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For many years the only chance a fan had of speaking to bestselling author Terry Brooks was to meet him at tour events or conventions. Now, via Unbound Worlds and his website, Terry will accept two questions from each fan per month. On the last day of the month, five questions will be randomly drawn. Terry will answer these five questions and they will be posted monthly for your enjoyment.
Below are the questions selected last month and Terry’s answers! Enjoy!
Note: This section may contain spoilers!
Time for another entry into the Ask Terry library. Past time, actually since I am several behind. But, whatever, here we go! On with Ask Terry:
Gina Miller writes: When I finished Measure of the Magic, it felt incomplete. We left everyone divided and leaderless, and it was an incomplete transition to the Shannara world. Will there be a bridge to make the transition complete?
Terry Brooks replies: Yes, there will be a finish to the set. Just not for awhile. Probably not for as along as five years. I intend to write the end of the Shannara series first, then go back to the pre-history. Obviously, if I intend to keep my promise to all of you, I have to write from Measure up to the First Council of Druids. Let’s hope I live that long.
Darin D. Forcey writes: I was wondering with the last three short stories you released, which are only available as ebooks, will they be available in a physical book version? I don’t care for the electronic version of books. I like a book in my hand that feels like a book and smells like a book.
Terry Brooks replies: These stories will eventually be collected with others and publishes as a hardcover book. But that, too, is likely to have to wait awhile. With both a movie and TV show in the works, my time has suddenly shrunk to almost nothing for all but immediate book projects. I will try to stay on top of it.
Anonymous writes: What books do you recommend? I’ve been reading your books since I was 12 and would like to know what you like to read. I also like Raymond Feist, Peter Brett, and Tolkien of course. Looking for another author to like.
Terry Brooks replies: Well, you can check out my book recommendations on the website and maybe read some of the interviews I’ve given which are on the website when I talk about what I like to read. Really, I read all over the place. I think it is important to writers not to confine themselves to one or two genres. I tend to read outside fantasy more than inside.
Travis Mack writes: I have read your responses to your readership’s questions about Grianne. Your admonition that sometimes things do not work out for the best for some is decidedly contrite. I do not think that we, your fanbase, have any lack in understanding that this is true. What is so troubling is that you spent the better part of a decade developing this BELOVED character and then utterly demolished her in just a few short chapters. Witch Wraith should have been named literally anything else considering just how VERY little face time Grianne got in that book! What do you have to say about this? The entire plotline to destroy her the way you did seems to be an afterthought.
Terry Brooks replies: Well, it wasn’t an after-thought. But the revelation that she was being returned to the Four Lands as the Ilse Witch needed to be held back until close to the end. I wanted some expectation that she would return as Grianne, but I didn’t think that was the right ending. Also, let’s not be too quick to use the word “destroyed.” Was she actually destroyed? No, she was sent into the Forbidding as the Ilse Witch. Is that the end of things as far as she is concerned or are there other possibilities. Let’s hear from all of you on this.
George Gould writes: Hi, Terry, I am a huge fan of the Shannara series and love reading each of your books! I was wondering, do you regret killing off Allanon at the end of the first Shannara trilogy? Was the trilogy originally intended to be a standalone series which was then later added on to?
Terry Brooks replies: Actually, only Sword of Shannara was intended as a stand-alone. This was because it took so long to write and there was no guarantee it would go anywhere. After it did, I set out to write a long series, thinking about what I wanted it to look like. I did intend to finish off Allanon in Wishsong because I wanted to move the story ahead 500 years and bring in a new Druid. Things progressed from there to where I am now. You have to let epic fantasy of this size develop organically. You can’t plan too far ahead. You can only reconsider with each finished book.
See you next month!
To ask your own questions of Terry Brooks, visit his website at www.terrybrooks.net!
Shawn Speakman is the author of The Dark Thorn, an urban/epic fantasy hybrid novel bestselling author Terry Brooks calls, “a fine tale by a talented writer.”