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WHEN WRITING RUNS IN THE FAMILY

I had an interesting response from a reader to last month's newsletter article on Writing From Beyond The Grave. I was gently chastised for not disclosing that the Dick Francis horse racing mysteries were actually written by his wife Mary. That is a rumor that had been circulating for ages. Not wanting to spread rumors, I left it out of the article. I promised the reader to research the issue and address it in the May newsletter. Well, it turns out that the hearsay appears to be true. A new book, A Racing Life by Graham Lord, reveals that the books were actually a collaboration between Dick and his wife. Dick, a former jockey contributed all the racing know how and Mary probably did most of the actual writing. Their son, Felix took over the writing duties in 2006 and is now producing the books on his own.

 

Researching the Francis family started me wondering about how other families with multiple writers functioned. I immediately thought of the Kellerman family. Jonathan Kellerman is a favorite author of mine, especially his Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis series of mysteries set in Los Angeles. To date Jonathan has written forty one crime novels himself and co-authored two books with his wife Faye and four with his son Jesse. Faye is popular in her own right, penning 25 novels herself, most featuring Peter Decker. Jesse has also written several solo mysteries.

 

With over one hundred million in book sales Mary Higgins Clark is a suspense writer familiar to most readers. She has co-authored five holiday mysteries with her daughter, Carol Higgins Clark. Carol is also the author of the Regan Reilly series. Mary's former daughter-in-law, Mary Jane Clark, who works for CBS news, has penned two media thriller series. Her KEY news series and the Piper Donovan series have both proved popular with mystery readers.

 

Stephen King is even more of a household name than Mary Higgins Clark, with over eighty novels to his credit. His wife, Tabitha King, is the author of eight novels. His son Joe King, who writes under the pseudonym Joe Hill, is fast becoming a popular horror novelist. At least he can't be accused of trading on the family name to achieve fame!

 

Another of my favorites is the mother/daughter suspense writing team publishing under the name P.J. Tracy. (AKA: P.J. and Traci Lambrecht) The Monkeewrench series captured my favor immediately with their first book of the same name set in Minnesota. The cast of quirky characters had me waiting impatiently for the next book in the series. Sadly, P.J. passed away in 2016. Traci decided to carry on with the series alone, dedicating the last three books to the memory of her mother. There are currently ten books in the series.

 

According to a writer for the Huffington Post, British father/son writers Kingsley and Martin Amis will be "...considered one of the greatest father/son writers for a long time to come." They have been short listed for the Man Booker Prize five times. Both father and son are considered to be in the top fifty British writers since 1945. While both wrote cultural satire their work is not really similar and they never collaborated. Reportedly Kingsley was not really a fan of his son's writing.

 

Historically, the most famous members of a writing family were the Bronte sisters. Probably no one made it through school without reading at least one of their novels. Another famous literary family was the Mann family of Germany. Thomas Mann won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1929. His older brother Heinrich was also a writer as were three of Thomas' children.

 

In the families that I covered, most authors write alone while occasionally collaborating on a few books. It is a common phenomena for children to follow in their parents’ footsteps by choosing a similar career path. We often see that with doctors, lawyers, actors and in law enforcement. I do think it is much less common in the writing field. What other examples can you think of where writing runs in the family?

Jill B.

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