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A Dream Come True

Apr 21, 2011 in Books, Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors

So far this week, Marcia Clark has appeared on Good Morning America, NPR’s Morning Edition, WPIX and Good Day New York. The Los Angeles Times published a feature on the origins of her novel.  The Richmond Times-Dispatch praises how “Clark develops her plot with ingenious twists and laces it with plenty of humor and a bit of romance….the writer’s pen is a perfect fit in Clark’s deft hands.” The Boston Herald runs a Q&A with Clark as well and the Hartford Books Examiner calls GUILT BY ASSOCIATION “a dazzling debut that marks the emergence of a new literary luminary…Our verdict: It would be criminal to miss this book.” And, don’t miss rave reviews from Jen’s Book Thoughts, Linus’s Blanket, Bermuda Onion, Booking Mama, and Pop Culture Nerd. Here, Marcia tells us a bit about the origins of the novel.

I’d dreamed of writing fiction since I was a kid, and every so often, ideas for books would occur to me, but I never actually made the commitment and put pen to paper. Then I became a criminal lawyer. And a few years later, I joined the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. And so came the stories, the people, the adrenaline rush of trial; suddenly I was awash in the best material any writer could hope for. But I was in the thick of it, too busy living the ride to step back and write about it.

It wasn’t until years later, after I’d written scripts for television, that I found myself thinking seriously about finally writing a novel. And then, inspiration came from an unexpected source. A friend recommended the series of novels, “Tales of the City” by Armistead Maupin. From the very first page, I was entranced with the beautiful, exciting, warm and witty world he’d created, a world filled with fun, quirky and interesting characters. That’s when I realized that it was time to write that novel, and that what I really wanted to do was revisit my happiest years as a prosecutor, and create a world that would be an ongoing series with recurring characters who’d – hopefully – also be fun, loveable and interesting.

So, in Guilt by Association, I created a family that consisted of prosecutor and protagonist Rachel Knight, and her best friends, Detective Bailey Keller and prosecutor Toni LaCollette. Together, they deal with all manner of crime: murder, mayhem, rape, child prostitution, gang bangers, and gang leaders – and the most nefarious of foul deeds: office politics. And then of course, there are the womens’ personal stories. I couldn’t leave out their after-hours lives and loves.

I had a blast writing the book and I hope you have an even better time reading it.


Marcia Clark is a former LA, California deputy district attorney, who was the lead prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder case. She wrote a bestselling nonfiction book about the trial, Without a Doubt, and is a frequent media commentator and columnist on legal issues. She lives in Los Angeles.

Photo courtesy of ABC News.

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3 Responses »

  1. I’m so excited about this book, so it was nice to read about how Clark came to write it. I had no idea that she’s written scripts for television. I’m glad she had fun writing the book because I want more of Rachel Knight.

  2. You are an inspiration, Marcia–and you more than accomplished what you set out to do with GUILT BY ASSOCIATION! Here’s to many ‘degrees’ of success…

  3. I’m such a fan of Marcia Clark.

    My review of “Guilt By Association” has just been published on my blog:

    Hope that Marcia continues to give us more entertainment and truth through her very capable and strong woman DA, Rachel! This will end up being a series that I just have to have every time a new one is released.

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