Dear BrooksBooks Readers,

What a year! I don’t know about yours, but I am exhausted from mine. Thank goodness it’s 2014. There’s lots of madness and hard work ahead, but I think I might be on the downhill side of a few of the more complex and challenging struggles I’ve been dealing with over the past twelve months. As usual with this year-end epistle, I will share it all with you now.

The most frustrating effort has been with the negotiations that led up to my partnering with MTV to make a television series of the Shannara Books. By now, you probably have heard something about it (click HERE if not). You are just finding out. I have known about it for months and not been able to talk about it because the details weren’t settled. That was maddening. Everyday, I expected to see an announcement about the project. It took almost all year for it to come to fruition. This culminates more than 35 years of trying to find a way to bring Shannara to the screen in some form. Each time an option was secured, the effort collapsed. It is not an exaggeration to say it was all for the good. Our current situation is so much better than anything we’ve had before it is like night and day. Because of the nature of the agreement, I will be able to help keep the heart of the book series intact. Sure there will be a few changes, but I have every reason to believe you won’t be upset with any of it. Right now, everyone is hard at work on bringing Elfstones of Shannara to life. More on this when I have more to tell you.

At the same time this was happening, Warner Brothers was moving ahead with the movie of Magic Kingdom. My connection with this project is more peripheral, but of course I am in there attempting to hold their feet to the fire as promised. Steve Carell is still signed on to produce and star. The people involved in the production are still committed. The new screenplay is much better than the last. All things look favorable. Still, it cost me some blood, sweat and tears to stay on top of things. But I think it was worth it, and I have high hopes. More later on this, too.

I also decided to write the end of the Shannara series. I keep joking that if I don’t and die unexpectedly, Brandon Sanderson will finish it for me. He would do a good job of it, too – if Shawn didn’t get to it first. But I think I should be the one to do it. Really, it is time. I want to move on to other projects. So I have signed on with Del Rey for one last Shannara fling. I have three new Shannara lead-ups coming out this year and next and the next two years, but after that I will begin writing and publishing the final three books. Yes, it will be a trilogy. Yes, these will be epic in the same way the originals were. What a surprise, huh?

Other writing projects are on the drawing board. As you know, I don’t believe in talking about anything that I haven’t written in any great detail. It saps the life out of the project when you do that. So you will have to wait on me and trust that I will come through for you with the finished result. I will say that I am excited about what I am going to do. I think doing something entirely new is necessary and important to a writer’s life. Hope it turns out that way for me.

Been a lot of fun spending time with some of you at the signings I did for Bloodfire Quest and Witch Wraith. Thanks for coming out to say hello. Also to those who came to other, unrelated book events. You were all great.

Also, thanks to my Italian readers, especially the Blue Divide contingent, for visiting with Judine and me in Italy this past September. Did a number of events in Mantova and Bologna and out on the island of Sardinia, as well. Ate a lot of good food, drank a lot of good wine, and had some good conversations in spite of my limitations speaking the language.

In a few days, I will celebrate my 70th birthday. Can’t say that I feel any different than I did last year or the year before, but it is a big number. In spirit, I will be spending it with all of you. Who else do I owe more to for my last 35 years as an author than my readers? You have been faithful and stand-up all the way. I am blessed.

All good wishes in the New Year, Terry.

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.