Andrew Shaffer is the New York Times bestselling author of the essential survival guide, How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters, and the Goodreads Choice semifinalist Fifty Shames of Earl Grey, amongst other humorous fiction and nonfiction books.
His most recent books are Ghosts from Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal, a tie-in to the 2016 Ghostbusters film, and The Day of the Donald: Trump Trumps America, a political thriller starring the Republican presidential candidate.
His next book, Ain’t Got Time to Bleed: Realistic Medical Reports on Hollywood’s Greatest Action Heroes, will be released in November 2017 from Insight Editions/Simon & Schuster.
A television drama based on his novel-in-progress Tapped is currently in development at Freeform, with The Pretty Little Liars' I. Marlene King and The Vampire Diaries' Paul Wesley producing.
Shaffer has appeared as a guest on FOX News, CBS, and NPR, and has been published in McSweeney's, Mental Floss, Inc., and Maxim.
He is the owner and creative director of Order of St. Nick, the greeting card company whose cards have been featured on The Colbert Report. He also runs the publishing outfit 8th Circle Press with his wife.
Shaffer attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop for a summer semester and studied comedy writing at Chicago's The Second City. An Iowa native, Shaffer lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his wife, novelist Tiffany Reisz.
"A pro at parodies." — The Associated Press
"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 Order of St. Nick greeting cards
Select Bibliography (Full-Length Titles)
Ain’t Got Time to Bleed: Realistic Medical Reports on Hollywood’s Greatest Action Heroes (Insight Editions, 2017)
The Day of the Donald: Trump Trumps America (Crooked Lane Books, 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)
Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love (Harper Perennial, 2011)
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Author
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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)
Awards and Distinctions
New York Times Bestseller, How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters (2014)
Book-of-the-Month Club Nonfiction Alternate Selection, Literary Rogues (2013)
Goodreads Choice Awards Semifinalist, Fifty Shames of Earl Grey (2012)
IHSPA Award Winner, Editorial (1996)
MBA, University of Iowa (2008)
BA (English), University of Iowa (2004)