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New Mystery Grand Master Lois Duncan and Walter Mosley Interviews on KAZI Today


Tune in at 12:30 p.m. CST/1:30 p.m. EST for my interview with Lois Duncan who was recently named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America.  Duncan will be followed by a short interview with Walter Mosley discusding his 2013 mystery novel, ALL I DID WAS SHOOT MY MAN.  Enclosed is an excerpt from the Mystery Writers of America announcement of the 2015 Grand Masters.  IMG_0524-3

Lois Duncan and James Ellroy have been chosen as the 2015 Grand Masters by Mystery Writers of America (MWA). MWA’s Grand Master Award represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and was established to acknowledge important contributions to this genre, as well as for a body of work that is both significant and of consistent high quality. Ms. Duncan and Mr. Ellroy will be presented with their awards at the Edgar Awards Banquet, which will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

When told of being named a Grand Master, Duncan said, “I’m stunned and overwhelmed by this incredible honor! To have my own name included on this illustrious list of my idols–Agatha ChristieIra LevinStephen KingTony Hillerman–is something I could never have imagined.”

Lois Duncan published her first short story in a national magazine when she was thirteen, and her first novel, Debutante Hill, at age eighteen. Early in her career, Duncan primarily focused on romance novels for teens and pictures books for children. In 1966, Duncan published two novels that revolutionized the world of young adult fiction: Point of Violence and Ransom. Prior to these two novels, most fiction aimed at young adults was filled with ‘lessons to be learned’ and two-dimensional lead characters. Duncan changed that, using the realistic viewpoint she had brought to her earlier romance novels, presenting her main characters with choices and decisions that had consequences, paving the way for many other young adult authors that followed. 

She never shied away from social issues in her work. Daughters of Eve tackled societal sexism; Killing Mr. Griffin the pressure placed on teens to perform and get into good colleges, and I Know What You Did Last Summer dealt with the Vietnam War and society’s reactions to it, plus the struggles of returning veterans. She was nominated several times for the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile, and her books have been made into films. Ms. Duncan was also a long time writing instructor at the University of New Mexico.

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