August 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 August 2019 and Terry’s answers! Enjoy!

Note: This section may contain spoilers!


Hi Everyone,

Once more, we sally forth!  More questions, more answers, some sense perhaps.  We shall see!

Nate Weinand writes: I’m planning on reading your Hook novelization next and was wondering how you got involved in writing those books (Hook and Phantom Menace). 

Terry Brooks replies: That is a long story.  Two stories, really, and too long for here.  Basically, the first involvement was an act of extreme hubris and the second an act of self-preservation.  Read my book Sometimes the Magic Works (Grim Oak Press has a lovely fully-illustrated edition too) for a more complete telling of each.

Carl Dunkling writes: I’ve been an avid reader of yours for some 30 years now, and enjoy reading and re-reading your books. So my question is, of all your characters that you have created, who is your favorite and why?

Terry Brooks replies:  Oh, man, Carl.  I cannot tell you that.  Choosing one of my characters as my favorite is like choosing between my children.  Each has a special place in my heart, each for a different reason.  I am rather fond of Ben Holiday in Magic Kingdom, since he is essentially me.  I also like Brin Ohmsford quite a bit.  She is such a complex mix of strength and weakness.

Anonymous writes: In the Word and Void books, you indicated there was a magic which comes through the female line. Will you be introducing us to the other magic women in the Freemark family?

Terry Brooks replies: Probably not.  I think I am done with that series insofar as it has to do with the Freemarks.  My latest novella in the Word & Void series has another family in the lead entirely.

Rick Gold writes: It’s been awhile, have you any update on The Shannara Chronicles TV show? Thanks! You are a really awesome writer.

Terry Brooks replies: Well, for all intents and purposes it is not going to return.  There are some – me among them, of course – who would like to make that happen, but so far no one has really gotten any traction on getting the job done.  For me, time to move on.

Emiliano writes: Are there any projects for comic books or graphic novels based on the Shannara or Landover books?

Terry Brooks replies: There are not.  Both sets of books are tied up in options, the first of which will not expire for several years, the second of which may yield something in graphic writing in the months ahead.  I will report it right here if it does happen.

So long for now.  Winter is no longer in control of the Northwest.  It has come and gone, and we are moving towards spring already.  Crocus and snowdrops blooming in our yard.  Love it!

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