Death of a Legend #ThursdayThoughts

I’ve written about Mary Higgins Clark before. I came across her first suspense novel, Where Are The Children in the late seventies and was hooked. In a recent post, I named some of my favorite novels written by her.

So, I was saddened to learn the Queen of Suspense passed away on January 31 at the age of 92 from complications of old age.

Not only did I enjoy reading her books, but she also inspired me as a writer. Here are a few things about her.

  • Each of her fifty-six novels have become best sellers
  • There are over 100 million copies of her books in print
  • She remained with the same publisher, Simon & Schuster, her entire writing career
  • Like many authors, she had numerous rejections before her first novel was accepted for publication, but she never gave up.

I could write more, but I’ll let you listen to her own words. I think they will inspire you. She is a testiment to the fact we should never give up our dreams.

27 comments

  1. Great post. She was a class act. I got to listen to her at a Bouchercon once a long time ago. She was encouraging and funny, and writers on other panels had great stories to tell about her. I got the impression that anyone who knew her well really liked her.

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  2. She was one of my favorites through the years. I think of her raising a family and finding time to write, even if it had to be out in the car. Thanks for doing a tribute.

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  3. I love this post, and her description of her earliest writings is exactly how I remember my first poems at age 5. Sooner or later, something that much a part of you has to find it’s way out, even if it takes decades to do so. I’m so glad she found her way MUCH sooner, and left behind such a wonderful legacy! Bless her for inspiring so many of us and for writing such wonderful books. I read a ton of them over the years. And now I’m in the mood to re-read some in her honor.

    Thanks for a great post, Joan! Sharing!! 🙂

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    1. I loved how she phrased that. I can recall scribbling stories here and there when I was around ten. I knew that I wanted to be a writer. And like you, I feel like digging out some of her books and reading them again.

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