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V. C. Andrews (1923–1986)

Author of Flowers In The Attic

284+ Works 61,158 Members 718 Reviews 80 Favorited

About the Author

Born on June 6, 1924 in Portsmouth, Va., Virginia Cleo ("V. C.") Andrews was one of three children of William Henry and Lillian Lilnora. Andrews worked as a commercial fashion and portrait artist for a time. However, after her father's death in the late 1960s and the family's subsequent move to show more Manchester, Mo, she began what she described as "closet" writing. It was her publisher's decision to use the initials V. C. rather than her full name. This was done for the purpose of neutralizing her gender so as to sell to adult male audiences; the common belief was that men did not like to read books by women writers. Andrews eventually became a full-time writer. Her first novel was a science fiction fantasy entitled The Gods of the Green Mountains, published in 1972. In 1980, she published the bestseller Flowers in the Attic, followed by Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows; all of which comprise the Dollanganger Series. Andrews died of breast cancer on December 19, 1986, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. After her death, her family hired a ghost writer, Andrew Neiderman, to finish the manuscripts she had started. He would complete the next two novels, Garden of Shadows and Fallen Hearts, and they were published soon after. These two novels are considered the last to bear the "V. C. Andrews" name and to be almost completely written by Andrews herself. She left a legacy of books that have been sold worldwide and translated into 13 foreign languages. (Bowker Author Biography) V.C. Andrews' novels have sold more than eighty-five million copies and have been translated into sixteen foreign languages. All 38 of V.C. Andrews' novels have hit the New York Times bestseller list. (Publisher Provided) show less
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Series

