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Lois Duncan is the author of over 40 books ranging from childrens picture books to adult novels but she is best known for her young adult suspense novels such as Killing Mr Griffen and her newest book Gallows Hill Many of these have been chosen as ALA Best Books for Young Adults and Jr Library Guild Selections and they have won Young Readers Awards in 16 states and three foreign countries In 1992 Duncan had recieved the Margaret A Edwards Award presented by the School Library Journal and the Young Adult Library Services Association to honor a living author for a distinguished body of adolescent literature Lois Duncan grew up in Sarasota Florida From early childhood she knew she wanted to be a writer At the age of ten she submitted her first story to a magazine and at thirteen she made her first sale Throughout her high school years she wrote regularly for young peoples publications mostly Seventeen Magazine In 1962 Lois Duncan taught for the Journalism Department at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque New Mexico She also continued writing for different magazines Over 300 of her articles and short stories appeared in magazines such as Ladies Home Journal McCalls Redbook Good Housekeeping and Readers Digest Also for a number of years she was a contributing editor for Womens Day magazine Who Killed My Daughter is the most difficult book Lois Duncan ever had to write It is the true story of her search to find the truth behind the murder of her eighteen-year-old daughter Kaitlyn who was the youngest of her five children The book has been featured on different TV shows such as Good Morning America Larry King Live Unsolved Mysteries and most recently Inside Edition The book was originally written for adults but it has been named a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and an American Library Association Best Book For
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