Paste: What is the #1 survival tip you want readers to take away from the book?
Shaffer: Don’t go to the beach! Not only are you on the frontlines for sharknados, but you’ve also got creatures like pteracudas and dinosharks to contend with. If you must go, keep your eyes and ears open. If someone’s waving their arms and yelling, “Get out of the water!”—get out of the water. Also, wear sunscreen. While this won’t help ward off a sharktopus per se, it is sensible advice nonetheless.