Jean Auel has an international following so devout that a previous post about her on Oregon Movies, A to Z was rewarded with hundreds and hundreds of hits.
Jean Auel’s next book, The Land Of Painted Caves, is the last installment in her Earth’s Children series. It will come out in March 2011.
As Jeff Baker notes in the Oregonian, Jean Auel is a home grown artist.
1. researched her first book at the Multnomah County library
2. worked a day job at Tektronix
3. met her agent at Willamette Writers Conference
Proponents of the theory that Oregonians are secretly French can point to Auel, who, without changing her Oregon address, chose to live her imaginative life in the caves of pre-historic France. Millions of readers the world over joined her there, as did John Sayles, Michael Chapmen and Darryl Hannah, who brought one novel in the series to the big screen in Clan of the Cave Bear.
Maybe we will see that happen again for The Land Of Painted Caves. Congratulations, Jean!