Andrew Shaffer is the author of Literary Rogues: A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors, Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love and, under the pen name "Fanny Merkin," Fifty Shames of Earl Grey: A Parody (a Goodreads Choice 2012 Semifinalist).
His writing has appeared in such diverse publications as Mental Floss, Maxim, Book Riot, The Daily Beast, and The Huffington Post. He has professionally reviewed romance, erotica, and women's fiction for RT Book Reviews magazine.
Shaffer attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop for a summer semester and studied comedy writing at Chicago's The Second City. He is also the creative director of Order of St. Nick, the greeting card company whose irreverent cards have been featured on The Colbert Report, NPR, and FOX News.
If you're in publishing and on Twitter, you may know him as @evilwylie or @emperorfranzen.
An Iowa native, Shaffer lives in Lexington, Kentucky, a magical land of horses and bourbon. He is repped by Brandi Bowles (Foundry Literary + Media).
Fanny Merkin hides from her fans lives in a Beverly Hills mansion purchased using the embarrassingly large advance she received for Fifty Shames of Earl Grey. She is a former Walmart employee who writes under the pseudonym, "Andrew Shaffer."