Works by V. C. Andrews

Flowers In The Attic (1979) 6,419 copies, 189 reviews
Petals On The Wind (1980) 3,116 copies, 46 reviews
If There Be Thorns (1981) 2,703 copies, 33 reviews
Seeds Of Yesterday (1984) 2,286 copies, 27 reviews
Garden Of Shadows (1987) 2,167 copies, 27 reviews
My Sweet Audrina (1982) 1,934 copies, 38 reviews
Heaven (Casteel Saga) (1985) 1,713 copies, 27 reviews
Dark Angel (1986) 1,448 copies, 19 reviews
Fallen Hearts (1988) 1,321 copies, 15 reviews
Gates of Paradise (1989) 1,243 copies, 16 reviews
Web of Dreams (1990) 1,242 copies, 12 reviews
Dawn (1990) 1,174 copies, 12 reviews
Ruby (Landry Saga) (1994) 1,102 copies, 12 reviews
Secrets of the Morning (1990) 1,043 copies, 7 reviews
Twilight's Child (Cutler) (1990) 970 copies, 2 reviews
Midnight Whispers (1990) 933 copies, 5 reviews
Pearl in the Mist (1994) 932 copies, 4 reviews
All That Glitters (1995) 874 copies, 6 reviews
Melody (1996) 869 copies, 4 reviews
Hidden Jewel (1995) 845 copies, 5 reviews
Darkest Hour (1993) 845 copies, 5 reviews
Unfinished Symphony (1997) 768 copies, 1 review
Tarnished Gold (1996) 761 copies, 5 reviews
Heart Song (1997) 749 copies, 2 reviews
Music in the Night (Logan) (1998) 708 copies, 4 reviews
Rain (Hudson Family, Book 1 (2000) 681 copies, 4 reviews
Olivia (1999) 672 copies, 1 review
Runaways (1998) 631 copies, 3 reviews
Lightning Strikes (Hudson Family) (2000) 604 copies, 3 reviews
Eye of the Storm (Hudson Family) (2000) 575 copies, 2 reviews
Into the Garden (Wildflowers) (1999) 530 copies, 1 review
The End of the Rainbow (2000) 526 copies, 3 reviews
Willow (2002) 521 copies, 3 reviews
Butterfly (1998) 513 copies, 5 reviews
Celeste (2004) 489 copies, 9 reviews
Crystal (1998) 467 copies, 3 reviews
Brooke (1998) 464 copies, 3 reviews
Raven (1998) 443 copies, 3 reviews
Wicked Forest (2002) 439 copies, 1 review
Twisted Roots (2002) 436 copies
Black Cat (2004) 421 copies, 4 reviews
Secrets In The Attic (2007) 418 copies, 5 reviews
Broken Wings (2003) 416 copies, 1 review
Misty (Wildflowers) (1999) 399 copies
Into The Woods (2003) 393 copies
Falling Stars (2001) 385 copies
Jade (1999) 372 copies
Star (1999) 372 copies
Child Of Darkness (2005) 368 copies, 3 reviews
Orphans (1998) 366 copies, 1 review
Midnight Flight (2003) 366 copies, 3 reviews
Cat (1999) 360 copies
Hidden Leaves (2003) 354 copies
Broken Flower (2006) 349 copies, 4 reviews
Cinnamon (2001) 348 copies, 1 review
April Shadows (2005) 338 copies, 2 reviews
Scattered Leaves (2007) 319 copies, 3 reviews
The Wildflowers - Misty, Star, Jade, Cat (1999) 299 copies, 1 review
Daughter Of Darkness (2010) 296 copies, 7 reviews
Honey (2001) 296 copies, 2 reviews
Girl In The Shadows (2006) 295 copies, 1 review
Ice (2001) 295 copies
Rose (2001) 292 copies
Secrets In The Shadows (2008) 290 copies
Delia's Crossing (2008) 271 copies, 3 reviews
Shooting Stars Omnibus (2001) 251 copies, 1 review
The Heavenstone Secrets (2009) 242 copies, 1 review
Delia's Heart (2008) 238 copies, 1 review
Secret Whispers (2010) 216 copies, 1 review
Delia's Gift (2009) 213 copies, 1 review
Secrets of Foxworth (2014) 204 copies, 5 reviews
The Unwelcomed Child (2014) 202 copies, 5 reviews
Family Storms (2011) 197 copies, 3 reviews
If There Be Thorns / Seeds of Yesterday (2010) 181 copies, 3 reviews
Secret Brother (Dollanganger) (2015) 173 copies, 2 reviews
Cloudburst (2011) 161 copies, 2 reviews
Forbidden Sister (2013) 144 copies, 6 reviews
Into The Darkness (2012) 133 copies, 1 review
The Mirror Sisters (2016) 133 copies, 4 reviews
Daughter Of Light (2012) 130 copies
Beneath the Attic (2019) 130 copies, 4 reviews
Whitefern (2) (The Audrina Series) (2016) 126 copies, 6 reviews
Bittersweet Dreams (2015) 116 copies, 3 reviews
Roxy's Story (2013) 113 copies, 2 reviews
Sage's Eyes (2016) 105 copies, 9 reviews
Broken Glass (2017) 87 copies, 2 reviews
The Silhouette Girl (2019) 86 copies, 2 reviews
Casteel Series Books 1-5 (1985) 84 copies, 4 reviews
Whispering Hearts (House of Secrets) (2020) 76 copies, 1 review
Echoes in the Walls (House of Secrets) (2018) 68 copies, 1 review
House of Secrets (2018) 68 copies
Gods of Green Mountain (2004) 58 copies, 2 reviews
Dark Seed (2001) 56 copies
Landry Saga (1989) 54 copies, 1 review
Capturing Angels (2012) 44 copies, 1 review
Out of the Rain (2021) 41 copies
Heaven / Dawn / Ruby (1997) 36 copies
The Forbidden Heart (2013) 35 copies
Becoming My Sister (2022) 34 copies
The De Beers Family Series (2002) 19 copies, 1 review
Donna (The Girls of Spindrift Book 2) (2017) 15 copies, 1 review
Cage of Love (2001) 7 copies
April Shadows AND Girl in the Shadows (2006) 6 copies, 1 review
Petalos al viento (1983) 4 copies, 1 review
Les Jumeaux -1 Céleste (2007) 4 copies
背徳のオルゴール (1991) 3 copies
Les secrets de l'aube (1994) 3 copies
Wild flowers (2003) 2 copies
La hora más oscura (2006) 2 copies, 1 review
Kto wiatr sieje (2013) 2 copies
Delia-serie 2 copies
Les démons de la nuit (1996) 2 copies
Rain [2006 film] (2007) — Author — 2 copies
Svart Ängel 2 copies
Enfant du crepuscule (1994) 2 copies
Fortiden fanger (1988) 2 copies
Les racines veneneuses (2004) 1 copy
Mroczny las (2017) 1 copy
Ogrod cieni (2013) 1 copy
Upadle serca (2014) 1 copy
Omnibus (2010) 1 copy
Rodzina Casteel (2013) 1 copy
Aurora 1 copy
Petals on the Wind (2014) 1 copy
Gypsy Eyes 1 copy
Muted Voices 1 copy
Gyngestolen (1985) 1 copy
En plass på jorden (1985) 1 copy
6 V.c. Andrews Books (1994) 1 copy
Dunkle Sterne (2005) 1 copy
Eden's Children (2023) 1 copy
Simsek (2009) 1 copy
Moja zlatá Audrina (2001) 1 copy
De venter på mor... (1988) 1 copy
Djevelens yngel (1981) 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Andrews, V. C.
Legal name
Andrews, Virginia Cleo
Other names
Andrews, Virginia C.
Birthdate
1923-06-06
Date of death
1986-12-19
Burial location
Olive Branch Cemetery, Portsmouth, Virginia, USA
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Portsmouth, Virginia, USA
Place of death
Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
Cause of death
breast cancer
Places of residence
Portsmouth, Virginia, USA(birth)
Manchester, Missouri, USA
Apache Junction, Arizona, USA
Education
Woodrow Wilson High School, Portsmouth, Virginia, USA
Occupations
novelist
author
writer
portrait painter
fashion illustrator
Short biography
Cleo Virginia (she later reversed her names) Andrews was the youngest of three children. She grew up in Portsmouth, Virginia and excelled in school -- she skipped both the third and the sixth grades. As a teenager, she had a serious accident, falling down the stairs at school and suffering severe hip and back injuries, and later arthritis, that caused her to spend most of her life on crutches or in a wheelchair.
After graduation from high school, she completing a four-year correspondence art course while living at home. Following the death of her father, Andrews and her mother moved first to Missouri and then to Arizona to be near her brothers. Andrews helped to support her family through her successful career as a commercial artist, portrait painter, and fashion illustrator.

