Family Secrets

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If you've ever wondered at a dynamic that allows both mother and daughter to pursue competing careers as suspense-writers and also regularly collaborate, well, you'll get a charge out of NPR's interview with the Higgins-Clarks.

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Carol, the youngest of four children, says it was helping type mother Mary's novels that inspired her own career. "That's really what got me into [writing], because I'd talk to her about the characters and the plot...It was great for me to learn about how to write." As to the inherent tension of writing in the same genre, Carol says, "Oh, we wouldn't steal from each other. We actually fax each other pages as we're working on our separate books, just to get feedback." Adds Mary, "You need fresh eyes you can count on to say, 'That's fine. What are you worried about?'" [NPR]

DISCUSSION

After I finished off the children's section of my small town library at the tender age of 11, the librarian started me on Mary Higgins Clark, which I loved. Some of those stories still stick with me now. Only read one of Carol's and don't remember being that into it, but I may try it again sometime soon.