Until the age of 14 I wanted to make movies when I grew up. At 14 I read my first Lois Duncan novel and after that I wanted to be a writer. It seems crazy to say this now, but I didn’t realise that there were people writing books out there that were as good as, or even better than movies.
My school library was pretty limited, and I didn’t have many people making recommendations besides my English teacher, so the books I had read were pretty boring or ‘safe’. I didn’t really see much point to reading.
Lois Duncan’s books made me sneak a torch to bed so I could read at night, I couldn’t wait to get back to them when I wasn’t reading. She explored ESP, telekinesis, astral travel and a heap of other topics that my English teacher would probably have preferred I stayed away from. I was hooked.
As an adult, I’ve gone back and read her work, and it is the strangest thing, I could feel the memory of the excitement of 14-year-old-me reading them. She made me love books and for that I will always be grateful to her, who knows what might have happened if I hadn’t picked up one of her books back then?
Interestingly enough, perhaps the best book of hers I read was the non-fiction story Who Killed My Daughter about her search for the people responsible for her daughter’s murder. If you are not into young adult fiction but you would like to read Lois, I’d highly recommend this book. There is paranormal stuff in the book, but it’s real and it is amazing.