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Science Fiction is not just about the future of space ships travelling to other planets, it is fiction based on science and I am using science as my basis for my fiction, but it's the science of prehistory - palaeontology and archaeology - rather than astronomy or physics. ---->>>

Aside from sales, the letters from readers have been primarily positive. ---->>>

Each book has been different and has been challenging in its own way to write. ---->>>

I started writing to please myself, a story I would like to read, and that is still true. ---->>>

The idea led me into the research, which continues to give me more ideas for the story. ---->>>

And that's how I start myself. I usually go back a couple of pages, maybe to the beginning of the chapter, and I start reading. And as I'm reading, I'm tweaking - putting in a different word, changing the syntax, putting that clause over there, you know that sort of thing. ---->>>

I could write historical fiction, or science fiction, or a mystery but since I find it fascinating to research the clues of some little know period and develop a story based on that, I will probably continue to do it. ---->>>

My fiction is reviewed by the mainstream press, by science fiction periodicals, romance magazines, small press publications and various other journals, including some usually devoted to archaeological and other science material. ---->>>

Though my books are written from a historical perspective, I have goon so far back that I am in the realm of prehistorical speculation rather than simple historical fact to weave my stories around. ---->>>

I don't write for publishers, certainly not for critics, and not for readers, But I am delighted that so many people have found my books enjoyable and want to continue to read them. ---->>>

I have heard Science Fiction and Fantasy referred to as the fiction of ideas, and I like that definition, but it's the mainstream public that chooses my books for the most part. ---->>>

From the beginning, the series has been story driven - I began with a story idea - but research feeds it. ---->>>

From the beginning, when I first got an idea for a story and wondered if I could write it, it has always been the story that has driven me. ---->>>

I can move my characters through it easily, because I understand the background; I've really studied it. ---->>>

I can't tell you any more than any other writer can tell you why they write, and I don't know what my influences are. ---->>>

I probably read 100 times more than I write, but that way when I move my characters through it, I know. ---->>>

I really fell in love with Africa. ---->>>

I think of my books as mainstream and that's were most people who read them look for them in book stores. ---->>>

I'm just writing a story that I want to read. ---->>>

Life sometimes gets in the way of writing. ---->>>

No, my publisher has always done the marketing. ---->>>

Of the two, I would think of my work as closer to Science Fiction than Fantasy. ---->>>

I had an idea for a story about a young woman who was living with people who were different, not just superficially different - such as hair colour, or eye colour, or skin colour - but different in some significant way. ---->>>

I have been a reader of Science Fiction and Fantasy for a long time, since I was 11 or 12 I think, so I understand it and I'm not at all surprised that readers of the genre might enjoy my books. ---->>>

It took some time to gather the research and develop it into the storyline, and to finally finish an origin myth poem that I had been working on for twenty years. ---->>>


Nationality: American
Born: 02-18, 1936
Occupation: Writer

Jean Marie Auel (; née Untinen; born February 18, 1936) is an American writer. She is best known for her Earth's Children books, a series of novels set in prehistoric Europe that explores human activities during this time, and touches on the interactions of Cro-Magnon people with Neanderthals. As of 2010, her books have sold more than 45 million copies worldwide.(wikipedia)