Mary Higgins Clark

Literary Birthday – 24 December – Mary Higgins Clark

Mary Higgins Clark was born 24 December 1929 and died 31 January 2020.

Mary Higgins Clark: Eight Quotes

  1. One of the best clues about what to write is what one likes to read, and I had always loved reading suspense.
  2. When I was writing my third or fourth book, A Cry in the Night, I wanted it to be a combination of Psycho and Rebecca. I wrote the first paragraph and the last paragraph of every chapter of Rebecca and I did a synopsis of what was in each chapter just to see how [Daphne du Maurier] she was able to build that suspense.
  3. I loved the Bronte sisters. In the mystery field I always loved Sherlock Holmes. I read Dickens, of course, because Dickens is Dickens.
  4. I think the bottom line in my judgement is, is it a good story? Are you a good storyteller? And I’ll let others judge whether or not I’m a good writer but, by God, I know I’m a good storyteller.
  5. Readers identify with my characters. I write about people going about their daily lives, not looking for trouble, who are suddenly plunged into menacing situations.
  6. After I got married, I signed up for a writing course at New York University. There, I got advice from a professor which has always served me well. He said: ‘Take a dramatic incident you are familiar with and go with it.’
  7. When someone is mean to me, I just make them a victim in my next book.
  8. The first four months of writing the book, my mental image is scratching with my hands through granite. My other image is pushing a train up the mountain, and it’s icy, and I’m in bare feet.

Mary Higgins Clark was an American author of suspense fiction. Each of her books was a best-seller in the United States. Her debut novel, Where Are The Children, is in its 75th printing. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies in the US alone. America’s ‘Queen of Suspense’ wrote for six years and received 40 rejection slips before she sold her first short story for $100. Two of her novels were made into feature films, Where Are the Children? and A Stranger Is Watching. Many of her other works were made into television films.

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Posted on: 24th December 2012