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Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Kiki: What is your favorite genre to read in, and what is it about that genre that attracts you to it?
ANDY:  By far my favorite genre is spy thrillers.  I enjoy these types of thriller because they require a complex plot and characters whose motives are often in question.  Spy thrillers are also good brain teasers and I enjoy plot twists and surprises.

Kiki: What is your favorite author to read in that genre, and why? Also, please tell me a little about the best book by that author you have read.
ANDY: John Le Carre is the only spy thriller writer that I read.  I’ve been captivated by his story telling for my entire adult life.  His story plotting is the very, very best.   My favorite of his novels is A Perfect Spy, which is a rich story with complicated characters.  I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read it.

Kiki: Do you have a Favorite Book of All Time? Of course, please tell us what about that book makes it your favorite.
ANDY: My Favorite Book of All Time is Stephen King’s The StandI like the complexity and length of this post-apocalyptic tale and love the way King laid out a saga that pitted good against bad in a final showdown.

Kiki: What is the best book you read last month, and would you recommend it to a friend?
ANDY: Doug Dorow’s thriller – The Ninth District Would very highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys a well plotted thriller.

Kiki: What are your reading habits like? For example, how many books do you read on average in a week, what format do you prefer to read in, what time of day do you read, and what setting is ideal for you to get lost in that book?
ANDY: My reading habits are sporadic.  I go through phases and currently I have been reading more than I have in the last three years.   I enjoy softcover books (although, I have been digging the kindle I just received for Christmas)  My favorite reading setting is the back deck of my home, in the Fall, with a light breeze and an Amstel Light.

Kiki: How do you become inspired to write?
ANDY: I became inspired to write my first novel due to events that unfolded in my life as an owner of a small business in the late 1990’s.  My staff suspected that one of our clients was a drug smuggler and this person’s murder some time later seemed to confirm this suspicion.  From this sequence of events, my overactive imagination develop the plot points that became SHADES OF GRAY.

Kiki: What part of the story do you think is your strength to write? 
ANDY: My strongest writing came out during the construction of the twisty ending that developed during the writing of the novel.  I surprised myself in the development of the events that transpired at the end and how well they circled back to the other elements of the story.

Author & Book Information: 

Shades of Gray by Andy Holloman

 ** Jan. 20, 2012 update -- Shades of Gray hits Bestseller Status on Amazon for Fiction - Mens Adventure.

"Debut novelist Andy Holloman speeds us on a journey with punch, twist, and emotional dilemmas straight from our worst fears.  
Shades of Gray is a colorful, rollicking ride from start to finish."   

 - Franz Wisner, New York Times bestselling author of "Honeymoon with My Brother" and "How the World Makes Love"     

    How far would you go to save your child's life?  Could you break the law?   What if your  business was suddenly in danger of going under because of 9/11 ?        
A single father decides to partner up with woman from the opposite side of the tracks.  Can their partnership deliver the cash they BOTH desperately need?  Could they fall in love?   And will they survive to see the Summer of 2002?
 (Combine "Breaking Bad" and "Cops" with a disturbing, dark remake of "The Love
Boat" and you have all the flavors of  SHADES OF GRAY)

Purchase SHADES OF GRAY in eBook or Softcover form at http://ow.ly/8CfYY

The author has graciously offered to give away 2 ebook copies of his book Shades of Gray. All you have to do is comment on the interview to enter. Mr. Holloman will then stop by at the end of the week and chose two winners. So make sure you leave him a way to contact you if you win :)


  1. Loved the book, Andy. Just recently watched the movie The Stand... and am watching a British drama about a similar scenario. Have you read King's book On Writing? Fabulous, fabulous!

  2. This book sounds great. Big fan of Breaking Bad and Love Boat. I think everyone loves Cops. This sounds like a great book and would love to win and read. Thanks for the chance to win.

  3. I would like a chance to win this book. It sounds good. I like Cops and Breaking Bad both. Thank you!

    Rachel V


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