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LOWELL - Westford resident and author David Daniel (photo available) has just been named this spring's Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence by the UMass Lowell English Department. Daniel has been an adjunct instructor through continuing studies for a number of years.
As the fourth Kerouac Writer-in-Residence, Daniel will be teaching a course for upper level English majors called Creative Writing: Fiction. He will also be featured in at least two public presentations during the semester.
Daniel's latest book, Goofy Foot joins The Heaven Stone and The Skelly Man in a trilogy of stories following the cases of Lowell Private Detective Alex Rasmussen. It was this series that has so strongly associated Daniel with the mystery genre. The Heaven Stone won the Private Eye Writers of America/St. Martin's Press award for best first novel in 1993.
Daniel believes that mystery, or crime fiction as he calls it, is a challenging form because it's such a well-known genre.
"First, the work has to be entertaining - it has to be dramatic, have high stakes and a lot of tension," says Daniel. "Of course, all writing may have these, but mystery must have them to a higher degree."
The Writer-in-Residence is made possible through financial support of the Provost's Office and John Sampas, the literary executor of the Jack Kerouac Literary Estate.