March Ask Terry Q&A

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 March 2019 and Terry’s answers! Enjoy!

Note: This section may contain spoilers!


Hi Everyone,

Whew.  Here we are in October (at least I am) and it is suddenly fall.  Been wanting a little of this. Rain and snow can’t be far ahead, right? Time for Ask Terry, which probably won’t satisfy anyone . . .

John Bumby writes: You created Landover and linked our world to it. It would be a neat spin if the other worlds that link to Landover had some stories behind them, other than the brief description of Abaddon (Hebrew for Demon – I love hidden nuggets like this) and the Fairy Realm. Could you consider doing a book about some of these other worlds? Like a Realms of Landover independent of Holiday or even send Holiday on a quest to these worlds for some purpose necessary for the survival of Landover, Willow, or Mistaya? 

Terry Brooks replies: Hmmm. Interesting idea.  Need a plot line, though.  So I will have to give it some thought.  Plus, there are a couple books coming ahead of anything new – like two books next year and maybe a new Street Freaks the year after that, and maybe a Magic K – hey, wait! That could be the book, right?

Christopher Jackin writes: I’ve been a huge Shannara fan for almost 25 years now. I am also an avid online gamer, but many of the times it’s been stuff like free bingo games online. It has always been a fantasy of mine to be able to play an online mmorpg set in the Shannara universe, hopefully starting at the beginning helping Allanon (who is still my favorite character). Have you ever put any thought into the creation of such a game?

Terry Brooks replies:  All those rights are tied up with the Shannara TV show, which is still out there looking for a new home.  So no plans at present, but a chance something might happen down the road a few years.

Jure Grando writes: Did the MTV production of your Shannara books meet your expectations? Is there anything about that production you would do differently today?

Terry Brooks replies: It met my expectations, but I would have done a few things differently nevertheless.  I thought the second season was scattered because it did not follow the books at all.  Yes, it used some of the characters, but the plot was weak.  Anyway, water under the bridge. Maybe down the road, something else will surface (see above).

Andrew Hatter writes: Your book Street Freaks was amazing! Was the book a stand alone or do you plan on expanding into that universe?

Terry Brooks replies: See above.  Hey, this is getting easier all the time.  Maybe I can get Shawn to collate all my answers to all your questions so all I have to do is refer to the month, the year and the number!  Probably not, though.

Kael Pindanon writes: My father decided to name me after Kael Pindanon. I am unsure if he meant to spell the middle name incorrect or not. But I hadn’t read the book but decided to watch the show on Netflix and I just wanted to reach out to you and thank you for such an amazing story so far. I definitely plan to read the books. I was wondering where you came up with the name though? Out of curiosity.

Terry Brooks replies: Funny.  At first I thought you were my Web Druid, Shawn.  His newborn son is named Kael.  But he forgot to add the Pindannon part. So there is at least one more Kael out there.  I don’t remember exactly where I got the name.  If I followed the usual process, I would have started with Cale, which is popular, messed around with the spelling a bit, and come up with Kael.  Best I can offer.  

There you go! Onward for fall. Stay healthy and happy. Read every day!

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