She originally kept her writing a secret. She sold three Gothic romances under a pseudonym and without an agent, and before that she wrote stories for pulp confession magazines. In 1975, she completed a manuscript for a novel she titled The Obsessed. The novel was returned to her with the suggestion that she "spice it up" and expand the story. In interviews, Andrews claims to have made the revisions in a single night, re-submitting the book as Flowers in the Attic. This novel, published in 1979, was an instant and hugely popular success, reaching the top of the bestseller lists in only two weeks. The publisher assigned her the pen name of V.C. Andrews to mask her gender from readers. Every year after that until her death from breast cancer, Andrews published a new novel, each one earning her larger advances and a wider audience -- making her one of the most popular authors of all time.

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Reviews

Interesting. Scary. Weird. I'm not sure how I felt about the book in the end, though it was well written.
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LaPhenix | 188 other reviews | Jul 8, 2024 |
Holy crap. This book was fantastic. An awful story, to be sure, but absolutely riveting.
 
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HRHSophie | 188 other reviews | May 30, 2024 |
Really draws you in and holds your interest. Well written and makes you feel like you really know the main character.
 
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cdeboard | 2 other reviews | May 29, 2024 |
I'd heard about this one so often but had no idea what it was about, so I decided on it as a quickie Kindle read. If I hadn't gotten through so much of it, and if I hadn't wanted to finish it at that point for the 75 Books Challenge for 2024, I would have applied the Pearl Rule because it's nothing more than "Gothic Harlequin." Rather than read the remainder of the series, I did a quickie plot review on Wikipedia. Definitely not the kind of fictional place that I want to go.and 1* is probably generous.… (more)
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CurrerBell | 188 other reviews | Mar 7, 2024 |

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Works
284
Also by
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Members
61,158
Popularity
#235
Rating
½ 3.5
Reviews
718
ISBNs
2,172
Languages
20
Favorited
80

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