Episode 520 | Terry Brooks Interview

Today’s author interview is an Author Stories Best Of with Terry Brooks. With as many interviews as we have published, sometimes an older show gets dropped out of visibility, especially since some podcast apps like Apple Podcasts only show the most current 300 episodes. With people finding the show for the first time, they might not know about some of the gems from the archives. To help with that, sometimes we pull a show from the archives and bring it back to the top so that new listeners can find them. Today we revisit a chat I had with fantasy legend Terry Brooks. I hope you enjoy this show and stay tuned for more author interviews each weekday.


Today my guest is Terry Brooks, author of the Shannara Series, The Magic Kingdom Of Landover series, The Word/Void Series, and my favorite Terry Brooks book Sometimes The Magic Works. We talk about how he got his start, his love of William Faulkner, how writing fantasy helped him balance his life as a law student, the long slog between writing and publishing The Sword of Shannara, Why Elfstones is his favorite Shannara book, why the television adaptation begins with book two in the series, what he thinks of the show, his time with George Lucas, writing urban fantasy, his autobiographical fantasy book, and much more.

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About Terry Brooks:

TERRY BROOKS was born in Illinois in 1944. He spent a great deal of his childhood and early adulthood dreaming up stories in and around Sinnissippi Park, the very same setting for Running with the Demon. He received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, where he majored in English Literature and went on to earn his graduate degree from the School of Law at Washington & Lee University.

A writer since high school and heavily influenced by William Faulkner, it took him seven years to finish writing The Sword of Shannara, which published in 1977. It became the first work of fiction to ever appear on the New York Times trade paperback bestseller list, where it remained for over five months.

He published The Elfstones of Shannara in 1982 and The Wishsong of Shannara in 1985, both bestsellers.

Since that time, he has written numerous novels in the Shannara, Landover, and Word/Void series, including being hand-selected by George Lucas to write the novelization of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, which hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

“The Shannara Chronicles,” a first season 10-episode TV show, premiered January 5, 2016 on MTV. It adapts The Elfstones of Shannara and features the creative talents of Jon Favreau, Al Gough, Miles Millar, Jonathan Liebesman, and Terry Brooks as an Executive Producer.

What more does Terry have in store for us in the future? Visit the website’s What’s Next? page for the most updated magic only Terry can create.

Terry Brooks lives with his wife Judine in the Pacific Northwest and on the road meeting his fans.

To read a more comprehensive biography of Terry Brooks, read his memoir/writing book, Sometimes the Magic Works.

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