Library of Congress

National Book Festival

New York Times best-selling author Mary Jane Clark has written 12 novels, all set in the high-stakes world of broadcast journalism, including "Dying for Mercy "(2009). Clark's real-world assignments have informed her writing: Clark worked at CBS News headquarters in New York for three decades, and that experience led her to create KEY, a fictional television network. Covering the 1992 presidential conventions led to the idea for her first book, "Do You Want to Know a Secret? "The anthrax scares at all three U.S. network news headquarters in 2001 inspired "Nowhere to Run"" (2003). "She lives in New Jersey and Florida.

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Mary Jane Clark