Kathleen O'Neal Gear

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My professional life began in the dark basement of the Museum of Cultural History in Los Angeles, where I was cataloguing three-hundred-year-old Guatemalan saint carvings. I quit this fascinating job and moved to Wyoming to work for the U.S. Department of the Interior as a historian and archaeologist. When I finally understood the error of my ways I moved to Wyoming and started writing books. Since then, I've authored or co-authored 54 novels and around 200 non-fiction publications.

I love writing. And buffalo. And hiking the wilds of Wyoming's backcountry.

I'm married (until he comes to his senses) to W. Michael Gear, the novelist and my co-author, and we live at the edge of the Wind River Indian Reservation in the Owl Creek mountains of
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Kathleen O'Neal Gear Danalli, most of our inspiration comes from the archaeology. We've had books like PEOPLE OF THE SEA that hit us in the middle of archaeological…moreDanalli, most of our inspiration comes from the archaeology. We've had books like PEOPLE OF THE SEA that hit us in the middle of archaeological conferences. Other books, like PEOPLE OF THE MOON just popped into our heads while we were walking around archaeological sites. When Glen Rabi, the forest service archaeologist pointed over the edge of the Chimney Rock great house and down the steep slope, he said, "That's where Jeancean found the charred corpses that burned in the great house fire." Well, you've just GOT to write a novel about that!

The same thing with PEOPLE OF THE OWL. We were sitting at the top of Mound A, when Mud Puppy appeared to say, "Write my story!"(less)
Kathleen O'Neal Gear Hi Sherry,

We're delighted that you are enjoying People of the Songtrail. Our next week, tentatively titled MORNING STAR: ROGUE GODS, is the sequel to…more
Hi Sherry,

We're delighted that you are enjoying People of the Songtrail. Our next week, tentatively titled MORNING STAR: ROGUE GODS, is the sequel to People of the Morning Star. It's about a Mayan Lord who journeys to Cahokia bringing a new religion that threatens to tear the Cahokian world apart. We hope you enjoy it, as well!(less)
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2019 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS!

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It’s a beautiful summer here, in the 70s, and we’ve had a lot of rain. The buffalo are so happy wading around in deep grass and wildflowers.

Just wanted to let you know that the INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS were announced yesterday and Kathleen’s book, MAZE MASTER, won the award for best SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL. Interestingly, it was also a finalist in the best thriller category!

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"I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Humanity is in danger. LucentB is a fast-spreading, incredibly dangerous virus, and no one is safe. Anna Asher is assigned by the US government to..." Read more of this review »
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"4 stars

What a remarkable novel. It was engrossing and, while technical, the technical aspects made it very interesting. The story is loosely based on a real retrovirus, which made it all the more timely.

In this terrifying thriller, we meet an Ame..." Read more of this review »
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“Life moved, as inconstant and fickle as Wind Baby, frolicking, sleeping, weeping, but never truly still. Never solid or finished. Always like water flowing from one place to the next. Seed and fruit. Rain and drought, everything traveled in a gigantic circle, an eternal process of becoming something new. But we rarely saw it. Humans tended to see only frozen moments, not the flow of things.”
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“The greatest advantage of all is that when people think you're a witch, you can eat an entire serving of squash all by yourself.”
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“Success is not granted to the talented, rather it is reserved for the doggedly tenacious.”
W. Michael Gear, People of the Morning Star

“Life moved, as inconstant and fickle as Wind Baby, frolicking, sleeping, weeping, but never truly still. Never solid or finished. Always like water flowing from one place to the next. Seed and fruit. Rain and drought, everything traveled in a gigantic circle, an eternal process of becoming something new. But we rarely saw it. Humans tended to see only frozen moments, not the flow of things.”
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Raymond White Kathleen,

I've read several of your "People of" books as well as your "Anasazi Mysteries" and thoroughly enjoyed them all. It's been so long since I've read them that I'm going to have to re-read some of them so I can leave decent reviews. Keep up the good work.

I was a cultural anthropology major at Colorado State U back in the seventies and got onto your books after I'd read some Jean Auel. IMHO, yours are better.

My own books are apocalyptic/dystopian and thrillers but I love the sense of mystery yours ignite in my imagination.


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Katy Cook Quotes by Kathleen are "deep." I wish I'd written them.


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