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Terence A. Harkin earned a BA in English-American Literature from Brown University while spending weekends touring New England with bands that opened for The Yardbirds, the Shirelles, the Critters and Jimi Hendrix. In the USAF—despite editing and writing for two underground GI newspapers—he was asked to write the 1971 History of Detachment 3 of the 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 The Goodbye Girl, The Legend of Billie Jean, Quincy, Designing Women, Seinfeld, Tracy Ullman, MASH, and From Here to Eternity.

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 (awarded a 2020 Silver Medal in Literary Fiction by the Military Writers Society of America) and its sequel, Year of the Rabbit. He is currently at work on a third volume, Tinseltown Two-step. In these cynical times, The Big Buddha Trilogy stands out as a wartime love story where healing and redemption are possible from the traumas of both love and war.