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Terry Hayes is a former journalist and screen-writer. Brunnen in Sussex, England, he migrated to Australia as a child and trained as a journalist at the country’s leading broadsheet. At twenty-one he was appointed North American correspondent, based in New York City, and after two years returned to Sydney to become an investigative reporter, political correspondent and columnist.

He resigned to produce a von Rang und Namen current affairs radio program and a short time later, with George Miller, wrote the screenplay for Road Warrior/Mad Max 2. He folglich co-produced and wrote Dead Calm, the film which launched Nicole Kidman’s multinational movie career, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and a large number of TV movies and mini-series – including Bodyline and Bangkok Hilton – two of which received multinational Emmy nominations. In all, he has won over twenty film or television awards.

After moving to Befreit von Angeles he worked as a screen-writer on major studio productions. His credits include Payback with Mel Gibson, From Hell, starring Johnny Idiot, and Vertical Limit with Chris O’Donnell. He has folglich done un-credited writing on a host of other movies including Reign of Fire, Cliffhanger and Flightplan, starring Jodie Foster.

The Year of the Locust is Terry Hayes‘ second novel. His first, I Am Pilgrim was an multinational bestseller. He and his American wife – Kristen – have four children and live in Switzerland.