After the Show Show : Mary and Carol Higgins Clark
Best-selling authors share writing secrets
- Duration 8:08
- Date Apr 13, 2012
Best-selling authors share writing secrets
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Welcome back mothers' -- comment and I heard Mary Higgins Clark on the radio the other day talking about how they roll out at least for your books every.
Year around Mother's Day because they have found.
-- that you are a great gift for Mother's Day as is your daughter Carol Higgins Clark who is that lady sitting to your right.
-- -- Ha why why are your books such good Mother's Day.
Well because neither one of us has explicit sex we don't have the Portland were enough.
You connect it to your mother you know men and all and end.
I've never felt it was necessary apparently not since you've been able to be a best selling author without written what forty how many books -- what you would like three yet again getting used.
A -- I was lucky what secret you know what's the secret to ready rip off the secret is simply being a good story -- Nothing more nothing less master storyteller.
As eyes and say this -- said Nolan not.
All right that.
What what is the perfect way to open -- book because with your kind of books and and we're gonna talk about -- a new book chipped in just a minute.
You know you gotta get you got to grab them fast because you figure that look at -- the story they're gonna we're gonna figure out the first -- -- effort to whether or not to spend twenty bucks.
Let you know supposedly.
Perfect line is it was -- it hearkens back I -- yeah.
-- it right there.
You learn how to be a great novelist because you were with when you are still -- -- her in the kitchen you were.
And that well I just read type -- -- and I studied acting and that helped with writing as well because you learn about characters' motivations and what are the stakes in this scene and that kind of thing and she likes to scare people I like to make people laugh in my book so they're different talents but writes about sex and dirty words in your books.
I know I had avoided that -- because you're worried about your mother -- yeah exactly it adds.
That's what it sexy sports written in the twentieth century I think whether -- not shut -- -- of your bedroom tonight and yeah.
But with the wind that you before you became the spectacularly successful.
Novels -- one of the great writers in the world.
And millions of millions of people.
-- -- -- -- -- life -- -- -- before.
Well I was -- out of five children counts that as we pan -- And died at 45 I was 36 and you what you what you do you work fortunately.
It's not true friend writing radio shadows and they asked him to take on my challenge.
Five -- -- week twenty bucks a script in thirteen week cycles.
So and that was it.
It was great experience for me because you know when you write on wheels you know timing on television.
You don't -- she won it's slowly through the room you she went.
And that is very good training to suspend writing.
To keep the words moving in this action -- -- and then my first -- now -- -- -- -- to a Washington became a best selling ten years ago.
But -- I decided let's see if I can write his suspense or because I'd love to read -- what was the first book about George Washington like its historical.
It -- it novel but absolutely accurate.
In this sense it at 2 o'clock in the afternoon that man turn and they -- having coffee or.
Not to do a lot of research.
Who would set that table I have validity of same.
What they would say but those people -- -- table so we did it was three years applied research to do to do.
But ten years ago as Mount -- love story you can itself.
Well as a Carol what's your motivation is not suspense or is it also and -- what do you like your rights and telling a good story.
My characters -- PI her mother's a mystery writer.
And you just sit down want to entertain people possess the nicest part when you hear from people saying.
Your book took my mind off my problems for a while -- made me laugh says.
It's really just when you set out to do it's just tell that -- now have you become Regan -- in your head.
I think she reflects the way I look at the world definitely and oh man.
Always like it when I was an LA last year right side guy trying keys in cars in -- parking lot and I followed him.
And and -- you know I found him down the steps and then it's on me so I turned away disappeared and I use that this book so I think -- always.
Being a little bit of its detect what do you guys watch the news and think I you know part of that story that real life story would be a good novel or.
Where you for instance that you're you're talking about -- somebody you know at that trade on Martin's case you got this and George Zimmermann.
That a neighborhood watch guy right he sees somebody and -- follows -- for a little while and now here we are.
Naturally all asymmetric -- that -- but I always take something good newspaper.
And say that.
There is the DNA of the story I don't write about that but I read this I pick up that situation.
And that's what Michael thought it -- -- it -- said.
Wouldn't it be interesting if we had a parchment a letter written by -- -- And that the bases and I think you're absolutely crazy -- -- but I kept going back to back to it and I believe yes.
Christ we knew he could -- I mean it was very well educated.
He -- -- that attitude -- of the -- the because -- hit that was the tomb in which she was late and even on Palm Sunday it was a Joseph of Darren at the I just and righteous man had the courage to go to -- And request the body of Christ to really delayed his -- children so -- could that happen is that happened and it could have happened.
At what people need to mill and we we've just met briefly.
Apart from you great success as a writer you you you know if you kindness in your philanthropy.
And you devotion.
To things religious and an -- -- Christ but what rolled -- Christ play if I get asked.
In your life if I get asked that question to personal.
Well well it's still -- send the day it's I'm a devout Catholic and I.
Obviously Christ is the price he's the son of god and his example is what you can -- do.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- As.
The way is the way that it's just listen to that and it's -- perfectly.
-- had -- And because you are so purple.
A lot of people are gonna wanna read your new book the lost years just to figure out.
-- because you are religious what would Mary Higgins Clark put in a letter from Jesus.
I've never quote the -- we just know that it's.
I'm gonna read it anyway -- -- about.
The last years -- debuts at number one on the New York Times bestseller list this week there was a gun and we.
And we are writes a check that out.
And then right there on that in the top fifteen and this is really hard to do her daughter Carol Higgins -- number eleven.
Yeah entitled to -- -- -- diet.
And the cut right to don't have to think he's a lawyer he would like that -- And magic yeah.
Did that day after that it.
Exit on ladies and Anchorage and on team and -- Atlanta.
And it's Miller time we're leaving.
Yeah and again about.