This blog is a printed thanks to Ben L. & his wife. Ben came up to our table last Friday while Judine and I were having breakfast. He asked if I was Terry Brooks and then said he just wanted to thank me for my books. He apologized for interrupting breakfast and we exchanged a few words about my work and he and his wife said goodbye. Nice to hear his kind words, I thought. When we were leaving, the cashier told us that Ben had paid for our breakfast. He left a note telling me how much my books meant to him, stories his Dad first read to him when he was five.
Judine is forever saying to anyone who will listen that I have the best, most well-behaved and knowledgeable fans. She is not mistaken. Ben is an example of this, and this sort of thing is so common and so pervasive by now that I almost take it for granted. Almost, but not quite. I read the stories all the time about celebrities who react poorly to being approached by fans. Not me. I take it as a compliment every time someone tells me they like my books. I take it as a reminder of how important it is to treat your readers well. Write a good book every single time. Never cut corners, never skimp. Never give up! Never surrender! Oh, wait. That’s someone else.
The point is I am grateful for all of you. I do not take you for granted. I do not think I have earned anything with what I have done in the past. I expect to have to earn your loyalty and support and faith each time out. But when you tell me the sort of things Ben did, it makes it so worth the effort.