My second son Ryan was diagnosed as severely autistic. I can’t tell you how many doctors we saw trying to figure out this diagnosis—it was very challenging. The question nagged at me—not least because of my own experiences watching promising relationships peter out over text message—so I set out on a mission.I read dozens of studies about love, how people connect and why they do or don’t stay together.And so to me it just reflects the truth—in fact, to me it reflects the truth so much more than anything with a serial killer. I know they’re out there, but I’ve actually never met one, whereas I know so many people who are dealing with a mother with cancer, or a brother who is ill, or a sister who had a mastectomy. I like the fact that when he’s writing, he never loses sight of the fact that he’s telling a story that’s meant to engage the readers. If you go in and you put out this false sense of who you are, what’s the point? A lot of people think of writers as kind of artsy or introverted, and many of them are. Do you think that’s a reason readers are drawn to your stories? I think that’s a lesson that has resonated throughout my career, though of course we write entirely different things. In the end I think that you’ve just got be yourself.
After graduating, she worked as a junior lecturer at the university.
Clark held numerous Cabinet positions in the Fourth Labour Government, including Minister of Housing, Minister of Health and Minister of Conservation.
She was Deputy Prime Minister from 1989 to 1990 under Prime Ministers Geoffrey Palmer and Mike Moore.
After Labour's narrow defeat in the 1993 election, Clark challenged Moore for leadership of the party and won, becoming the Leader of the Opposition.
After failing to win the 1996 election, she led the Labour Party to a sweeping victory in the 1999 election.