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PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) -

If you needed a good laugh today, you missed a chance to hear comic and prolific author Andy Andrews. He brought his sense of humor to the Auburn Montgomery Business Breakfast Tuesday morning held in Prattville.

An Alabama native, and at one time homeless, Andrews often spent nights under piers along the Alabama Gulf Coast or in garages. He says an 8th grade teacher in Dothan, Ms. McLloyd, inspired him to become an author. "She was the first one to tell me I could write, and the first one to tell me that I was funny..." he said.

"If there is a secret, it is that I am open to the Lord to those directions, and I persevere," Andrews said. "I tease with my pastor and say, 'One of my big aggravations about God is that he never seems to be under any obligation to tell me what he's doing.'"

In 2009, Andrews released his second book "The Noticer" and in 2010 he released his first children's book, "The Boy Who Changed the World".

His latest work, "How Do You Kill 11 Million People?" has a "touchy-feely" title according to the author, but the book is Andrews' attempt at avoiding use of the words 'Democrat' or 'Republican', all while trying to answer a question about whether he can make everyone agree on something. "It's a curious little book," he said.

Andrews says his message to the audience at the Auburn Montgomery Business Breakfast is one of hope and inspiration. He says there are some principles that work whether you know them or not. He wanted to share some of those ideas with the audience. "The idea and the certainty, really, is that people can do what they want to do," Andrews explained. "We can achieve past what we want to believe."

Andrews says he enjoys writing books that the entire family can read.

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