When I first began reading seriously, the only books I would read were by Sidney Sheldon and Mary Higgins Clark, so it is with great sadness to learn Mary Higgins Clark passed away on Friday. She was 92-years old.
She truly was one of a kind, working hard to earn the title Queen of Suspense. Her suspense novels were about women beating the odds. She sold over a 100 million books just in the U.S. Below is a clip of an interview with her regarding her childhood home, writing, rejections, and her books.
“When she was 11, her father, Luke, an Irish immigrant who had owned a thriving pub before the Depression, died, leaving her mother, Nora, with three children. A few years later, she lost her beloved older brother.”https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/31/books/mary-higgins-clark-dead.html
“She and Warren Clark, from her neighborhood in the Bronx, fell in love, and he proposed on their first date… Ms. Higgins Clark endured a rain of rejection slips for the next several years before she sold her first story, “Stowaway,” to Extension magazine in 1956…”https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/31/books/mary-higgins-clark-dead.html
“By then she had three children: Marilyn, Warren Jr. and David. The fourth, born in 1956, was named Carol for a character in that story. The youngest, Patricia, was born in 1958… After 14 years of a marriage, Warren Clark, who worked in the shipping and airline industries, died of a heart attack in 1964, when Ms. Higgins Clark was 37. Soon she was looking for a job again, but she did not abandon her fiction writing. She rose before dawn to churn out pages while her children slept, then car-pooled to Manhattan to work at the Gordon R. Tavistock advertising agency.”https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/31/books/mary-higgins-clark-dead.html
“In 1988, The New York Times reported that she had broken a record for what was believed to be “the first eight-figure agreement involving a single author.” The multi-book contract guaranteed her at least $10.1 million… Simon & Schuster said that all of her 56 books beginning with “Where Are the Children?” had been best sellers.”https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/31/books/mary-higgins-clark-dead.html
It has been a long time since I’ve read a Mary Higgins Clark book, so in memory of her, I shall add one of hers to my shelf. If you enjoy suspense, I suggest you buy one of her books, one I remember, Weep No More, My Lady.
For more information, visit Mary Higgins Clark’s website.
RIP Mary Higgins Clark.
Young Reader and Life,