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Christmas is over. The excitement of greeting a New Year lies behind us. And, as I sit here at my computer, typing this message, there are still a number of months left before it’s spring.
I wish it were as easy to make it springtime “for real” as it is to do it in a book. When I wrote THE THIRD EYE, I originally set the story in the autumn. I had a lovely description at the end of Chapter One, with my heroine, Karen, stepping out the door into a “crisp autumn afternoon” with red and gold trees blowing in the wind and asters blooming in the flowerbeds. Then I suddenly realized that the story wouldn’t work that way. I needed for Karen, the teenage psychic, to be free to spend her time helping the police find missing children, and she couldn’t very well do that if she was in school all day. So, with a few finger strokes on my trusty keyboard, I turned the trees into “pale green poplars” and replaced the asters with daffodils and crocuses. A couple of chapters later, school was out, and Karen could get to work solving crimes.
This past year was an exciting experience, because Debutante Hill, (the first novel I ever wrote, at age 20) was republished, and my husband and I flew to New York to participate in all the promotion of this wonderful line of Lizzie Shurnick republications of out-of-print young adult classics. Debutante Hill was chosen to be the first of those. Not only that, but a photo my father took of me and my friends at a drive-in during the early 50s is on the cover, and I (age 16) AM THE GIRL IN THE FOREGROUND, WEARING A RED SHIRT.
2014 promises to be exciting as well, because Written in the Stars, (a collection of the stories I wrote and sold to magazines starting at age 13 and extending into my early 20’s) will be published in April. Now you will see what I was writing when I was your age. Also, what was going on in my life that caused me to write those stories.
Another exciting possibility – Stephenie Meyer (author of the TWILIGHT series) has started her own film production company and acquired the rights to my suspense novel Down a Dark Hall. So that might well become a big screen movie. No guarantee—let’s keep our fingers crossed. Meanwhile, I hope you’ll read the book. If Stephenie Meyer says it was her favorite book as a teenager—and you liked her TWILIGHT books—then you may have same taste in reading matter that she does and will enjoy Down a Dark Hall as much as she did.
Warm wishes for a happy winter and spring --
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A Visit with Lois Duncan
Buy Now for this fall!
We are excited to announce the release of a new DVD, created specifically for classroom use:
Lois Duncan means different things to different people.
Teachers and librarians know her as the author of over 50 books and a recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award, presented by the American Library Association for an outstanding contribution to young adult literature.
Young adult readers know her as the author of scary suspense novels like
I Know What You Did Last Summer and
Killing Mr. Griffin.
Younger readers know her as the author of humorous books like Hotel for Dogs and News for Dogs.
On this 35 minute DVD, you and your students will meet the “real” Lois Duncan, visit in her home and office, and hear her describe the ups and downs of her career.
You’ll follow her step by step through her writing process, hear her respond to the questions asked most frequently by readers, and learn what happens behind the scenes when a writer’s novels go to Hollywood.
You’ll even get to meet some of her children and grandchildren.
Classes who view
“A Visit with Lois Duncan”
can write to Duncan by e-mail, and she will respond, so it can be an interactive experience.