Lois Duncan Steinmetz about 1947
|Born||Lois Duncan Steinmetz
April 28, 1934
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
|Pen name||Lois Kerry|
|Genre||Young-adult mystery fiction, supernatural fiction, children's poetry and picture books|
|Notable awards||Margaret Edwards Award
Life and career
Lois Duncan Steinmetz was born to photographers Lois Duncan (née Foley) and Joseph Janney Steinmetz. She was born in Philadelphia but grew up in Sarasota, Florida. She started writing and submitting manuscripts to magazines at age 10 and sold her first story at age 13.
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; she has written more than 300 articles published in magazines such as Ladies' Home Journal, Redbook, McCall's, Good Housekeeping, and Reader's Digest. Her first marriage produced three children and ended in divorce. Later she moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to teach journalism at the University of New Mexico, where she also earned a B.A. in English in 1977. In 1965 she married Don Arquette; they had two children.
Duncan is best known for her novels of suspense for teenagers. Some of her works have been adapted for the screen, the most famous example being the 1997 film I Know What You Did Last Summer, adapted from her novel of the same title. She in interviews has stated her distaste at her young adult novel becoming a horror comedy film.
In 1989 the youngest of Duncan's children, Kaitlyn Arquette, was murdered in Albuquerque. Who Killed My Daughter? relates fact and conjecture about the still unsolved case. Duncan has said that her "dream is to write a sequel to Who killed My Daughter? to give our family's true life horror story a closure. Of course, for that to be possible, Kait's case must be solved."
The ALA Margaret A. Edwards Award recognizes one writer and a particular body of work for "significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature". Duncan won the annual award in 1992 and the young adult librarians now name six books published from 1966 to 1987, the autobiographical Chapters and five novels: Ransom, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Summer of Fear, Killing Mr. Griffin, and The Twisted Window. The citation observes, "Whether accepting responsibility for the death of an English teacher or admitting to their responsibility for a hit and run accident, Duncan's characters face a universal truth – your actions are important and you are responsible for them."
|Library resources about
|By Lois Duncan|
This is an incomplete list of Duncan's published works.
- Night Terrors (1996)
- Trapped! (1998)
- On the Edge (2000)
- Chapters: My Growth as a Writer (Little, Brown, 1982) ‡
- A Visit with Lois Duncan (2008), DVD video
Duncan identifies these works as "picture books".
- The Littlest One in the Family (1959), illustrated by Suzanne K. Larsen
- Silly Mother (1962), ill. Larsen
- Giving Away Suzanne (1962), ill. Leonard Weisgard
- The Terrible Tales of Happy Days School (1983), ill. Friso Henstra
- From Spring to Spring (1983)
- Horses of Dreamland (1985), ill. Donna Diamond
- Songs from Dreamland (1988), ill. Kay Chorao, with musical CD, vocals by Duncan's daughter Robin Arquette Burkin
- The Birthday Moon (1989), ill. Susan Davis
- The Circus Comes Home (1993), photos by Duncan's father Joseph Steinmetz
- The Magic of Spider Woman (1996), ill. Shonto Begay
- The Longest Hair in the World (1999), ill. Jon McIntosh
- I Walk at Night (2000), ill. Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher
- Song of the Circus (2002), ill. Meg Cundiff
- Love Song for Joyce (Funk & Wagnalls, 1958), as Lois Kerry
- Debutante Hill (Dodd, Mead, 1958)
- A Promise for Joyce (Funk & Wagnalls, 1959), as Lois Kerry
- The Middle Sister (1960)
- Game of Danger (1962)
- Season of the Two-Heart (1965)
- Point of Violence (1966)
- Ransom (1966) ‡
- They Never Came Home (1968)
- Major Andre, Brave Enemy (1968), ill. Tran Mawicke
- Peggy (1970) - historical novel
- Hotel for Dogs (1971), ill. Leonard Shortall
- A Gift of Magic (1971), ill. Arvis Stewart
- I Know What You Did Last Summer (1973) ‡
- When the Bough Breaks (1974)
- Down a Dark Hall (1974)
- Summer of Fear (1976) ‡
- Killing Mr. Griffin (1978) ‡
- How to Write and Sell Your Personal Experiences (1979) - non-fiction
- Daughters of Eve (1979)
- Stranger with My Face (1981)
- The Third Eye (1984)
- Locked in Time (1985)
- The Twisted Window (1987) ‡
- Wonder Kid Meets the Evil Lunch Snatcher (1988), ill. Margaret Sanfilippo - children's chapter book
- Don't Look Behind You (1989)
- Who Killed My Daughter? (1992) - non-fiction
- Psychic Connections, Duncan and William Roll (1995) - non-fiction
- Gallows Hill (1997)
- Seasons of the Heart (2007) - poetry
- News for Dogs (2009)- fiction- sequel to Hotel for Dogs
- Movie for Dogs (2010)- fiction- sequel to News for Dogs
- Hotel for Dogs- extra in one scene
- "Lois Duncan". The Alliance for the Study and Teaching of Adolescent Literature at Rhode Island College (ric.edu). February 9, 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-08.
- "Love Song for Joyce". Library of Congress Catalog Record (LCC). Retrieved 2013-03-11.
- "A promise for Joyce". LCC record. Retrieved 2013-03-11.
- "1992 Margaret A. Edwards Award Winner". Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). American Library Association (ALA).
"Margaret A. Edwards Winners". YALSA. ALA.
"Edwards Award". YALSA. ALA. Retrieved 2013-09-26.
- Kies, Cosette N. (1993). Presenting Lois Duncan. Twayne Publishers.
- Telgen, Diane (1 December 1993). Something about the Author. Gale Research International, Limited.
- Matthew Lavelle (Spring 2007). "Duncan, Lois". Pennsylvania Center for the Book (psu.edu). Retrieved 2007-05-08.
- "Author Profile: Lois Duncan". Teenreads (teenreads.com). 2003. Retrieved 2007-05-08. Interview transcript with preface.
- "Books & Awards". Lois Duncan (loisduncan.arquettes.com). n.d. Retrieved 2007-05-08.
- "Psychic connections : a journey into the mysterious world of psi". LCC record. Retrieved 2013-03-11. Quote publisher description: "the basic book on parapsychology".
- Official website
- Lois Duncan at Teens@Random (publisher Random House)
- Lois Duncan at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Lois Duncan at Library of Congress Authorities — with 65 catalog records