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Old 02-01-2020, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Leaving fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada
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I really enjoy her books. Thanks for the entertainment, Mary, and rest in peace....

Mary Higgins Clark bestselling mystery author who called NJ home dies at 92.
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Old 02-01-2020, 11:56 AM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I've loved to write since I was a kid. When I was a teenager, this woman who lived a few towns away from me made a splash with her novel, Where Are The Children?. The story in the local paper was that she was a widow who got up at 5 and wrote at the kitchen table before sending her kids off to school.

In my teenage years and young adulthood, I read many of her books, and even later, every once in a while, over the years I'd pick up another one. As a matter of fact, I gave one recently to my mother, who is a few months younger than MHC, and she was reading it when I visited her the other day.

In 2001 Woman's Day published an article I'd written, the only freelance writing for which I was ever paid well. WD also invited me to a luncheon at which then First-Lady Laura Bush was the keynote speaker. It was held at the fancy schmancy Pierre Hotel in New York City. I went into the ladies room, and when I came out of my stall, there was Mary Higgins Clark, who was also attending the luncheon, washing her hands.

I spoke with her and told her I'd been a long-time fan and asked if she was currently writing another book. She smiled and said she had a book due to the publisher a few months later and that she hadn't yet started it, but pointed to her head and said, "But I've got it all up here already."

(Then she walked out and the ladies room attendant came over and yanked on my skirt and said, "I don't think you want to walk out the door like that." I'd had a whole conversation with Mary Higgins Clark with the back of my skirt stuffed into my pantyhose.)

I'm 61 now, and after a lifetime of writing really dull nonfiction in the form of engineering Request for Proposals and then the proposals themselves, as well as having a few articles and short stories to my credit, I'm about 30,000 words into a historical novel that I've been playing with off and on for years. Think I might get back to it.

Rest in Peace, Ms. Clark. Thanks for the stories and the inspiration.
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Old 02-01-2020, 12:09 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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yes so sad no more books from her she died near my hometown . she died in naples florida I know she had a home there.RIP dear lady.
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Old 02-01-2020, 01:59 PM
 
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Rest In Peace
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Old 02-01-2020, 03:00 PM
 
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I can recall reading 3 of Ms. Clark's prolific literary offerings. They are 'A Stranger is Watching,' 'A Cry in the Night,' and 'Remember Me.'

All of them are noteworthy and recommended reading.
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