Michael Gear received his B.A. and M.A. at Colorado State University specializing in physical anthropology. Around the same time he wrote his first novel. And in all he has published 12 novels and coauthored with Kathleen 23 novels on various historical and anthropological themes. His “Morning River” was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, and the National Book Award in 1998. And currently the Gears are working on the story for their next prehistory book, “The People of the Thunder,” a novel set as Moundville, Alabama in 1300s. He is currently the Principal Investigator for the Wind River Archaeological Consultants.