Biography

Andrew Shaffer is the New York Times bestselling author of the essential survival guide, How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disastersand the Goodreads Choice semifinalist Fifty Shames of Earl Greyamongst other humorous fiction and nonfiction books. His next project is Ghosts from Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal. a tie-in to the 2016 Ghostbusters film.

He has appeared as a guest on FOX News, CBS, and NPR, and has been published in Mental Floss, The Philosophers' Magazine, and Maxim. He has professionally reviewed romance, erotica, and women's fiction for RT Book Reviews magazine.

His humor writing spans multiple genres, including parody, horror, thriller, science fiction, romance, and nonfiction.

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 the Pacific Northwest with his wife, novelist Tiffany Reisz.

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.

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Social Media

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Quotes

"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

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

Pen Names

Fanny Merkin • Edgar Allan Pole • Evil WylieEmperor Franzen • Nikolas Sparx

Author Photos

B&W Web • B&W Print • Color Web • Color Print

Photo Credit: Von Hollister

Photos released for use under a Creative Commons CC BY-SA license

Bylines

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

Awards

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

Professional Associations 

Horror Writers Association

American Society for Psychical Research

Romance Writers of America

Rose City Romance Writers