Jean M Auel

Jean M AuelJean M. Auel, nee Jean Marie Untinen is an American and Finnish writer. She is best known for her Earth's Children books, a series of historical fiction novels set in prehistoric Europe that explores interactions of Cro-Magnon people with Neanderthals. Her books have sold 34 million copies world-wide in many translations.

Born Jean Marie Untinen on February 18, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois, the second of five children of Neil Solomon Untinen, a housepainter, and Martha Wirtanen. She married with Ray Bernard Auel (surname pronounced like "owl"), they have five children and live in Portland, Oregon.

Auel has been a member of Mensa since 1964. She attended Portland State University and the University of Portland. While studying, she worked as a clerk (1965-1966), a circuit board designer (1966-1973), technical writer (1973-1974), and a credit manager at Tektronix (1974-1976). At one time, she shared a secretary with author Ursula K. Le Guin. She earned an MBA in 1976 and has received honorary degrees from the University of Maine and Mount Vernon College for Women.

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