Fans and Writers Remember the Late Suspense Novelist Mary Higgins Clark

Fans and fellow writers took to Twitter to remember the late author Mary Higgins Clark, after she died at 92 on Friday.

Higgins Clark passed away in her home in Naples, Florida, according to The New York Times. A pioneer of the suspense genre, Higgins Clark published 51 books in her lifetime, each a bestseller. Her most recent recent novel, Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry, was released in November 2019, over 50 years after her debut Aspire to the Heavens. Her daughter Carol Higgins Clark is also a writer; both she and her mother had collaborated on several books.

Many fellow writers paid tribute to the A Stranger is Watching author on Twitter, including Goosebumps author R.L. Stine. "Mary Higgins Clark was as charming, funny, and generous as she was talented. A sad day. The world has lost a great one," Stine tweeted. Final Appeal writer Lisa Scottoline also mourned, saying Higgins Clark "paved the way for women in suspense fiction."

Mary Higgins Clark was as charming, funny, and generous as she was talented. A sad day. The world has lost a great one.

— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) February 1, 2020

Very sad to hear of the passing of the great Mary Higgins Clark. She was a wonderful and warm person, and she paved the way for women in suspense fiction. What a loss. Condolences to her wonderful family. https://t.co/F4kY9YSKXQ

— Lisa Scottoline (@LisaScottoline) February 1, 2020

"The work of Mary Higgins Clark was so immense and reached so many people-I used to read her books all summer and couldn't put them down until they were finished. Very few authors have this kind of storytelling talent. Rest In Peace, Ms. Clark and thank you," Shero newsletter writer Amee Vanderpool wrote.

The work of Mary Higgins Clark was so immense and reached so many people-I used to read her books all summer and couldn't put them down until they were finished. Very few authors have this kind of storytelling talent. Rest In Peace, Ms. Clark and thank you. https://t.co/iLKlTxO1df

— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) February 1, 2020

The Stranger author Harlan Coben shared his thoughts about Clark in a lengthy twitter thread, calling her a "generous mentor." He also shared a tip that in her 30s, Clark would write from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., before waking her five children for school. Additionally he shared some thoughts on Clark's Where are the Children that Infinite Jest author David Foster Wallace shared with him in a letter once.

Heartbroken. 💔
A generous mentor, hero, colleague, and friend. She taught me so much. I’ll always be grateful. #RIP #MaryHigginsClark pic.twitter.com/rkh5HZg1jA

— Harlan Coben (@HarlanCoben) February 1, 2020

Other writers also shared stories about personal relationships with Clark and her kindness. Journalist and Quiet Hero author Rita Cosby said Clark was "always such a joy to be with."

Former Access Hollywood host Tony Potts spoke about bringing the author on the local morning TV program Good Day New York and his friendship with her. "I would chat with Mary Higgins Clark many times at Elaine's when I lived in NY. Had her on our show, Good Day New York and we got along like wildfire... she put me in her book, Silent Night -- without telling me. Condolences/ prayers to her family," he tweeted.

So sad to hear about the passing of the wonderful and incredibly talented #MaryHigginsClark. She was always such a joy to be with and a great inspiration for me and so many other authors. #RIP #QueenOfSuspense https://t.co/EbbeNHgWTm

— Rita Cosby (@RitaCosby) February 1, 2020

I would chat with Mary Higgins Clark many times at Elaine's when I lived in NY. Had her on our show, "Good Day New York" and we got along like wildfire... she put me in her book, Silent Night -- without telling me🤣. Condolences/ prayers to her family...#Carol.

— Tony Potts (@TonyPotts1) February 1, 2020

Many fans spoke about Clark being an author that transcended generations. The View from Flyover Country author Sarah Kendzior wrote about sharing Clark's novels with her grandmother. Another fan called Clark's books "a gift to moms."

Awww my grandma and I used to swap Mary Higgins Clark books back and forth. It always felt like the same book over and over, and yet I never could solve the mystery! https://t.co/o5u8RvrtP0

— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) February 1, 2020

My mother is 81 and recently, we had a long talk about #MaryHigginsClark. We've talked of her so often. Clark was a hero to my mom and many other 1970s moms because she broke free, with a book she wrote at the kitchen table. Clark wrote 50 novels, all of them a gift to the moms. pic.twitter.com/sC9VfeB876

— Chuck Wilson (@ChuckWilsonLA) February 1, 2020
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Author Mary Higgins Clark poses for photographs with her book 'Death Wears a Beauty Mask' during BookExpo America held at the Javits Center on May 28, 2015 in New York City. Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic/Getty