Web Druid Shawn suggested I write something about the release day of The Sword of Shannara.

As if I can remember that far back. But I will give it a try.

I was living in Illinois then, still a practicing attorney, still really in the dark about how the book world functioned. Lester & Judy-Lynn Del Rey had taken me under their collective wing and guided me along with Sword for the better part of 3 years. I was green as grass. Didn’t know a thing. When they called me to say that the book was on the New York Times bestseller list, I thought that sounded pretty good. But I didn’t know anything about the list. I thought lots of people ended up on it. That’s sort of the way it went leading up to the release.

But the day of the release wasn’t anything special. I wasn’t touring in those days. I lived in a town with a small Waldenbooks Store, miles from anything. I had been reviewed to death, but only in print. No one was calling for comments or anything. No bells or whistles or sirens went off. It was just another day.

I do remember that several days later Judy-Lynn called and asked how I was coming on the next book. Next book? Gosh, I thought, maybe I ought to think about writing one.

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.