Monday, October 14, 2013

Abby Vandiver Virtual Dream4More Interview

Author Name: Abby L. Vandiver
Book Title: In the Beginning
Publisher: Media Web Publishing, Inc.

Synopsis or Blurb: Not fast paced or action packed, 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 and is trying 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 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 . . .

Dream 4 More Blog Interview: 

What inspired you to write this book?

Right now what is inspiring me to write is that my book, In the Beginning, is an Amazon #1 Best Seller. I am so happy, I just want to write all day and get another book out there. But mostly, I like to talk and share with people about a host of things and what better way than to write? You meet other authors who enjoy the same things you do, you get feedback, good or bad, from your readers.

Share one of your dreams and how are you putting forth effort to make it a reality.

One of my dreams is to never have to go out of the house to work again. Lol. And certainly, being a writer is helping me to do that. It is so nice to stay at home and sit in front of the computer and write. Now don’t get me wrong I worked for more than thirty-five years, so this is a dream I’ve had a long time. Writing might just make that dream come true.

Tell us 4 things that people would love to know about you that we don’t already know.

Well, people really don’t know anything about me. I’m a brand new author and haven’t had many opportunities that this one, to be interviewed about my and my book. But here goes.1). I graduated from high school when I was sixteen. I completely skipped the 12th grade; 2) I have three degrees, but in spite of getting out of school so young, I still didn’t get my first degree until I was thirty-six years old; 3). I am a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc; and 4) At one time I worked as the Registrar for the City of Cleveland and anyone born or died during that time their Certificate carries my name and signature. So if my writing doesn’t leave a lasting mark of me, those birth and death certificates will.

Name your future plans and how you’re building on that dream.

My future plans are to keep writing books. I so enjoy it and more so than that, I enjoy sharing my books with other people. I am so delighted when others read my book.

Who are you bringing on the dream journey with you, if any?

Just me. I’ve learned to enjoy my company. I have long-time friends, and family is always close. But I like spending time with me. But, on the other hand since writing books is part of my dream I suspect that I won’t be along because I will have a cast of characters sharing my time with me.

Who are you modeling after or use as a living example to keep you accomplishing your writing talent?

To become better at my craft, if that’s what you mean, I only look to me. I endeavor every day to be a better writer. I do that by reading other authors’ work, by reviewing English grammar and by speaking with others. And to ensure I’m getting better I look to comments and critiques from my readers.

Share in brief your writing process (e.g. time of hour you write, best time of the day or night, setbacks or disappointments, and obstacles to undergo as an author).

I am so not like any other writer I’ve met. I write on napkins and receipts and backs of envelopes. Wherever I am and whatever I have handy when an idea hits I jot it down. I don’t do an outline and sometimes I’m not even sure of the direction of the story until I’m well into it. And who can say how much time? You have to edit, re-edit and edit some more and that takes forever!

What advice do you have for your readers and/or other authors?

Get another pair of eyes! It is so hard to catch your own mistakes. I go over my work time and time again and still can find mistakes. It is so hard, especially for self-published or indie authors to get someone to read their books. But do try. It will be well worth it.

What goals are you soaring for (Soar 4 Your Encore)?

I’m too old to really have goals that I want to attain. I’ve done what I really wanted to do and that was marry the man I wanted to marry and get a college degree. I did both of those for whatever it was worth. So, now my goal, if you want to call it that, is just to keep this ole’ body going for another fifty-five years.

Join us for her radio interview on Dream4More Radio and hopefully a Spreecast web cam interview.


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