Terence Hawkins was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. The grandson and nephew of coal miners, he attended public schools and then matriculated at Yale College. He was not only permitted to graduate, but along the road served as Publisher of the Yale Daily News. He attended the University of Wisconsin Law School and returned to New Haven to practice as a trial attorney. Nevertheless he continued to write. In 2009, his first novel, The Rage of Achilles, a shameless desecration of the ur-story of western literature, was published. In 2011, he founded the Yale Writers’ Conference. He now writes and teaches full time, abetted by his muse and keeper, the enigmatic and pithy Mrs. H.