Author Michael Rountree
Dear Gunpowder fan,
Growing up in central Texas, mostly around Brady and Ballinger,
I was extremely fortunate to have one of the best child-hoods. The
internet and video games weren’t around yet, so after I got off the
school bus, I would grab a snack, saddle my horse, and be gone until
dark on most days.
My imagination would lead me to imitate what I had watched on
the most recent cowboy movie. I rode through miles of mesquite
trees and prickly pear cactus, chasing and roping wild cattle, and
fighting outlaws. My dad, a horse trainer and a farrier or horse
shoer, and my mom, a ranch girl and business owner, made sure I was well stocked with my best friends, my horses and dogs.
Fast forward many years, after a Masters degree in Education, marriage, and a family and I’m reading with one of my fifth-grade students. I can’t remember if it was Ole Yeller or Where the Red Fern Grows, but it dawned on me, that if I put some memories and thoughts together, maybe I could have enough for a book and sure enough, it happened, then again, and then a 3rd one in the Gunpowder series. I hope I never stop writing them.
I believe this is year 24 in my teaching career and I have taught 4th through 12th grade, mostly Reading and Social Studies. I’ve always tried to find that common link between two of my loves, horses and teaching. I can’t express the feeling a teacher gets when one of their students says, “I love to read!” Jennifer, my wife and fourth grade teacher, and I live on a 100 acre ranch northwest of Spearman, Texas where we enjoy our horses, dogs, chickens, and garden.
I hope you enjoy reading about Gunpowder, Conrad, and all their friends on the Mesquite Bean Ranch and Cowboy School. I would love to hear from you with any questions or comments. Just drop me an email at
Author of Gunpowder
"When rough times crop up, we work together as a family to pitch in and get through those rough times- Herman, Anne, Conrad, and me, Gunpowder."