Widowed with five children in 1964, she tried all sorts of writing, including inspirational four-minute radio scripts and Saturday Evening Post short stories, until her agent convinced her to try writing novels.
Her debut, a fictionalized account of the life of George Washington, did not do well, so she decided to try to write the sort of book she loved: mystery/suspense novels. Ending her 20-plus years of frustration, Where Are the Children, was an instant success. So, how does she do it?
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