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Author uncovers the mystery behind her books

January 31, 2012|By David Laurell
  • Author Mary Jane Clark, third from left, with, from left, Louise Paziak, Joan Cappocchi, and actress Elizabeth Clark at the Buena Vista Branch Library. (Photo by David Laurell)
Author Mary Jane Clark, third from left, with, from left,…

Her career as a CBS desk assistant and obituary writer, the estate sales of items belonging to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Princess Diana, and the 1992 presidential campaign have all served as inspirations for books written by bestselling mystery writer Mary Jane Clark.

“I write about what I have experienced and what I have seen around me,” Clark told an assemblage at Burbank’s Buena Vista Branch Library this past week. Appearing as a part of the library’s continuing events programs that are coordinated, promoted and staged by Louise Paziak and Joan Cappocchi, Clark revealed her latest books — the Wedding Cake Mystery series — have been inspired by a book her mother had on cake decorating she loved looking through as a child.

Along with the opportunity to get a better understanding of how Clark crafts her suspense novels, the gathering was also treated to slices of wedding cake and a surprise appearance by the author’s daughter, actress Elizabeth Clark, who, with altered hair and eye color, plays the part of her mother’s current heroine, Piper Donovan on Facebook, and has assisted in the character’s development.


The author of 12 novels, including “To Have and To Kill” and the just-released “The Look of Love” of the Wedding Cake series, Clark concluded her Burbank appearance with a question-and-answer session and book signing.

Clutching her freshly signed copy of Clark’s latest tome, Bonnie Smith said she has been reading Clark’s books with her mother, Donna Stebbeds, who joined her for the event. “I really enjoy her stories and style,” said Smith. “I especially love her strong feminine characters.” Rebecca Johnson, an avid reader and Clark fan, who was also in attendance with her mother, Denise Johnson, agreed with Smith. “I like her characters and how she sets up her clues,” she said.

This past week also saw Family Promise of the East San Fernando Valley kick off their three-month Buy One, Give One campaign that, through a partnership with the online bedding store, the Company Store, provides comforters to families in need.

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