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Lois Duncan

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Lois Duncan (born Lois Duncan Steinmetz, April 28, 1934) is an American writer and novelist, known primarily for her books for children and young adults, in particular (and some times controversially considering her young readership) crime thrillers. Duncan's parents were the noted magazine photographers Lois Steinmetz and Joseph Janney Steinmetz. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Sarasota, Florida. Duncan started writing and submitting manuscripts to magazines at the age of ten, and when she was thirteen succeeded in selling her first story.

Duncan attended Duke University from 1952 to 1953 but dropped out, married, and started a family. During this time, she continued to write and publish magazine articles; over th
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Lois Duncan The best thing about being a writer is having the chance to reach out and touch the lives of thousands of people you will never meet in person.
Lois Duncan I was born "inspired to write." It's all I was ever any good at. I started submitting stories to magazines when I was ten and made my first sale at…moreI was born "inspired to write." It's all I was ever any good at. I started submitting stories to magazines when I was ten and made my first sale at thirteen. WRITTEN IN THE STARS is a collection of stories I wrote and sold to magazines during my teens. I hope those stories (along with my accounts of what was going on in my life when I wrote them) will help other young writers learn to utilize their own life experiences, even when writing fiction.(less)
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Many of you have been following my accounts of our family's on-going investigation of the murder of our youngest child, Kaitlyn Arquette, chased down in her car and shot to death at age 18. (The details of the case are in my non-fiction adult book ONE TO THE WOLVES: ON THE TRAIL OF A KILLER, with a foreword by the late Ann Rule.)

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Seasons of the Heart (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 08, 2010 03:42PM
Description: Poems Duncan wrote in every "season" of her life -- from age 10 to age 70 -- grouped to form an autobiography, interspersed with photos and narrative about what was going on in her life at the times those poems were written.
The Longest Hair in the World (Children's Books)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 08, 2010 03:25PM
Description: (Art by Jon McIntosh) On her sixth birthday, Emily wishes for the longest hair in the world. As it continues to grow and grow it creates terrible problems for her and everyone around her.
Stranger with My Face (Mystery & Thrillers)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 08, 2010 02:55PM
Description: Have you ever been haunted by the feeling that someone is spying on you, lurking around your house and yard, even entering your bedroom? Are your friends plotting against you when they say they've seen you do things you know you haven't done? What's going on -- and does Laurie really want to find out? N.Y. Times “Best Book for Young Adults”; ALA Best Book for Young Adults; Readers Awards: California, South Carolina, Indiana
I Know What You Did Last Summer (Mystery & Thrillers)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 08, 2010 02:41PM
Description: Last summer, four terrified friends made a desperate pact to conceal a shocking secret. But now someone has learned the truth, and the horror is starting again. There is an unknown avenger out there who is stalking them in a deadly game. Will he stop at terror, or is he out for revenge?,
Who Killed My Daughter? (Nonfiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 08, 2010 02:22PM
Description: Duncan's non-fiction account of the murder of her youngest daughter, Kaitlyn Arquette, and the family's on-going personal investigation of this unsolved case.
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I enjoy Neiderman's horror books. I wish they were easier to find. So many are now out of print.
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A great read for women! I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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“Sit down every day and DO IT. Writing is a self-taught craft; the more you work at it, the more skilled you become. And when you're not writing, READ.”
Lois Duncan

“aloud she said why not you ray you were involed in this as much as the resst of uswhy is it that bud never tried to do anything to you ?his armed tighted around her.'he knew the worst thing for me was a world without you”
Lois Duncan, I Know What You Did Last Summer

“We are the wise.
Do not envy us—
We who are too wise to draw near
the fire
Lest we get burned;
We who are too wise to love
Lest love should vanish and we be
hurt.
We are the wise.
Do not envy us our wisdom—
We who are too wise to live
Lest we should die.”
Lois Duncan, Trapped: Cages of Mind and Body

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Lois Duncan THE HELP is unique in that it's a first novel that leapt to the top of the best seller list. I loved it. My daughter Kerry loved it. My daughter Robin hated it because it made her so depressed about the unfairness of what the characters were going through and their inability to do anything to fight The System. I think she is relating those feelings to her own feelings about the murder of her little sister, Kait, and our own inability to force law enforcement to shape up and do their job.


Jenn Dawn I'm about to start reading The Help for my book club, Lois. I'll let you know what I think!

Jenn :)


Lol...Naruto Rocks! (Katelyn, Haku.) http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/3... Here is another group, mine is called Callie the Survior..tell me what you think.


Lol...Naruto Rocks! (Katelyn, Haku.) Your welcome! I love your writing, I love Hotel for Dogs, News For Dogs, and Stranger with My Face.


message 2: by Lois

Lois Duncan Thank you! I don't want to overload the pg. so am trying to restrict my reviews to bks I adore, bks I have a special issue with, and bks. that are written by family and friends.


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