Mary Higgins Clark was born in New York on Christmas Eve in 1927. Her father died when she was ten years old, and she went to secretarial school after high school so that she would be able to get a job to help her mother pay the bills. When she was 29, she sold her first short story after receiving forty rejections. The first book Clark wrote was a fictionalized biography of George Washington entitled Aspire to the High Heavens. Her next book, the suspense novel Where Are the Children?, was an instant hit and set her on the course of her best-selling career which has now spanned over thirty years. Her latest book is the mystery I Heard That Song Before.