As author of the Academy Award nominated film Star Wars Espisode 1: The Phantom Menace, Terry Brooks is considered to be the second -biggest selling living fantasy writer, behind J.K. Rowling.
Terry Brooks is the first author to make the New York Times Best Seller list in the fantasy writing genre. Now with over 23 New York Times bestsellers, movie deals and busier than ever, Terry finds time to give back to his adopted hometown of Seattle, Washington and new writers struggling to find their own voice. In fact, he wrote a the book "Sometimes the Magic Works" to help people try to write better. Terry also answers writer questions and gives an overview of the different avenues a writer can take to become a published author.
An original "nice guy" I talk to Terry about his writing, art, Seattle and his passion for compassion!
Terry has been writing since high school but during one semester early in his college years he ws given The Lord of the Rings to read. That moment changed his life forever, because in Tolkien's great work he found all the elements needed to fully explore his writing combined in one genre.
The Sword of Shannara was born! It became the first work of fiction ever to appear on the New York Times trade paperback bestseller list, where it remained for over five months.
Hollywood has been interested in Terry's work for a long time. He has sold rights to various studios over the years but nothing has been greenlit into production. Currently, Warner Bros. hold the rights to the Landover books with Steve Carell attached to play Ben Holiday.
The Elfstones of Shannara is being looked at for a television series ala Game of Thrones. Sonar Entertainment has acquired the rights to Shannara.