BrooksBlog: Why Do I Keep Touring?

Going on tour in September with The Measure of the Magic. I will be Writer Guest of Honor at DragonCon, a convention I like but have not gone to much of late and will be happy to get back to, and then on to North Carolina and New England. Before that, I will be hitting some bookstores in the Pacific Northwest. Afterwards, too. You can read all about it on the website. This will be my umpteenth tour; really, I’ve lost count. I started back in 1982, and I have gone out almost every year since then, sometimes more than once a year and frequently abroad to countries in Europe, as well. It has been a grand experience, but I am wearing down. I used to do 4-6 weeks without missing a beat, but things have changed. (Where have you heard that one). It has to do with age, but it also has to do with the rules of travel. Getting anywhere is much harder and more taxing than it used to be. These days, I prefer a direct flight to some part of the country followed by driving around to the places I want to get to. But I seriously don’t know how much more of this I will do. Every year I say this year is the end. And when next year comes around I say next year is the end. I don’t see myself doing this at 90, but sometimes I wonder. These days I try to limit myself. What I really care about and want to do is to write books. The rest of it seems less important. What do you think about this? It seems like authors tour at the drop of the hat. But I think authors should be writing books, not being sideshows and performance artisits. I hate to say this, and it will probably get me in trouble, but author’s for the most part aren’t that interesting. Their work matters, but how much do we need to know about them? How much do you need to know about me? Not that much, I think.

Written by Terry Brooks
I am the author of the Shannara, Landover, and Word/Void series, as well as Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Street Freaks. I love to write, read, and travel. For more information about me, you can read my writing guide/memoir, Sometimes the Magic Works.