Andrews grew up in Birmingham and graduated from Berry High School in 1977. His parents both died soon later and Andrews moved to the Gulf Coast, often sleeping under a pier. He began a career in home-spun standup comedy and eventually toured with musicians such as Kenny Rogers and Garth Brooks. He was twice voted "Comedian of the Year" by the National Association for Campus Activities.
Rogers encouraged him to put some of his observations from his voracious reading of the biographies of successful people into his act. The motivational element gradually eclipsed the humor, prompting him to write a novel which incorporated seven basic observations about success.
The book, which was rejected 51 times before being accepted by Thomas Nelson Publishers. It was an instant success and has become a national best-seller and has been translated into 20 languages. It has become a component of programs used by the US armed forces, Microsoft, General Motors, Major League Baseball and the National Football League. A 2-hour PBS documentary, "Andy Andrews: The Seven Decisions," aired nationally.
Andrews and his wife Polly have two sons. They reside in Orange Beach, Alabama.
- Andrews, Andy (1991) Storms of Perfection 1: In Their Own Words. Lightning Crown Publishers. ISBN 0962962015
- Andrews, Andy (1994) Storms of Perfection 2: Letters from the Heart. Lightning Crown Publishers. ISBN 0962962031
- Andrews, Andy (1995) Tales from Sawyerton Springs. Lightning Crown Publishers. ISBN 096296204X
- Andrews, Andy (1995) Storms of Perfection 3: A Pathway to Personal Achievement. Lightning Crown Publishers. ISBN 0962962058
- Andrews, Andy (1997) Storms of Perfection 4 : Letters from the Past. Lightning Crown Publishers. ISBN 0962962074
- Andrews, Andy (2002) The Traveler's Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success. Thomas Nelson. ISBN 0785264280
- Andrews, Andy (2004) The Lost Choice Thomas Nelson. ISBN 0785261397
- Andrews, Andy (2005) Island of Saints: A Story of the One Principle That Frees the Human Spirit Thomas Nelson. ISBN 0785261400
- Andrews, Andy (2005) Socks for Christmas. Thomas Nelson. ISBN 1401602398
- Andrews, Andy (2008) Mastering the Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success Thomas Nelson. ISBN 0785261419
- Andrews, Andy (2008) The Noticer. Thomas Nelson. ISBN 0785229213
- Kemp, Kathy (May 4, 2008) "Andrews helped self, now others." Birmingham News
- Cuthbert, Matt (May 20, 2009) "'The Noticer' another inspirational tale from Orange Beach bestselling author Andy Andrews." al.com