Mary Higgins Clark is an American author of suspense novels. Mary Higgins Clark's books are world-wide bestsellers. In the U.S. alone, her books have sold over 100 million copies. Each of her 42 books has been a bestseller in the United States and various European countries, and all of her novels remained in print as of 2007, with her debut suspense novel, Where Are The Children, in its seventy-fifth printing.
Her father - Irish immigrant Luke Higgins and her mother - American born Nora, also of Irish descent
Mary Higgins Clark was born Mary Theresa Eleanor Higgins on December 24, 1927, in the Bronx, New York, to Nora and Luke Higgins. She was born about a year and a half after the birth of her older brother, Joseph. Her younger brother John, followed three years later.
When Higgins Clark graduated from Saint Francis Xavier Grammar School she received a scholarship to continue her education at the Villa Maria Academy, a school run by the nuns of the Congregation de Notre Dame de Montreal. There, the principal and other teachers encouraged Higgins Clark to develop her writing, although they were somewhat less than pleased when she began spending her class time writing stories instead of paying attention to the lesson.
Mary Higgins Clark was made a Dame of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, a papal honor. She is also a Dame of Malta and a Lady of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. She received the Catholic Big Sisters Distinguished Service Award in 1998 and the Graymoor Award from the Franciscan Friars in 1999. Honors she has received include the Gold Medal of Honor from the American-Irish Historical Society (1993), the Spirit of Achievement Award from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University (1994), the National Arts Club's first Gold Medal in Education (1994), the Horatio Alger Award (1997), the Outstanding Mother of the Year Award (1998), the Bronx Legend Award (1999), the 2001 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Passionists' Ethics in Literature Award (2002), the first Reader's Digest Author of the Year Award 2002 and the Christopher Life Achievement Award in 2003. She is an active advocate and participant in literacy programs
1968 Aspire To The Heavens (reissued in 2000 as Mount Vernon Love Story)
1975 Where Are The Children?
1977 A Stranger is Watching
1980 The Cradle Will Fall
1982 A Cry in the Night
1987 Weep No More, My Lady
1989 While My Pretty One Sleeps
1989 The Anastasia Syndrome and Other Stories
1990 Voices in the Coal Bin (short story, only available as an audio book with Carol Higgins Clark's That's the Ticket)
1991 Loves Music, Loves to Dance
1992 All Around the Town
1993 I'll Be Seeing You
1993 Death on the Cape and Other Stories
1993 Milk Run and Stowaway (Two stories. Like Voices in the Coal Bin, never officially published out of anthologies)
1994 Remember Me
1994 The Lottery Winner and Other Stories
1995 Let Me Call You Sweetheart
1995 Silent Night
1996 Moonlight Becomes You
1996 My Gal Sunday: Henry and Sunday Stories
1997 Pretend You Don't See Her
1998 You Belong to Me
1998 All Through The Night
1999 We'll Meet Again
2000 Before I Say Good-Bye
2000 Deck the Halls (with daughter Carol Higgins Clark)
2001 On The Street Where You Live
2001 He Sees You When You're Sleeping (with daughter Carol Higgins Clark)
2002 Daddy's Little Girl
2003 The Second Time Around
2004 Nighttime Is My Time
2004 The Christmas Thief (with daughter Carol Higgins Clark)
2005 No Place Like Home
2006 Two Little Girls in Blue
2006 Santa Cruise (with daughter Carol Higgins Clark)
2007 Ghost Ship: A Cape Cod Story
2007 I Heard That Song Before
2008 Where Are You Now?
2008 Dashing Through the Snow (with daughter Carol Higgins Clark)
2009 Just Take My Heart
2010 The Shadow of Your Smile
2011 I'll Walk Alone
2011 The Magical Christmas Horse (illustrated by Wendell Minor)
2012 The Lost Years
1993 Mother Salut (with Amy Tan and Maya Angelou)
2001 Kitchen Privileges, A Memoir'
Outside of writing, Clark is a proud and active Irish American Catholic, and was made a Dame of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, a papal honor.
Author Mary Higgins Clark is a huge Republican fan. She's donated $10,000 to that Republican National Committee, and $5,000 to the New Jersey Republican Party.
"The Irish are, by nature, storytellers."
“When someone is mean to me, I just make them a victim in my next book.”
“Approach your lives as if they were novels, with their own heroes, villains, red herrings, and triumphs”
"If you want to be happy for life, love what you do."
"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."
American Society Journalists & Authors
Mystery Writers America (president 1987)
With all of her personal successes, she is quick to credit both her faith and her family for keeping her going when times were tough. She is charming, witty, outspoken and quite funny. She credits a good sense of humor as being a prime ingredient in a good marriage. When she's not writing or touring, you might find her traveling to an exotic locale, surfing the Net, renovating her new home, or spending time with her family.
“Ms. Reidy, the Simon & Schuster CEO, declines to weigh in on the matter, saying, "We don't even want to think about a time when we're not publishing Mary. When you have an author like Mary who publishes regularly at a regular time of year, has a very large audience that is predictable, and you know you're going to have that large sales infusion every year at that time, it gives you the profitability to keep your company running, to keep the lights on and keep people employed."
Louise Burke of Pocket Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint that sells one million paperback copies of Ms. Clark's books every year, says Ms. Clark has an unerring radar for what her readers want, and keeps delivering. "A lot of authors switch genres or want to try something different, but she continues to write the book her readers expect," she says.”
She was married three times and has 5 children. In 1996, Mary Higgins Clark married John Conheeney, the retired Chairman and CEO of Merrill-Lynch Futures. They live in Saddle River, New Jersey. Between them, they have sixteen grandchildren - Mary's six and John's ten.
Lady of Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, Dame of Ma...Lady of Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, Dame of Malta
recipient Gold Medal of Honor
American-Irish Hist. Society, 1993, Spirit of A...American-Irish Hist. Society, 1993, Spirit of Achievement award, Yeshiva University Albert Einstein College Medicine, 1994, Gold Medal in Education, National Arts Club, 1994, Horatio Alger award, 1997, Catholic Big Sisters Distinguished Service award, 1998, Gr