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The author best known as V.C. Andrews was born Cleo Virginia Andrews on June 16, 1923, in Portsmouth, Virginia. Her first published book was "Flowers in the Attic," published in 1979, the story of four children held hidden in their grandmother's attic. The series made Andrews virtually a household name, and she had completed four novels about the Dollanganger children before her death from breast cancer on December 19, 1986.
Since Andrews' death, her estate hired Andrew Neiderman to continue writing stories under her name. Neiderman completed the final novel in the Dollanganger series, and has gone on to write some 30 or more additional books published under Andrews' name. Experts consider that there are only 8 books actually written all or in part by Andrews herself.