May Ask Terry Posted

Terry Brooks
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 May 2017 and Terry’s answers! Enjoy!

Note: This section may contain spoilers!


Welcome back, Readers,

Here we go again, setting out on a new adventure in dealing with fans! Got this latest batch of questions and promptly went back to bed. But now I am up again and ready to deliver answers – tough, hard, really really BIG answers – to your questions. So here goes:

Sarah writes: I have only started reading your books, and i must say that I enjoying them greatly! I am currently reading the Landover series. I am wondering will that series continue further? Doing a little research, there was a mentioned that a seventh book would be written. But I have not discovered when. Will it continue?

Terry Brooks replies: Thanks for taking a chance on my books, Sarah. You are my favorite new reader for the next three minutes. You pose a valid question. I did promise a new Landover book, and until very recently I was wondering exactly when I would write it. Now I know. I will write it right after finishing the last two Shannara books in the Fall of Shannara series. So that means I would begin writing it in late 2019. Publishing would likely happen in 2020 or 2021. Seems like forever, doesn’t it? But time passes quickly on these things – and, you never know, I might finish it earlier.

Abdul Malik writes: When will Season Two TV series begin because the suspense of it all is unbearable?

Terry Brooks replies: Happy to be able to give you the answer. Season Two began airing on Thursday, October 11 at 10 pm on the SPIKE network. Ten episodes, just as with Season One. Have seen them all in raw form. Great visuals, a bunch of new actors to join those of our old cast who still live, an exciting edge-of-your-seat storyline, some shocking plot turns and lots of action. I think you will not regret you waited. We will try not to make you wait so long in the future.

Max West writes: I only have one question for Terry and it regards the First War of the Races. It has been mentioned in some of the earlier books. Will any future texts actually feature the war itself, its causes and its battles?

Terry Brooks replies: First of all, watch the new Season Two of the Shannara Chronicles. There are some interesting references there. Second, I might get to that if I carry forward the pre-history of Shannara far enough. I’m not sure I am up to it, but will do my best. Some things are best left to the past to the reader’s imagination. This might be one of those.

Derek writes: Even though I prefer the books, I am enjoying the Shannara Chronicles on MTV/Spike. Knowing that they were not going to follow the books really helped me enjoy them a different way. Is there ever a plan to do the same with Landover or the Word and Void series?

Terry Brooks replies: Landover is a project in search of a studio. It is still an intact production, but Warner Bros. begged off at the last minute due to the odd mind-set of its now departed head of studio. So we soldier on with what we have, including a pretty good script, but finding a home in a market of comic book look-alikes, retreads and really poor decisions on what people want to see is making it tougher than I would like. News when we have it on this one.

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

Dennis Michael Montgomery writes: What do you (outside of bad grammar) consider bad writing? Do you have any peeves when it comes to writing?

Terry Brooks replies: OMG! Where to start? Yes, I don’t like bad grammar and repetitions and lazy imagery and bad plotting and editing. Mostly, it has to do with style. I like a book that transports me from my reading chair to another world and other lives. I want the author to capture my imagination and make me want to know what happens to the characters conceived. I read everything, so I am not prejudiced again any particular genre or style. I’ll give any book a 100 pages before giving up. But like all of you, I am always looking for the next great book and author. Usually, I find them pretty quickly. There are more candidates than hours in my life.

So there. Got through that one. I will be more in evidence in the following months on Facebook and the website than I have been, and I hope to see you all there.

Much good magic,

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