Mary Jane Clark

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Interview By: STrimble

Date: January 11, 2011

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When you first started writing books, did you ever imagine you'd be on the NYT Bestseller's list?

I hoped I would be. I think pretty much every writer imagines what it would be like.

Do you remember where you were when you heard the news that your book made the list? Who told you?

I was sitting on the step in front of my house in New Jersey. It was summertime and I can even remember what I was wearing, what shoes were on my feet. Matthew Shear of St. Martin's Press called to let me know.

What ran through your mind? What emotions did you feel?

The dream had come true! I pinched myself, thrilled, excited, happy and grateful.

Has becoming an NYT Bestseller helped you gain more recognition for being a successful author or is there no change?

There is something satisfying about being able to say it. I think it really does give you more recognition.

What is the best thing about being a member of such a prestigious list?

Just the accomplishment itself.

How did you get into writing?

I wrote at CBS News for years before I tried my hand at fiction writing. I had an idea for creating a fictional television news world and staffing it with characters that would go out to cover their journalistic assignments which would lead to mystery and suspense.

Do you see writing as a career, or just a hobby you indulge in when you have the time?

Definitely, a career.

What are you doing now that you have achieved recognition as a NYT Bestselling author? Working on a new story, taking a break or just basking in the accomplishment?

Continuing to write. To Have and To Kill, the first book in my new Wedding Cake Mystery series has just been published and I've spending a lot of time promoting that. I'm working now on the next book in that series.

What advice do you have for aspiring authors who have their hopes set on gaining this status?

It's good to have dreams. Just keep at.don't get discouraged. Also, realize that, if you don't make that list, it doesn't mean that you're not successful.

What are your goals for the future?

To write more.and more.and more. And to take time to appreciate the blessings I have. I try to do that, but, sometimes, I fall short.