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Terry Brooks Answers Your May Questions


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We learn by asking questions.

Learning has become easier with the internet(s)!

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 Suvudu 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!

Dear Readers,

It’s that time again. Ask Terry for the month of May. Already history, that month. But the questions linger on. Since the weather is so beautiful up here in the Northwest, I thought I would stay indoors and answer these questions.

That way I won’t get sunburned.

David Calhoun writes: Of course, being an avid reader, many of my favorite books have been made into movies (or in the case of Shannara, a TV series). Some are great films and keep to the book, while others completely ignored key components from the books they are based off. I would hate to see the Shannara TV series fall away from the books. So I was wondering how much control/input you will have in the making of the show?

Terry Brooks replies: I do have some control and a great deal of say in how the series goes. Fortunately, everyone involved is on board with keeping close to the storyline of Elfstones. I have already seen and reviewed the pilot episode and found it excellent. I have also seen the overview of the various following episodes and they are right on track, too. The writers and I have a similar vision for this story. While there will be changes in the way characters are introduced and interact – for dramatic effect and to adapt better to the medium of television – the basic story will remain unchanged. You can stop worrying until I tell you it is time to start again.

Robert White writes: Is there to be further development in the Landover series? Movie and books?

Terry Brooks replies: Magic Kingdom for Sale is optioned to Warner Bros. Studios with Steve Carell set to produce and star. Writer Patrick Ness is at work on a rewrite of the initial draft (which was pretty good). I expect we will have something more to report no later than Fall. As for further books, when they make the movie, I will write a new Magic Kingdom book. See you then.

Michael Cowin writes: Will you or do you have any plans to reintroduce black staff bearers into the ongoing Shannara series? I feel that it would be a great tie in, especially if the Word decides to help civilization again where the Druids have so many times fallen. It saddened me to see the last black staff bearer fade away as the races parted ways leaving the protective valley.

Terry Brooks replies: Let me just say that Measure of the Magic is not the end of that string of books I promised leading up to the formation of the First Council of Druids. So we have not seen the last of the black staffs or their bearers. All of that has yet to be resolved. So I guess the answer to your question is YES, I will be doing more with the bearers and staffs.

Dennis Klett writes: Any plans for annotated vesions of Elfstones and Wishsong?

Terry Brooks replies: Not at present. Maybe not ever. But there are stories about how each of those books came about, particularly Elfstones. So I will keep that in mind.

Michael Strebing writes: Are you a football fan? 49ers or Seahawks?

Terry Brooks replies: I live in Seattle. Seahawks forever. Look for them to be in the hunt again this year and for the foreseeable future. The 12th Man rules up here.

Caught up. You didn’t think I could do it, did you?

See you next month!

Best Wishes,

To ask your own questions of Terry Brooks, visit his website at www.terrybrooks.net!


speakman-shawnShawn 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.”

He is also editor and contributor of Unfettered, a fantasy anthology featuring some of the best writers in the genre. When Shawn isn’t lying for a living, he runs The Signed Page and Grim Oak Press.


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