Andrew Shaffer is the New York Times bestselling author of Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery, the parody Fifty Shames of Earl Grey, and numerous other humorous works of fiction and nonfiction. He is a two-time Goodreads Choice Award nominee and a finalist in the Humor category.

He has appeared as a guest on NPR, FOX News, and CBS, and has been published in McSweeney's, Mental Floss, and The Daily Beast.

He is the owner and creative director of Order of St. Nick, the quirky greeting card company whose cards have been featured on The Colbert Report. He also is the publisher of 8th Circle Press.

Shaffer attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and studied comedy writing at The Second City, Chicago’s famed improv school. An Iowa native, Shaffer lives in Kentucky, with his wife, novelist Tiffany Reisz. He teaches and mentors writers at Lexington's Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. 

His next book, Hope Rides Again: An Obama Biden Mystery, will be published in July 2019 by Quirk Books and Audible.

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"A pro at parodies." — The Associated Press

"Fans of Carl Hiaasen’s comic crime novels will have fun." — Publishers Weekly on Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery

"Always funny." — LitReactor

"Every bit as amusing (and straight-faced) as the film franchise that spawned it." — Entertainment Weekly on How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters

"Funny.... Everyone should follow this guy [on Twitter]." — Nicholas Sparks

"Witty.... Clever...." — USA Today on How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters

"The literary equivalent of a good Saturday Night Live skit." — The Hollywood Reporter on Fifty Shames of Earl Grey

"Un-American." — Stephen Colbert on Shaffer's Order of St. Nick greeting cards

Bibliography (Full-Length Titles)

Hope Rides Again: An Obama Biden Mystery (Quirk Books and Audible, 2019)

Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery (Quirk Books and Audible, 2018)

Ain’t Got Time to Bleed: Medical Reports on Hollywood’s Greatest Action Heroes (Insight Editions, 2017)

The Day of the Donald: Trump Trumps America (Crooked Lane Books and Blackstone Audio, 2016)

Ghosts from Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal (Three Rivers Press and Random House Audio, 2016)

Catsby: A Parody (8th Circle Press, 2016)

How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters (Three Rivers Press and Random House Audio, 2014)

Literary Rogues: A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors (Harper Perennial, 2013)

Fifty Shames of Earl Grey (Da Capo Press and Tantor Audio, 2012)

Justin Bieber: First Tweets 2 Forever: My Memoir (8th Circle Press, 2011)

Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love (Harper Perennial, 2011)

Bibliography (Collections)

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like F*ck This (8th Circle Press, 2nd ed. 2018)

The Telltale Hardon and Other Perversions (8th Circle Press, 2016)

Andrew Shaffer (pronounciation: SHAY-fer)

Andrew Shaffer (pronounciation: SHAY-fer)

Literary Agent

Brandi Bowles at UTA

Author Photos

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Photo Credits: Courtesy of the Author

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Bylines (Magazines/Websites)

McSweeney's • Mental Floss • Maxim • Time • The Daily Beast • RT Book Reviews • Book Riot • The Huffington Post • The Rumpus • Suicide Girls • The Philosophers' Magazine • Scratch • Inc.

Teaching and Mentoring

The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning (Lexington, KY)

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Awards and Distinctions

Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist, Hope Never Dies (2018)

New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Indiebound, and Barnes & Noble Bestseller, Hope Never Dies (2018)

New York Times Bestseller, How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters (2014)

Book-of-the-Month Club Alternate Selection, Literary Rogues (2013)

Goodreads Choice Awards Semifinalist, Fifty Shames of Earl Grey (2012)

Professional Memberships

The Authors Guild

International Association of Crime Writers

International Thriller Writers (ITW)

Louisville Literary Arts

Mystery Writers of America (MWA)

PEN America


MBA, University of Iowa (2008)

BA (English), University of Iowa (2004)