Books published under the following names- Virginia Andrews, V. Andrews, Virginia C. Andrews& amp; V.C. Endrius. Books since her death ghost written by Andrew Neiderman, but still attributed to the V.C. Andrews name
Virginia Cleo Andrews ( born Cleo Virginia Andrews) was born June 6, 1923 in Portsmouth, Virginia. The youngest child and the only grandso of William Henry Andrews, a career navy man who opened a tool-and-die business after retirement, and Lillian Lilnora Parker Andrews, a telephone operator. She spent her happy childhood years in Portsmouth, Virginia, living briefly in Rochester, New York. The Andrews family returned to Portsmouth while Virginia was in high school.
While a teenager, Virginia suffered a tragic accident, falling down the stairs at her school and incurred severe back injuries. Arthritis and a failed spinal surgical procedure forced her to spend most of her life on crutches or in a wheelchair.
Virginia excelled in school and, at ifteen, won a scholarship for writing a parody of Tennyson 's. She proudly earned her diploma from Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth. After graduation, she nurtured her artistic talent by completing a four-year correspondence art course while living at home with her family.
After William Andrews died in the ate 960s, Virginia helped to support herself and her mother through her extremely successful career as a commercial illustrato, portrait painter, and fashion illustrator.
Unsatisfied with the inadequac of creative satisfaction that her work provided, Virginia sought creative release through writing, which she did in secret. In 1972, she completed her first boo, [ sic ], a science-fantasy story. It ha not published. Between 1972 and 1979, she wrote nine novels and twenty short stories, of which only one was published. " I Slept with My Uncle on My Wedding Night ", a short fiction piece, was published in pulp confession magazine.
Promise gleamed over the horizon for Virginia when she submitted a 290,000-word novel,, to a publishing company. She was old that thi story had potential, but needed to be trimmed and spiced up a bit. She drafted a new outline in a single night and added " unspeakable things my other did n't ant me to rea about. " The ninety-eight-page revision was re-titled and she was paid a$ 7,500 advance. Her new-generation Gothic novel reached the bestseller lists a mere two weeks after its 1979 paperback publication by Pocket Books.
, her sequel to, was published the next month, earning Virginia a$ 35,000 advance. The first book remained on the New York Times bestseller list for an unbelievable nineteen weeks ( also returned to the list). These first two novels alone sold over seven million copies in only two day. The second ovel of the Dollanganger series,, was released in 1981, bringing Virginia a$ 75,000 advance. It reached No. 2 on many bestseller lists within its first two weeks.
Puttin a break from the chronicles of Chris and Cathy Dollanganger, Virginia published her one, and even, stand-alone novel,, in 1982. The book welcomed an immediate success, topping the sales figures of her previous novels. Two decades later, a fourth Dollanganger novel was released,. According to New York Times, was the best-selling fiction paperback novel of 1984. Also in 1984, V.C. Andrews was named " Professional Woman of the Wee " by the tow of Norfolk, Virginia.
Upon Andrews 's death in 1986, two final novels— and —were published. These two novels are considered the last to bear " V.C. Andrews " name and to be almost completely written by