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 from April 2017 and Terry’s answers! Enjoy!

Note: This section may contain spoilers!

APRIL ASK TERRY Q&A

Hello Again, Everyone!

Welcome back to Ask Terry for another month of author avoidance, duplicity, pretense and generally bad behavior in trying to figure out how to explain the unexplainable. Well, what can you do when you’ve screwed up. Drives me crazy, but we all know what it’s like, so there is no avoiding the fact that we all do it now and then. Anyway, on with the show!


Reese Golden writes: Hey Terry. Just finished Dark Legacy of Shanara. I am feeling really bad for Redden because of the pain he went through and how Mirai fell in love with Railing instead. Did Redden ever find love. If so was it Orithina?

Terry Brooks replies: You know what? I’m not sure. He never got back to me on that one, even though I wrote him several times. Sort of like a certain author I know who seemingly ignores his fans when they write him. Maybe that is fodder for another tale in another time. But at the moment, the fate of Redden has been left hanging and might have to stay that way for a bit. What do you think, Reese? Did he find happiness after the end of Dark Legacy? Seems like he deserved it, doesn’t it?


James D. Writes: Is there any possible way you could write in a story line that might save Tesla Dart from the Forbidding? I totally loved that little character and it was heart breaking to find her yanked back to the Forbidding at the end of the story.

Terry Brooks replies: Giving that one some thought – along with saving Grianne Ohmsford. But it will have to wait a few years until I do it as a short. You never know.


Graham Bonner writes: Hi Terry, is there any chance of the e books coming out in print? I’m old fashioned and like to hold the book. I feel I’m missing out.

Terry Brooks replies: I am still in need of a few more short stories and a somewhat long short story before I can package them up. Will try to do that in the next year or two. I have said I would, but readers are beginning to wonder about my promises.


Danielle writes: I was super excited to meet you at Supanova and while I understand and hope that you and your family are well, I was wondering how might I go about getting a signed copy of one of your books? It would mean so much to me to have the signature of one of my favoutire authors.

Terry Brooks replies: Well, Danielle, first of all, I am coming back to Supernova in April of 2018 in Gold Coast and Melbourne. So if you are going to be there, too, you can have as many books signed as you would like. No limit. If you can’t make that, you can mail something to me at my drop box (check the wesite for details) sending along return postage and packaging, and then be prepared to wait a while because I am gone so much of the time. It usually requires a few months before any return will reach you. So hope this helps. Would love for you to have a signed book.

Also, you can check with Web Druid Shawn at The Signed Page. He usually has signed copies for sale, as well.


Kevin Bell writes: Are you as sad as your fans about Shannara ending? I’ve been reading these books for my entire adult life (I’m 47). I’ve had Shannara in my life longer than my wife (25 years). Cant imagine it not being there.

Terry Brooks replies: Sure, I am sad. But it is time. Turns out I am not going to live forever (who knew?), so I have to think about the possibility of someone else writing the end. Don’t want that to happen, so better if I do it now. But I do plan to write other books in the series – just not after The Fall of Shannara concludes timewise. I have lots of gaps to fill in when I take a look back. I just have to choose something.


Whew! Think I might have dodged a few more bullets. See you next month with another fresh batch of (hopefully) creative answers. But seriously considered, too.

Thanks for all your support,

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