“Pat McGauley is an author who knows his territory, and knows how to write a compelling story. It would be difficult to find a more authentic literary voice coming out of Minnesota’s North Country.”
– William Kent Krueger: NY Times best-selling author
Minnesota author and native son, Pat McGauley, is a former Hibbing High School social studies teacher, and a former public servant who also worked in the taconite mines of the Mesabi Iron Range. Born in west Duluth’s Riverside neighborhood, his family moved to Eveleth in 1954 and one year later to Hoyt Lakes where he graduated from Aurora-Hoyt Lakes H.S. in 1960. McGauley earned his Bachelors degree from Winona State University and his Masters from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
In 1978, McGauley was employed as an historian for the Iron Range Interpretative Center in Chisholm. His work included interviewing and tape-recording early Iron Rangers- miners, homemakers, union leaders, and people from every diverse ethnic background and walk of life. These oral histories and many others on file—along with a vast archive of materials at the Research Center (Chisholm), inspired his love of this region’s colorful history. That deep affiliation later resulted in his three early novels—The Mesabi Trilogy—historical romance/dramas blending real and fictional events that shaped the region’s landscape. Three additional novels (action/mysteries) would follow. His unique writing ‘project’ chronicles a prominent Hibbing family through five generations and the entire twentieth century. McGauley has also published three children’s books, the latest being The Midnight Hour, in November, 2011. He is currently working on his seventh novel.