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OtherI'm author, podcaster, journalist, and dog mom Doree Shafrir. AMA!

May 12th 2017 by doreesha • 9 Questions • 82 Points

I'm an author of the new novel STARTUP, the co-host (with my husband Matt Mira of Nerdist) of the podcast Matt and Doree's Eggcellent Adventure, and mom to a 75-pound mutt named Beau. Oh, and I've been a journalist for over a decade and currently work at BuzzFeed News. AMA!

Proof: https://twitter.com/doree/status/862698344845463552

Q:

What's it like being married to Matt Mira?

A:

He made me breakfast this morning AND is taking the dog to the park right now because I'm doing this AMA. That should tell you everything you need to know! :)


Q:

Hello Doree !

Thanks for doing this AMA.

I've been listening to your Eggcellent Adventure from the first day it posted, and while I am not participating on that specific journey, I appreciate that you and Matt have chosen to share it with the rest of the world. From the feedback, is has been needed,

On to the question : Since you have been a journalist for many years, what are the main differences that you have found writing a novel compared to journalism ?

A:

It's so different! The biggest difference is that I have to actually, you know, come up with a story. When you're a journalist, even if you have to uncover the story, you're not the one who's driving it. In fact it's very bad if you are involved in the story at all! It's incredibly liberating and also really overwhelming to have to be responsible for characters' fates.


Q:

Hi Doree! If you could take yourself to anywhere to start working on your next novel, where would you go?! You mentioned going to Sequioa was too lonely.

A:

I think I said going to Santa Fe and Joshua Tree was too lonely (I've never been to Sequoia! Same idea though.) I did feel very productive in Vegas. I could also see myself going to Palm Springs. I also love Austin and my sister lives there now, so maybe I could get a hotel there for a week and hang out. New Orleans? Never been but I hear it's great! Basically I think I need a place where there are other people around and there's stuff to do beyond just staying in and writing. And I think I prefer a hotel to a house where I'm by myself. Also open to suggestions!


Q:

Right! Bad memory. I bet Palm Springs would be great. If you rent a typical mid-century modern house with big windows that looks into a pool, since it's so open you won't feel so alone. We went a few months ago and it was wonderful.

Or you could go the opposite way and take yourself to a big city? Maybe go international, to a city where you don't speak the language. It would be loud but it wouldn't be, since you don't understand what people are saying. You're not secluded but you have enough distance to focus. If you ever decide to go to Japan, I'll be happy to give you recommendations on places to go and places to eat. :)

Someday, I would like to stay at Nakagin, an apartment in Tokyo.

Nakagin hotel

Anyway, thank you as always for the podcast and I think it's such a great accomplishment about your book. I'm sure there will be more to come. I will stay tuned for all of Doree Shaftir's adventures. Say hello to Matt!

A:

Hey everyone, thanks so much for all the questions — this was really fun! Feel free to learn more about me and the podcast at https://doree-shafrir.com and https://eggcellentadventure.com. And please, buy my book!! Thanks again!


Q:

Would you rather be run over by 15 duck-sized golf carts or 1 golf cart-sized duck?

A:

I think I'd be more likely to survive an attack by 15 duck-sized golf carts?!!? Either one sounds terrifying though.


Q:

Hi Doree! Thanks for doing this. I'm curious, did you always know you wanted to write a novel? And what advice do you have for other first time authors trying to work on their writing while still holding a full time job.

A:

I didn't know I always wanted to write a novel! In fact if you'd asked me five years ago I would've said that I'd probably write a book of essays or some kind of cultural/sociological kind of non-fiction book. But I'm really glad I did. In terms of advice — you just HAVE to carve out the time. I think I talked about this on the podcast, but my general feeling about this is that no chunk of time is too small. It's really easy to say to yourself, well I just don't have those hours each day to devote to my book, but honestly, if you can even find half an hour each day to work on it, you'd be surprised at how much you can get done. I also find that when I DON'T have a lot of time, I'm often more productive. The most important thing for me is to turn off the internet while I'm trying to write — I use the Freedom app for this purpose. (It disables your internet.)


Q:

Thanks Doree! Love that you are doing an AMA. What is your favorite Buzzfeed story? Someone cool you met? Or learned? What is it like to work for such a fun and interesting online publisher. They have really changed how people advertise and think of an online publisher.

A:

This is one of my favorite BuzzFeed stories: https://www.buzzfeed.com/doree/atlas-shrugged


Q:

How would you hide a giraffe?

A:

Among a bunch of other giraffes.


Q:

Who's the most famous person you could call from your contacts right now who would answer? Name drop a little.

A:

Matt Mira.