Many books ago, I was introduced to fantasy writer Terry Brooks. My best friend had been a loyal devotee since childhood. He loaned me his copy of The Sword of Shannara, and I stayed up most of the night devouring it. I completely fell in love with Shea Ohmsford and his quest to defeat the evil Warlock Lord. The book was such an epic masterpiece filled with some of the most incredible characters in a work of fantasy. Some time later, I started reading Brooks’s Magic Kingdom of Landover series and fell in love all over again. Imagine my excitement when my bestie informed me that Terry Brooks would be doing a speaking engagement and book signing near us! It was such a great evening and well worth it!
I found Terry Brooks to be a fun and engaging speaker. He was kind of like the funny old uncle you see at family gatherings. It was great hearing him talk about his upcoming works. I’m most excited about the release of Street Freaks, his upcoming sci-fi thriller. Terry also read an excerpt from a new novella in his Word & Void series. He’s been a published author for over forty years, so he knows a thing or two about the craft. He was incredibly patient and took the time to answer several questions from the fans. I was most excited to hear that a new Landover book will be written in the next couple of years! Listening to Brooks discuss his career made me realize that I am so behind on the Shannara books. More for the TBR pile! I also really want to read his guide to writing, Sometimes the Magic Works.
In order to participate in the book signing, you had to buy a copy of his newest release The Skaar Invasion, the next chapter in The Fall of Shannara series. We were told we could each bring one other book (although several people brought way more), so I chose my volume that holds the first three Landover books. Fortunately, the environment was quite pleasant. The event took place in a large bookstore, and I had fun looking at different books while my friend held my place in line. Unfortunately, budget issues kept my temptations in check.
Despite the long wait, it was so worth it. Terry Brooks was a warm and caring individual who made it a point to talk to each fan for a few moments. I also loved that he wrote a different inspiring message for each of my books. After the event, my friend and I went to a place called Pops, a local landmark that sells (you guessed it) all brands of unique sodas. I made my friend buy a ranch-flavored soda. I tried a sip, and it was quite nasty. All in all, the whole adventure was a lot of fun. I can now say I’ve met and attended signings by two famous authors (the first was Kazuo Ishiguro). I’m motivated now to get caught up with the Shannara books and actually plan to reread the Landover novels in the near future.