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Autumn is here. I can tell, even without the change in temperature because I’m receiving e-mail from readers doing author reports. How can time pass so quickly? It seems like yesterday that I was getting e-mail from those same readers exulting, “School’s out! No more dumb author reports till next fall!”
This has been an exciting year so far. My new, non-fiction book, ONE TO THE WOLVES: ON THE TRAIL OF A KILLER, has just been published as an e-book and can be downloaded onto Kindles, Nooks, or other e-readers. This book about my own teenage daughter’s murder can be read on its own or as a sequel to the first book, WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER?. It was written for adults and shouldn’t be read by anyone who isn’t a mature reader. And, of course, you’ll need to own an e-reader in order to download it.
In contrast, DEBUTANTE HILL is a teenage romance that I wrote when I was barely older than you are. It’s been republished as part of a line of “retro books” – young adult novels that were popular years ago. This was the first book I ever had published, and I was so proud! My own picture is on the cover as part of a mob of teenagers at a drive-in. I’m the girl in a red shirt in the blue jeep. From the look on my face, I was having second thoughts about allowing that creepy boy to drive my beloved jeep.
Another piece of exciting new is that Stephenie Meyer, the author of the “Twilight” books, has optioned the film rights to my novel, DOWN A DARK HALL. If you’ve read Stephenie’s books or seen her movies, you know that she loves scary stories, and I’m thrilled to know that mine are among her favorites.
This is what she posted on her Web site: “My production company, Fickle Fish, has acquired the option to Lois Duncan’s novel DOWN A DARK HALL. Not too much information to share as yet, but even in this early stage, it is still very exciting. I grew up reading and loving Lois Duncan novels, and I can’t believe my good luck that I get to be involved with this project. DOWN A DARK HALL was my favorite of her novels (though it’s a very close race with SUMMER OF FEAR and STRANGER WITH MY FACE), and it gave me some serious nightmares when I was younger.”
It can take quite a while for a book to move from the “option” stage, (which is when a production company buys film rights), to actually being produced and shown in theaters. The wait is going to be hard – (I always want everything done right now) -- but I feel certain it will be worth it.
Warm wishes for a happy autumn --
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Buy Now for this fall!
We are excited to announce the release of a new DVD, created specifically for classroom use:
The name LOIS DUNCAN means different things to different people.
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 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.