Ask Terry

Ask Terry

For many years the only chance a fan had of speaking to Terry was to meet him at tour events or conventions.

With the establishment of this website in 2000, Terry began accepting two questions from each fan per month. On the last day of the month, five questions are randomly drawn. Terry answers these five questions and they are posted monthly for your enjoyment.

Below are the questions selected last month and Terry’s answers! Enjoy!

Note: This section may contain spoilers!

Greetings Readers,

A little late, but here they are. I will try to get caught up all the way in the next 30 days. Really been churning out pages, got so many things in the works you wouldn’t believe it. If only Hollywood worked at the same pace I do. But that’s another story for another time. Onward!

Here is the newest batch of Ask Terry:

Anonymous writes: I have read the Landover series multiple time and have throughly enjoyed them but I have alway been interested in the past of Landover. Is there any chance of writing a prequel set before the old king passed away?

Terry Brooks replies: OMG, are you kidding? Who are you, to ask such a disturbing question? I am already burdened with the prehistory of Shannara, and now I have to think about the prehistory of Landover? Excuse me while I go call my therapist. Seriously, no. I am not planning to do any sort of prehistory of Landover apart from what crops up in the stories that follow. Could be that there will be something about the origins and such just because the plot calls for it. But no separate prehistory books are in the works.

Anonymous writes: I confess to enjoying the villains and monsters of your books much more than I do the heroes. For example, I found Antrax and the Morgawr really enjoyable to read about in comparison to the protagonists of the books. Therefore: Who would you say is your most villainous character in any book you’ve written?

Terry Brooks replies: I am going to beg off on this one. I will say the same thing about villains that I say about protagonists and books when asked which is my favorite. I cannot choose between my children. All of them have a place in my black heart for one reason or another. I have a great time imagining who or what they are, but no favorites to offer. Sorry about that. You write back and tell me which is your favorite – Antrax or Morgawr.

Russ Wilkerson writes: You may answered this already in a post or a blog, but I was wondering about the changes in the cover art of A Princess of Landover. The hardcover was more bluish, and Mistaya was standing by the gate. The paperback is more reddish and the young lady is missing. What gives?

Terry Brooks replies: Artistic license and marketing adjustments for reasons known only to them and to . . . Well, I don’t know who. Not to me, anyway. I always wonder about the change in covers in the British editions. In that case, I am told, the readers prefer their covers to all match. They prefer sets that are easily identifiable. Here, in the US? Beats me.

Steve S. writes: I’m curious about the reason for having the saffron, white and emerald Elfstones being returned to the Forbidding. Is it because you wanted them to be a deeper mystery than if they were recovered, but never elaborated on in future novels?

Terry Brooks replies: Haven’t decided about this, as yet. I just knew I didn’t want all that magic brought back at once. Too complicated to deal with. Also, I liked the idea that the old magic was mostly out of reach, desired but never quite attainable. I also like the idea of readers imagining just what it is that the other Elfstones do. Suggestions are welcome.

Chris Kurtz writes: I think you should offer replicas or jewelry even of some of the famous relics from your books. Such as The Sword of Shannara, the different Elfstones, the Sword of Leah, etc. Some of us may just like a physical piece of your legacy beyond owning the books. So I guess my question is if you have considered doing any of this at all? Thank you for you time.

Terry Brooks replies: I have considered it, even though I am not a fan of peripheral stuff attached to the books. The books are what matters to me. The rest really doesn’t. That said, an ongoing problem has been that none of that can be made available while the Shannara books are under option by Movie Studios or TV Networks. This has been true on and off much of the past 35 years. It is true again now. Once the TV series gets rolling, I think you will see a lot of marketing involved with everything imaginable, just as with other major fantasy.

See you next month! Or in a week! Ha!

All my best,

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