Sunday, October 17, 2010

Terry Brooks

Yesterday I had an opportunity to meet one of my favorite authors. Terry Brooks is probably the first fantasy author I ever read. Whether or not you like his books, he is the epitome of a successful writing career. While spending about seven years as a lawyer he wrote his first book, The Sword of Shannara, which is the first fantasy book to appear on the New York Times trade paperback bestseller list. He has written 22 bestsellers and has sold over 21 million copies.

Terry spent some time reading from two of his books, and then took questions from the small audience. He shared some insight behind his stories, his life as an author, and gave advice for new writers. Since this was a writer's group, there were quite a few wannabe writers in the audience, so his advice was falling on willing ears. I appreciated that of all things a writer needs to get published, he said the number two thing on the list was perseverence, while at the top of the list was luck.

Here's me fanboy geeking out: