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MARY HIGGINS CLARK AND S&S/POCKET BOOKS TO INK BOOK AGREEMENT

 MARY HIGGINS CLARK AND S&S/POCKET BOOKS TO INK BOOK AGREEMENT
 NEW YORK, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Bestselling suspense writer Mary Higgins Clark and Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books, which have enjoyed a long relationship since the author's first book in 1975, announced the successful completion of negotiations for a long-term, multi-book agreement. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed by the publisher.
 The new agreement -- which is for four novels, a new collection of short stories and a memoir -- is the second in four years between Mary Higgins Clark and her publisher. Under the terms, Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books hold world publication and audio rights, while the author has reserved all motion picture and TV rights. Seven of her works have been made into motion picture or TV films. Both deals were negotiated by Eugene H. Winick of McIntosh & Otis, Inc.
 Mary Higgins Clark's books, of which there are ten, are worldwide bestsellers. In the U.S. alone, there are over 22 million copies of her books in print. Her latest novel, All Around The Town, is her most successful to date, with over 550,000 hardcover copies in print and reaching the top of the bestseller list by its second week of publication. Her next novel, I'll Be Seeing You, will be published in hardcover by Simon & Schuster in May 1993.
 "I am proud of continuing my long association with Simon & Schuster, my first and only publisher, particularly at a time in our society when it's considered "normal" for athletes, business executives, movie stars and -- authors -- to change affiliations almost as often as they change their clothes," said Mary Higgins Clark.
 "I also am delighted to be continuing my relationship with Jack Romanos (president of S&S Consumer Group), Carolyn Reidy (president and publisher of the Trade Division), Michael Korda (editor-in-chief of the Trade Division), Jack McKeown (senior vice president and director of publishing operations) and Bill Grose (vice president and editorial director of Pocket Books)," she added. "I feel very fortunate to have Dick Snyder, with whom I enjoy a warm personal relationship, at the helm of my publishing house."
 Speaking on behalf of the publisher, Mr. Romanos said, "Simon & Schuster and Mary Higgins Clark have a truly unique relationship dating back to the 1970's, when we published Mary's first book. We're obviously happy about the agreement, but even more so for what it represents -- the continuation of a long, mutually admiring and fruitful association for many years to come."
 Mary Higgins Clark is the author of nine best-selling novels, Where Are My Children?, A Stranger is Watching, The Cradle Will Fall, A Cry in the Night, Stillwatch, Weep No More, My Lady, While My Pretty One Sleeps, Loves Music, Loves to Dance and All Around the Town, and one collection of short stories, The Anastasia Syndrome & Other Stories, all published in hardcover by Simon & Schuster. The books also are available in paperback. All Around the Town will be published by Pocket Books in January 1993.
 Simon & Schuster is the publishing operation of Paramount Communications Inc.
 MARY HIGGINS CLARK: "The Queen of Suspense"
 One of America's most dynamic and most admired suspense writers, Mary Higgins Clark is the author of nine bestselling novels, Where Are the Children?, A Stranger is Watching, The Cradle Will Fall, A Cry in the Night, Stillwatch, Weep No More, My Lady, While My Pretty One Sleeps, Loves Music, Loves to Dance and All Around the Town and one collection of short stories, The Anastasia Syndrome & Other Stories, all published in hardcover by Simon & Schuster. The author's books also are available in paperback from S&S' Pocket Books. All Around the Town will be published by Pocket Books in January 1993.
 The key to Mary Higgins Clark's phenomenal popularity is the loyalty of her readers. During book signing sessions across the country, she is delighted to meet her many fans who are longtime readers of her stories and who own most, if not all, of her books.
 Mary Higgins Clark has distinguished herself by writing about nice people who are abruptly plunged into menacing situations. The characters are individuals with whom her readers identify -- people going about their daily business, not looking for trouble. The inspiration for her plots comes from real life and she attends criminal trials regularly as background for her material. "Coincidence is a major element in crime," she comments. "I have been shocked and saddened to see how life and death can hinge on tiny twists of fate."
 For all of her books, Mary Higgins Clark does extensive research. In her bestseller, Loves Music, Loves to Dance, for example, she utilized the personal ads phenomenon. For her current bestselling novel, All Around the Town, her most successful book ever, she researched multiple personality disorders, which became the central theme of her psychological thriller.
 Currently recognized as "The Queen of Suspense," Mary Higgins Clark always wanted to be a writer. "From the time I was seven, I started writing diaries," she says. Yet, her road to becoming a world-renowned author held formidable obstacles. Her father died when she was 11 years old. Her mother rented rooms to keep the house going for Mary and her two brothers. "A number of paying guests served as models for the characters in my books," she recalls.
 After graduation from high school, Mary Higgins Clark went to secretarial school, then worked in an advertising agency. An itch for travel led to her taking a job as a Pan Am stewardess. "My run was Europe, Africa and Asia," she explains. "I was in a revolution in Syria and on the last flight into Czechoslovakia before the Iron Curtain went down."
 She married a neighbor, Warren Clark, quit her stewardess job and signed up for a fiction writing course. Widowed at 36 and supporting five children, she went to work writing radio scripts. To continue writing fiction, she would awaken at 5 a.m. each day and write at the kitchen table until seven a.m., before getting the kids ready for school.
 "When Simon & Schuster gave me a down payment in 1974 for my first suspense novel, Where Are the Children?, I thought I had gone to heaven," says Mary Higgins Clark. The book became her first bestseller and is now in its 71st printing.
 The success of Where Are the Children?, published in 1975, gave her the opportunity to catch up on things she always wanted to do, the most important of which was going to college. She enrolled at Fordham University in New York, where she attended evening classes for five years. In 1979, she graduated summa cum laude in philosophy. Mary Higgins Clark has since received four honorary doctorates. In 1980, she received the Grand Prix de Literature of France. She was chairman of the last International Crime congress, held in New York. She is a past president and current board member of the Mystery Writers of America.
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 /CONTACT: Joe Bereswill of Simon & Schuster, 212-698-7111, or Lisl Cade, publicist for Mary Higgins Clark, 212-595-6225/ CO: Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books ST: New York IN: PUB SU:


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