Inside the Author’s Mind – Andy Holloman

I met Andy via social media and consider him a wonderful writer. His blog is filled with excellent information and writer tips. It’s also timely he’s on my blog today—why?

If you buy his book, Shades of Gray  before  June 17, you can get FIVE other thriller/mystery/suspense  eBooks for FREE — Just in time for Father’s Day this Sunday! Visit Andy’s blog to find out more.

Please give a warm welcome to Andy Holloman, and take advantage of his Father’s Day Special.

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 Who is Andy? 

Shades of Gray grew out of Author Andy Holloman’s experiences as a travel agency owner, and the murder of a client. Suspecting she was a drug smuggler, a story sprouted in Holloman’s over-active imagination: How far would a desperate person go to save their child and their business? A graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Holloman lives in the Raleigh, N.C., area with his wife of twenty years and three children. When he’s not writing, Holloman is carpooling, keeping his wife happy, and attending school and sporting events. He loves the great outdoors, is an avid reader, and a social media goofball. Most evenings, he can be found tapping on his well-worn keyboard as he “births” his next novel. Visit for updates on his latest writing ventures.
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In the Fall of 2001, John Manning’s life is in turmoil.  His six-year-old daughter Lucy needs a kidney transplant, and his travel agency is in financial distress because of the 9/11 tragedy.  A lapse in his health insurance means he also has to quickly secure funds for his daughter’s operation.

Wanda, a client of John’s travel agency, is facing similar financial difficulties.  Her livelihood as a drug dealer has also been hit hard by increased airport security.  As a single parent, she wants to leave her dangerous profession and break free from her drug-lord boss Jamel, but a lack of funds has curtailed attempts to start a new life with her daughter.

Desperate times lead to desperate measures and John and Wanda form a partnership to smuggle cocaine via cruise ships.

How far should a father go to save his child?  Can a man and woman from completely different worlds help each other?  Could they fall in love?  And who will live to see the summer of 2002?

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Inside Andy Holloman’s Mind

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Perfect happiness for me would be living in Montana during the summer (near Yellowstone) and in Costa Rica during the winter. I would want just enough money to live on (without a day job)  and time to write.  (and someone else to drive my kids everywhere.)

What turns you on creatively? I’m  turned on by difficult situations that folks (characters) have to work their way out of.  I’m very evil in that way!  Coming up with creative problems and likewise, creative solutions, is very fun (and turns me on, you know, in a creative kinda way)

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? My first and only novel overused the word “sweetie” when the main characters addressed the child, who was one of the important supporting characters.  Have been reminded of this by more reviewers than I would care to mention.   No more “sweeties” for me, ever !

What quality do you most admire in a man? Good sense of humor.  Intelligence.  Honesty.

What quality do you most admire in a woman? See above.  Plus nice legs.

What is your greatest regret? I love to travel and did a good deal of it when I was a travel agency owner in the 1990’s (plus I didn’t have any kids.) but wish that I would have taken time after college to move to Europe and live in England or France or Switzerland for a year or so.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I wish that my follow through on tasks was more consistent.  I get distracted by new ideas, stories, business ventures, etc. too easily.  I do just okay at the new things I try, but I have an issue with staying with something for the long-term (more than 3 or so years).  Remember the dog in the wonderful Pixar movie “Up”, that’s me (on a slightly longer time scale) –  SQUIRREL!

What is your greatest fear? That I won’t be so lucky as I age in regards to how healthy I’ve been thus far in my life.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? So far, hands down, my children.  The three of them are very interesting, different, well-mannered (okay, well the currently 14 yr old daughter was NOT well-mannered between ages 12 and until recently!), and smart.  Seeing them take shape gives me great pride.

What is the trait you most deplore in others? I detest people that don’t listen and steer every conversation back to themselves.  Have you ever chatted with someone, relayed an interesting bit of information to them, and they have this uncanny ability to connect this information with something that is important to THEM?  sheesh, get clue.

What is one thing you want to do before you die? Hike the Appalachian Trail for a month.

What is your favorite music (genre/artist/album/song)? Huge fan of –  Alanis Morissette, Dave Mathews, Neil Young, Coldplay, The Smiths, The Cure

What is your motto? SOLVE THE PROBLEM.  (my kids HATE this one, but it comes in handy w/ them)

Thank you Andy  for your great answers and your Father’s Day Special to readers.

I invite everyone to leave Andy a comment or ask him a question. 

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Connect with Andy 


Twitter @andyholloman



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6 responses to “Inside the Author’s Mind – Andy Holloman

  1. justinbog

    Good taste in music, a way with words, teaches important lessons to the next generation? Wow, Eden, a really great interview. Good luck with your writing life, Andy and tackling that App Trail.


  2. Andy, it is wonderful to meet you. I’ve heard of your book but have yet to have the chance to read it. I enjoyed your interview.


  3. Eden, you always amaze me with your choices! That was a great interview, Andy! When I read anything about you I get that ‘has it together’ feeling about you. And I just want to say- SQUIRREL. LOL
    I’ve hiked part of the AT and what an experience!


  4. Justin, Savannah and Dannie, many thanks for visiting and reading!


  5. Terrific interview, Eden! Andy, great answers. Hiking the Appalachian Trail would certainly be fun!


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