Author Spotlight! Abby L. Vandiver

I have a very special guest today, Abby L. Vandiver. Her book, In The Beginning, has been an Amazon best seller! Thank you for joining us today!

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Author Bio:

Abby L. Vandiver is a nom de gare.

Born and raised in Ohio, Ms. Vandiver is a former lawyer and college professor of Economics. She holds a bachelors in Economics, a masters in Public Administration and a Juris Doctor. These days, Ms. Vandiver enjoys writing and endeavors to devote all her extra time to it.
Her debut novel, In the Beginning, an Amazon #1 BEST SELLER in its category was written on a whim, put in a box for more than a decade, and finally pulled out, dusted off and published in 2013. It has inspired her to write a sequel as well as start a series of books loosely based on her family.
Ms. Vandiver resides in Cleveland, Ohio and has three wonderful grandchildren, Gavin, Sydne and Riley. Look for more from this new and talented author.
Brief Synopsis of In The Beginning:

In the Beginning: An Amazon #1 Best Seller

Not fast paced or action pact, In the Beginning is thought provoking and a page turner. Set in 1997, it follows Biblical Archaeologist Justin Dickerson, who is unhappy with her life in general and has decided to run away from her problems. Intervening, her mentor asks that she go with him to the Fifty Year Jubilee commemorating the finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Jerusalem. There she finds that in 1949 Jerusalem some of the 2,000 year old manuscripts, hidden in clay pots in the caves of Qumran, may have been destroyed.

Justin, obsessed with this revelation, is determined to get to the bottom of the deceit. Uncontrollable emotion takes hold of her, and family and faith help guide her as she unfolds the truth of Earth’s ancient mysteries discovering what really happened In the Beginning . .

Purchase In the Beginning:

Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble
Interview with the Author:
Briefly tell us about the book(s) you have published.

I’ve only published one. In the Beginning is my debut novel. It is not fast paced or action packed, but it is thought provoking and a page turner. It has been compared to Dan Brown’s books, but I wrote mine six years before he emerged and also to the Indiana Jones movies. I find the comparison to that adventure series very complimentary. In the Beginning follows Justin Dickerson, a Biblical archaeologist, on her quest to discover what lies hidden in 2,000 year old manuscripts. What she finds, however, are the answer to Earth’s ancient mysteries.

What motivated you to write your book(s)?

I really don’t know what made me write the book. I remember I had just lost my job and instead of thinking I should fine tune my resume and look for another job, I decided I would write a book.

What do you think your book(s) offer to your readers?

I think that my book offers a fresh, unique look at the age old mysteries that surround our ancient ancestors and what they were able to accomplish, such as building the pyramids, brain surgery and the carvings into the Nazca Plains in Peru. I think that my book is one of a kind in its premise and I wonder if any readers of sci-fi can prove me wrong!

Who is your favorite character from your book? Why?

My favorite character is Justin, the main character in In the Beginning. I made her a lot like me so I can really relate to her. In the book she suffers from depression but I think she really shows strength (albeit while acting a little crazy) by accomplishing all she does. Depression can be a very debilitating illness, but she figures out the secrets of the universe, sort of speak, against all odds.

Do you prefer pen/paper or the computer when you write?

I like writing it out the best, I think. I like to fill up notebooks and scraps of paper with all my thoughts on the book. But sometimes I scold myself about that because it makes me do double work. The time I spend on writing it out long hand I could spend typing it into the computer. But I still do it.

What do you do to get yourself to focus when you’re writing a scene? (music, location, etc)

I may have the radio or TV on, but when I write I zone out. I am certainly not one to have any kind of ritual when I write. I really just stumbled on writing as a profession. I had never thought of it until recently. So no mood, lighting, or magic needed. Just when something pops into my head, I write it down.

Do you prefer reality or fantasy?

Definitely reality. But not non-fiction. I just like books, whatever the genre, to be plausible. To be as much like reality as they can.

Who are your favorite authors?

Me. (Can I say that).

Out of all of the books you’ve read, which books have “stuck” with you?

It’s a book called The Mirror. I must have read that book more than 30 years ago, maybe longer. I can’t tell you who the author is, but all I know is I can remember that book like I read it yesterday. It’s about a girl who looks in the mirror and is pulled through it, back in time and becomes her grandmother as a young woman. I just love that book.

What type of advice would you give other indie authors?

GET A PROOFREADER! (I know the name of a good one if you need it). It is so hard to catch your own mistakes. I learned that the hard way. Get someone to look over your manuscript, because for some reason, which I don’t agree with, reviewers are assessing your book with misspelled words as a factor. So, be circumspect.

Have you had any regrets regarding this writing/publishing/marketing process? Is there anything you would do different?

Nope. Not one thing.

Since you started this journey in writing, what are some positives and some negatives you’ve encountered?

Yes, just like in any experience there are good and bad things. One of the negative things is people basing their judgment of my book based on their beliefs. My book is just for fun. I am not purporting any secret agenda or trying to prove a point. I just want people to sit back and enjoy the book. One of the positives is all the great authors that I’ve met.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I like to go to the movies, and I love to shop and travel.

Tell us your most memorable or proudest moment.

When In the Beginning became an Amazon #1 Best Seller. You can’t beat that feeling.

Tell us something interesting about you that your readers may not know.

That just like Justin in my book, I suffer from depression.

Finally, if you could say something to your readers, what would it be?


Thank you for joining us! It’s always a pleasure to have another author on my blog, especially a number one Amazon best selling author!

About Jalpa Williby

Jalpa Williby was born in India and immigrated to the United States at the tender age of eight. A voracious reader, Williby’s adolescence was marked by a promising academic career. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science from the University of Illinois, Williby went on to earn her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University. Her passion for helping her patients led her to a specialty in neuroscience, focusing on children and adults with neurological impairments. For the past 20 years, Williby has worked as a Physical Therapist, a career she loves because she gets to make a difference, “One person at a time!” When she is not working, she enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her husband and her three children. Juggling her time as a wife, a mother, and working fulltime, her love and passion for books never subsided. Some of her favorite books are A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Twilight Series, and The Hunger Games Trilogy. When asked what inspired her to write her debut novel, Chaysing Dreams, Williby answers simply, “Because I have a story to share.”

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