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Cleo Andrews, better known as V.C. Andrews, was the youngest and only daughter of the Andrews family. She suffered a fall from a school stairwell that resulted in severe back injuries. The surgeries to correct these injuries left her suffering from crippling arthritis and required her to use crutches and a wheelchair for much of her life.
V.C. completed a four year correspondence course from her home and soon after became a successful commercial artist, illustrator, and portrait painter.
V.C. Andrews first novel was titled Gods of Green Mountain. This book was a science fiction effort that remained unpublished during her lifetime. It was finally released in 2004 as an ebook. In 1975, she completed a manuscript that became well known throughout the world. This manuscript was entitled Flowers in the Attic. The book was published in 1979 and reached the bestseller list after only two weeks on the market.
Every year, until her death, she published a new novel. The only series to be fully written by V.C. Andrews was the Dollanganger series and the stand alone book, My Sweet Audrina. The Casteel series is the last known series to have been started by Andrews before her death and completed by her Ghost writer, Andrew Neiderman.
Her novels are usually grouped into a series of five books. The first three are usually about the main character, who is usually female. The fourth book is usually the character's child or another family member that tells of what happened after the death of the main character. The fifth acts as a prequel to tell of where the main character comes from. The Orphans miniseries was the first to not follow the original formula, leaving the Hudson and DeBeers series as the last to follow it.
V.C. died of breast cancer on December 19, 1986 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Her family hired a ghostwriter, Andrew Neiderman, to finish the manuscripts that she had started.
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