the phenomenal Story Pirates arts/entertainment/improv comedy troupe. It’s getting great reviews (click here to read them!), and it’ll be in stores on March 6th.



Before that, I wrote a middle grade comedy series rodkey_tappertwins_arcabout 12-year-old twins who live in New York City and don’t get along. You can learn more about The Tapper Twins here, or check out TapperTwins.com for a bunch of fun videos, excerpts from the books, etc.


Before The Tapper Twins, I wrote the adventure-comedy-mystery trilogy The Chronicles of Egg. The Egg books are about as much fun as you can have between two covers, and I’m not just saying that because I wrote them. (If you want to check them out, start at the beginning, with Deadweather and Sunrise. You can download the first chapter here.)

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But as much fun as the books are, I’m probably better known for my movies — Daddy Day Care, RV, The Shaggy Dog… 












Although if you’re under twelve years old, you may be more familiar with a Disney Channel TV movie I wrote called Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas…





And if you’re over forty, it might actually be the “Cow Tipping” episode of MTV’s Beavis and Butt-head





Or, if you’re a political junkie AND over forty, you might have caught my brief, Emmy-nominated tenure as a co-writer of the “Strange Bedfellows” segments on Comedy’s Central’s Politically Incorrect, featuring Al Franken and Arianna Huffington (this was in 1996, way back when Arianna was still a Republican).


And if you went to Freeport High School in Freeport, Illinois between 1985 and 1988, I think you’ll agree with me that some of the best things I ever wrote were the humor pieces I published in our school newspaper, the Pretz News, which is where I got my start — beginning with this article-length complaint about Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner back in December 1985.

Pretz News might seem like an odd name, but it’s not nearly as odd as our school mascot. We were the Freeport Pretzels.

Why? I have no idea. It’s kind of cute, I guess. But it definitely doesn’t intimidate rival sports teams.

Want to know more? (Not about pretzels, but about the things I’ve written?)

Click here for an interview about the Egg books with kidlit blogger Monica Edinger.

Or click here for an interview about my film and TV work, courtesy of journalist Jeff Pearlman.

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