Abby L Vandiver

Biography

Abby L. Vandiver is a nom de gare.

Ms. Vandiver was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She has a bachelors in Economics, a masters in Public Administration and a Juris Doctor. In the Beginning is her debut novel. Originally written in 1997, In the Beginning some how got stored away and resurfaced in 2012 in her daughter's garage. She dusted it off and published it. Currently, Ms. Vandiver is working on the sequel, The Westbury End Book Club, due out in late 2013 as well as a series of books based on her family. The first in the series is entitled 1203.

Ms. Vandiver enjoys spending time with her family, especially her three grandchildren and traveling.

Smashwords Interview

Tell us a little about yourself.
Well, the best things about me right now, I think are two things, I am a grandmother and a newly published author. Other than that, I'm pretty boring. I am from Cleveland, Ohio. I have a degree in Economics, a masters in Public Administration and a Juris Doctor. I am a former lawyer and college professor.

I enjoy writing, and now write full time. I recently started a publishing company and hope to help other Indie authors to get their books published.
Tell us about your most recent book.
In the Beginning is my debut novel. It is a mystery/quasi sci-fi that mixes fact with fiction. I'm hesitant to label the book science fiction because it really doesn't have the common elements of that genre. However, near the end of the book, there are some "other worldly" goings on. The novel mixes fact with fiction, and while reading it you'll find yourself looking up the ideas presented in my book to see if they could really be true.

The book tells the story of Justin Dickerson, a Biblical archaeologists who finds evidence of 2,000 year old manuscripts that may have been destroyed. The book follows her quest to find those manuscripts and what secrets lie hidden within them. My book deals with depression, family, and man's need for dominion over all things. The fact and fiction become intertwined when it answers Earth's ancient mysteries, such as the extinction of dinosaurs, climate change, similar history of cultures spread across oceans and time, and so much more.

The book is not fast paced, or action packed (no car chases, or running through city streets looking for clues), but it is a page turner and it presents a history of this Earth that has never been told in any other story.
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Smashwords book reviews by Abby L Vandiver

  • x0 on July 21, 2012

    A gripping tale of despair, hope and an unlikely friendship that is forged through transmitted thoughts sent thousands of miles away and bound though faith. It mixes real life facts with fictional characters bringing them to life. A most enjoyable read. You won't want to put it down.
  • x0 on July 21, 2012

    A gripping tale of despair, hope and an unlikely friendship that is forged through transmitted thoughts sent thousands of miles away and bound though faith. It mixes real life facts with fictional characters bringing them to life. A most enjoyable read. You won't want to put it down.
  • The Gullwing Odyssey on Sep. 17, 2013

    The story in this book is hilarious. There is this courtroom scene that . . . and then the receptionist that needs a pencil holder because . . . Oh, yeah and BECAUSE. . . I know it makes no sense, what I just wrote, but neither did the magical, spiritual, extraordinary events of the book and that is why it is so good. The author couldn't have said it better when he wrote, in the book, no less, that the book was about religious zealots, neurotic dragon bureaucrats and bullying female sea captains. But there's more. A grandiloquent wizard, a cross dressing hero, a being that should be charged with gross sexual imposition, and the Ghost of Marco Yet to Come. Initially, I dove in the book with trepidation. I am not one for fantasy and didn't know if I'd be able to make it through, but it wasn't long before it got my attention. This is not just a "chuckle" funny, but laugh out loud (and laugh some more) funny. This book takes you through jungles, down by sea ports, across the sea and through the air. It is filled with colorful, outrageous characters and wraps everything up nicely at the end. It is a sesquipedalian romp, with several anachronisms thrown in. But, if you are a macroverbumsciolist the read may be a little tedious. In other words, Simon uses a lot of big words to tell his story. Too many I think. Some are fun, especially for the Chancellor, some make you run for the dictionary, but to make it more enjoyable for everyone (and this is certainly a story that everyone would enjoy), it would have been nice to have more fifty cent words in the narrative. When odd words are used they seem to pop out at you when used often. For instance, I grew tired of "splayed," "pall" and "backpedaled." But I did not grow tired of this book. It was amusing and entertaining. Some books make the assertion that they are funny, this one hits it right out of the "seven hells." The only other time I remember laughing this hard at scenes out of book was in Huckleberry Finn. Simon does an excellent job on the Gullwing Odyssey and you won't want to miss this one. I'm glad I had the opportunity to review it. I give this book 4 1/2 stars.