Terry Brooks

MisCon 29 Guest of Honor

Terry Brooks is an American fantasy writer widely known for his Shannara, Landover, and Word and the Void series. He writes mainly epic fantasy, and has also written movie novelizations for Star Wars Episode 1: the Phantom Menace and the film Hook). 

He has written 23 New York Times bestsellers during his writing career, and has over 21 million copies of his books in print. He is one of the biggest-selling living fantasy writers.

Terry Brooks was born in the rural mid-western town of Sterling, Illinois, and spent a large part of his life living there. He is an alumnus of Hamilton College, earning his B.A. in English literature in 1966. He later obtained a J.D. from Washington and Lee University. He was a practicing attorney before becoming a full-time author and now resides in Seattle, Washington, with his wife, Judine.

Brooks had been a writer since high school, writing mainly in the genres of science fiction, western, fiction, and non-fiction. One day, in his early college life, he was given a copy of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, which inspired him to write in one genre. While Tolkien inspired the genre, Brooks stated at the Charlotte Literary Festival that he credits the inspiration of his style of writing to William Faulkner's works.[citation needed] With this inspiration, he then made his debut in 1977 with The Sword of Shannara.

After finishing two sequels to The Sword of Shannara, Brooks moved on to the series which would become known as the Landover novels. Brooks then wrote a four-book series titled The Heritage of Shannara. For the next fourteen years, he wrote more Landover books, then went on to write The Word and Void trilogy. Continuing the Shannara series, Brooks wrote the prequel to The Sword of Shannara, titled First King of Shannara. He then wrote two series, The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara and High Druid of Shannara and recently finished a third, Genesis of Shannara, a trilogy bridging his Word and Void and Shannara series. The sixth book in the Landover series, A Princess of Landover, was released in August 2009. Legends of Shannara, a duology taking place after the events of Genesis of Shannara, was recently completed. The first installment, entitled Bearers of the Black Staff, was released in August 2010. The second installment, The Measure of the Magic, was released in August 2011.

Web site: http://terrybrooks.net/

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Terry Brooks Book Signing, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Terry Brooks

    Terry Brooks's signing is moderated, and we will maintain a STRICT 3 item maximum per person--zero exceptions. In order to keep the line moving, Terry can only personalize one item per person per trip through the line.

  • Break Fri 3:50 - Fri 6:00
  • panel Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Kickass Women, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Moderator: Peter Orullian (Rock Lord); Panelists: Carol Berg, Terry Brooks, Ann Gimpel, J.A. Pitts

    Bryn Ohmsford, Cersei Lannister, the Ilse Witch. What constitutes a kickass female character? Not taking any crap from anyone? Being able to literally kick some ass? Speaking and acting like a man? Is femininity retained in that case? Can a woman have the ability to kick ass and still be a "lady?"

  • panel Fri 7:00 - 7:50 PM, Opening Ceremonies, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Panelists: Justin Barba, Terry Brooks, Amy Farrington, Anne Groell, John Picacio

    Come in out of the wasteland and find out what's in store for you at MisCon 29. Our seers, scientists, and sages tell us this will likely only run about half an hour unless the forces of chaos force us to go longer.

  • Break Fri 7:50 - Sat 10:00
  • panel Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
    Moderator: John Picacio; Panelists: Terry Brooks, Steven Erikson, Anne Groell, Todd Lockwood, John Picacio

    Top industry publishing pros present some of their favorite (and not-so-favorite) covers in books and comics. Learn what they think makes a cover succeed (or not), and which covers make them envious.

  • Break Sat 10:50 - Sat 2:00
  • panel Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, The Price of Power, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Panelists: Carol Berg, Terry Brooks, Brenda Carre, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord)

    As Terry Brooks once said, "A civilization once destroyed by misuse of power is a bit wary the second time out about what new power can do." Magic, money, modern technology, political power: all these things have consequences, both good and bad. This panel will take a look at the double-sided nature of power. How can writers realistically work this into their work? What are some pop culture examples of this in action?

  • panel Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Q&A: Author Terry Brooks, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
    Panelists: Terry Brooks, Shawn Speakman

    Join us for a Q&A with Author Guest of Honor, Terry Brooks.

  • Break Sat 3:50 - Sat 5:00
  • panel Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, To The Big Screen and Back, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
    Panelists: Terry Brooks, Eldon Thompson

    Storytelling across mediums can be challenging. In this panel, we'll talk about screenwriting and novelizations: how they differ, the challenges inherent in both, and how you can learn to write each.

  • Break Sat 5:50 - Sun 10:00
  • panel Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Author Book Signing, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Dave Bara, Carol Berg, S. A. Bolich, Larry Bonham, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Terry Brooks, Brenda Carre, C.J. Cherryh, Steven Erikson, Jane Fancher, Ann Gimpel, James Glass, Rhiannon Held, David Keck, Todd Lockwood, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), L.F. Patten (Laurey), John Picacio, J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Shawn Speakman, Patrick Swenson, Mark Teppo, Eldon Thompson

    All authors are invited. Terry Brooks's signing is moderated, and we will maintain a STRICT 3 item maximum per person--zero exceptions. In order to keep the line moving, Terry can only personalize one item per person per trip through the line.

  • Break Sun 10:50 - Sun 1:00
  • panel Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, The Shannara Chronicles, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Moderator: Shawn Speakman; Panelists: Terry Brooks, Shawn Speakman

    Learn about Terry's forthcoming television series on MTV, the Shannara Chronicles.

  • Break Sun 1:50 - Sun 4:00
  • panel Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Bringing Allanon to Life, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
    Panelists: Terry Brooks, Rob Carlos

    Watch artist Rob Carlos bring the Druid Allanon to life (in an original sketch) under Terry's guidance.

  • panel Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Writing Combat: Live Action, Programming Tent 1 (The Tent)
    Moderator: Ruth Frey; Panelists: Realms of Avalon , Terry Brooks, Steven Erikson, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), Eldon Thompson

    Our fighters, including MisCon 28 Author GoH Steven Erikson, Realms of Avalon fighter Matt Mcadoo, and author Eldon Thompson, will act out fight scenes read aloud by author Peter Orullian and MisCon 29 Author GoH Terry Brooks. They will bring to life a fight scene featuring famous weapon master Garet Jax as well as a fight scene from Peter's new novel, Trial of Intentions. They will use actual weapons, but no famous authors will be harmed during this panel.

Note: Guest and pro biographical information may have been updated since MisCon 29.

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