Mary Higgins Clark

Literary Voices 2012 Author & Speaker

Mary Higgins Clark

Mary Higgins Clark is the best-selling author of thirty-two suspense novels. Her first book, a 1968 historical novel about George Washington, was re-issued with the title “Mount Vernon Love Story” in 2002. With the publication of “Where Are the Children?” in 1975, she launched her career as a world-renowned writer of suspense thrillers. Her memoir, “Kitchen Privileges,” was published in 2002, while her first children’s book, “Ghost Ship,” illustrated by Wendell Minor, was published in 2007.

The New York Times has credited Mrs. Clark for “her intuitive grasp of the anxieties of everyday life that can spiral into full blown terror.” Critics have also praised her as a “superb storyteller” who “creates nightmarish situations that lie just beneath the surface of ordinary life.”

Mrs. Clark has been awarded 18 honorary doctorates, including one from her alma mater, Fordham University. Among her numerous honors and awards, she was made a Dame of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, the highest honor that can be offered to a layperson by the Pope. In 2001 she was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and she was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame in 2011.

In a letter to her readers in the 30th anniversary edition of her debut suspense novel, “Where Are the Children?”, Mrs. Clark writes, “One of the definitions of happiness is ‘to love what you do’ and I’ve been blessed because that gift was given to me. Over these years I have enjoyed telling stories and meeting so many of the wonderful people who are my readers, and I thank you for that.”