Terence Allison Harkin
Bio and Contact Information:
Terence A. Harkin earned a BA in English-American Literature from Brown University while spending weekends touring New England with his band, Stonehenge Circus, opening for The Yardbirds, the Shirelles, the Critters and Jimi Hendrix. His play, Resurrection, produced during his senior year, was a winner of the Production Workshop Playwriting Contest. In the USAF, despite editing and writing for two underground GI newspapers—Pro Patria Mori and The sNorton Bird—he was asked to write the 1971 History of Det 3, 601st Photo Flight. He won a CBS Fellowship for his screenwriting while completing an MFA at the University of Southern California and went on to spend twenty-five years as a Hollywood cameraman. His credits include Goodbye Girl, teen cult favorite The Legend of Billy Jean, Quincy, Designing Women, Seinfeld, Tracy Ullman, MASH, and From Here to Eternity. He continued to write, publishing several poems and professional articles while transforming The Big Buddha Bicycle Race from movie treatment to novel.
Working as a cameraman on MASH and the six-hour mini-series of From Here to Eternity had a powerful effect—in both style and scope—on the writing of Big Buddha and its sequel, Year of the Rabbit. He is currently at work on a third volume, Tinseltown Two-step. Unlike literature coming out of the recent American experience in the Middle East, The Big Buddha Trilogy is filled with the possibility of healing and redemption from the traumas of love and war.
219/48 Moo #8, T. Phiseux, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand / (09) 6269-9623
531 Gold Street, Toms River NJ 08753 USA / (732) 505-6708