Terrence Crimmins was the youngest of nine in an Irish Catholic family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he rooted for the Pirates and the Steelers. He continued his Catholic education at Boston College, where he also learned to drink beer and play rugby, and received Bachelors and Masters degrees. Crimmins has done newspaper work, online columns, published in a scholarly journal, optioned a screenplay for a biographical picture, and taught history in Baltimore, Maryland, for a number of years. He writes short stories and is currently engaged in authoring a series of three novels about American historical figures, and now resides in his old hometown of Pittsburgh.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My favorite night out is dinner at a unique restaurant followed by going to a great theater performance with my girlfriend. Sounds trite, I suppose? Ah well. I enjoy camping, hiking and fly fishing (unfortunately, she doesn't), but I try to get her to go shopping at such times (which she loves and I hate). I enjoy reading, of course, biographies and good literature, and playing in old boys rugby games, but I don't know how much longer I will be able to do that!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was the class play when I was in 6th grade, and it was based on Jules Verne's novel, Around the World in Eighty Days. I was incensed that our teacher turned it into a musical, with my class members singing songs like "We will go a Wandering."
Published: October 26, 2016.
Fiction » Historical » USA
Crimmins' book gives the reader an eyewitness description of a man who started as a poor Hungarian immigrant yet became the individual who changed newspapers and politics in the United States and the world.