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Title: Author Talk: Lois Duncan


1
Author TalkLois Duncan
  • Minori Oumi
  • LIS 682
  • 3/23/06

2
Presentation Overview
  • Biography
  • Writing
  • Books
  • Themes

3
Biography
  • Born on April 28, 1934 in Philadelphia, PA
  • Parents - professional photographers
  • Family moved to Sarasota, FL
  • Submitted work for publication from age of 10
  • Advised to write about what she knew

4
Biography
  • Age 13 - First work published (Seventeen
    magazine)
  • Enrolls in Duke University
  • Marries first husband (Drops out of college)
  • Has three children (Robyn, Kerry, Brett)
  • Wins Seventeenth Summer Literary Contest winning
    entry Debutante Hill published
  • Uses pen name Lois Kerry

5
Biography
  • Children from first marriage
  • Robyn 1954
  • Kerry 1956
  • Brett - 1960
  • Divorces first husband (1961)
  • Marries second husband (1965)
  • Has two more children
  • Donnie - 1967
  • Kaitlyn 1970

6
Biography
  • University of New Mexico -Instructor of
    Journalism
  • University of New Mexico BA academic honors
  • Wrote for magazines
  • Contributing editor for Womans Day magazine

7
National Award for Body of Work
  • Margaret A. Edwards Award for a Distinguished
    Body of Work for Young Adults,
  • from the YA Services Committee of the ALA the
    School Library Journal-- l992

8
Genres of work
  • Picture books
  • Poetry
  • Songs
  • Magazine articles
  • Young Adult Novels
  • Non-fiction
  • Anthologies - editor

Lois Duncan on right winning an award for
Gallows Hill
9
Ransom (1966)
  • Five teenagers kidnapped and held for ransom
  • Actually happened after this
  • Movie Held for Ransom (2000)

10
They Never Came Home (1969)
  • Mysterious disappearance of boyfriend and brother

11
Gift of Magic (1971)
  • Nancy teenage psychic who has visions
  • Rejected many times for subject matter
  • Opened door for more books on this topic

12
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1973)
  • Movie released in 1997
  • Lois Duncan hates movie
  • Movie sequel in 1999
  • Renewed interest in her books

13
Down a Dark Hall (1974)
  • Kit student at Blackwood School for Girls
  • What evil secrets lie in the walls of the school?

14
Summer of Fear (1976)
  • Rachels life is taken over by her cousin Julia
  • Why is Rachel so afraid of her?
  • NBC Movie of the Week - Stranger In Our House
    (1978)

15
Killing Mr. Griffin (1978)
  • NBC Movie of the Week - 1997

16
Daughters of Eve (1979)
  • Manipulation by peers and adults
  • Feminist theme

17
Stranger with My Face (1981)
  • Laurie was seen by others coming and going when
    she was sick in bed
  • What is going on?

18
The Third Eye (1984)
  • Karen teenage crime psychic

19
Locked in Time (1985)
  • Something is strange about Nores new stepmother
    and stepsiblings
  • Inspired by strained relationship between her and
    her daughter

20
The Twisted Window (1987)
  • Who is the mysterious stranger watching Tracy?
  • Why is he watching her?

21
Gallows Hill (1997)
  • Sarah another teenage psychic
  • People in town still believe in witches
  • NBC Movie of the Week - I've Been Waiting For You
    (1998)

22
Dont Look Behind You (1990)
  • April has to go into hiding with her family
  • Headstrong teenager (like daughter Kaitlyn)
  • TV movie, Fox Family Channel (1999)
  • Lois Duncan dislikes book too many similarities
    with daughters murder

23
Who Killed My Daughter? (1992)
  • Non-fiction account of her daughter Kaitlyns
    murder (shot in head)
  • Involvement in Vietnamese mafia
  • Question of police cover-up
  • Visits to psychics to uncover information

24
Who Killed My Daughter? (1992)
  • Notes taken during investigation
  • Unable to write young adult fiction until Gallows
    Hill (1997)
  • School Library Journal Best Adult Book for Young
    Adults
  • Writing sequel release date undetermined

25
Themes
  • Taking responsibility for actions
  • Not giving in to peer pressure
  • Manipulation
  • Dual identities

26
Current biography
  • Has written 46 books (so far)
  • Death threats - Living in hiding
  • Website http//loisduncan.arquettes.com
  • Links to updates on murder case
  • Link to message board
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