Simon Hawke was born Nikolai Yermakov to Russian immigrant parents in 1951 in New York City. He grew up on Long Island and has also lived in Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., California, Colorado, and Arizona. He has traveled extensively, usually by motorcycle, and after 50 years of riding, only gave it up last year. After writing a number of novels under his birth name, he started writing under the pen name of Simon Hawke, and eventually changed it legally. He is the author of over 60 published novels, among them the Time Wars series and the Wizard of 4th Street series. He received his B.A. in Communications from Hofstra University and his M.A. in English and History from Western New Mexico University. The rest of his education he received from the school of hard knocks.
In addition to writing, he has worked a wide variety of jobs, some interesting and some not, and for the past 17 years has been employed by Home Depot. He is married to Deborah Brien and makes his home in Greensboro, N.C. An avid fitness enthusiast, he enjoys weight lifting, walking, yoga, and kayaking.