Meeting Author Terry Brooks

There is nothing like that moment when you meet your hero. I’ve had so many experiences in my life being able to meet my favorite authors, music groups, etc. Last night I had the distinct pleasure again of meeting fantasy author Terry Brooks.

Terry hasn’t been to Utah in eight years but I am so glad he came back. The first time I met Terry I was working at Deseret Book downtown in the old mall before it was torn down. Star Wars Episode I was coming out and guess who was chosen to write a book adapted from the screen play? Terry Brooks! There were so many people standing in line to meet him. I got to see him and say hi as I stacked more books by his signing table. I had to leave early so I never had the chance to properly meet him but I left my book there to be signed.

The second time I met Terry Brooks I finally got to shake his hand and tell him THANK YOU for being such an amazing storyteller. My path to discovery of Terry’s books was a long one. In hindsight I wish I’d listened to my friend earlier. Sometimes your friends really do know what’s best for you.

My dear friend Shane in high school was reading Terry Brooks madly like I was reading Orson Scott Card and Tolkien. Shane kept telling me I needed to read Terry. I always told him I’d check it out and for whatever reason I always found myself busy with other books, etc. It wasn’t until I was working at a bookstore while attending the U of U during the late 90’s that I finally discovered the world of Shannara. I have no idea why I waited so long. I was able to find the first trilogy for a steal in paperback so I bought them. From the moment I picked up The Sword of Shannara I knew my life as an avid reader was about to change. Three days later I finished the trilogy with The Wishsong of Shannara. Then I went and bought The First King of Shannara and started his Landover series. Terry acquired a new fan and reader for life.

TerryBrooksB&NI met Terry again last night for the third time. He is so gracious and kind. The best part was a reading at the beginning from an upcoming novel. He was full of information and wanted to keep up informed as to what he’d been doing the last eight years. Some of those exciting tidbits are 1) A movie is in the works for Magic Kingdom For Sale with Steve Carrell set to play Ben Holliday. It should come out by 2015. I am so excited. 2) There will be a T.V. series based on the Shannara world. The first season will be the Elfstones. This should be coming to a T.V near you sometimes in 2014. This really makes me excited. And because he has control it will be done exactly like the books with live action. I cannot wait!!!!

Screen Shot 2013-07-18 at 9.48.42 AMMy poor daughter was about to go crazy on me but I am so glad she came. What a great experience for a young kid to go to a book signing. When we arrived at 6:55 there were already 100 people at B&N. After Terry talked and the signing began it was three hours later that we finally got to shake his hand and have him sign my books. We also got a photo with Terry. Great night! Loved it. Now I have a new book to read. Love the smell of new books!

Do you have an author or musician or someone else that you consider your hero? If so, have you ever met them?


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4 Responses

  1. Jodi says:

    I’m so jealous! I was there, but got there late and had a really high number so I had to leave with my kiddos before I got to meet him. The reading was great, so fun to be surrounded with hundreds of kindred spirit readers.

    • R.K. Grow says:

      Jodi, sorry I missed meeting you! I got number 322 so it took forever for us to see him. I think we made it to the table by 9:40’ish. I was trying to look for people I might know. Author Jessica Day George was a few people in front of me and I didn’t know. I loved it. I think they need to have better spaces for author readings/signings at these stores! Hopefully he’ll come out again with his next book. Do you have a favorite series of his? The only thing I have read is the Word and the Void series. Not sure why. I am now going to go back and read them.

      • Jodi says:

        I was 341 and there with my three young kiddos and dad. At around 8 we headed out and got ice cream. I’ve liked all of the different series for different reasons. The Shanara series is still my favorite magic system and world. I’ve read the first few sets but not the later ones. Now I need to go back and catch up!

        It would have been great to meet you as well, I wasn’t sure what you looked like to search you out. Maybe next signing/event?

        Speaking of – I’ll be at the Tristi Pinkston lecture tonight in kearns, you going?

      • R.K. Grow says:

        No, I won’t be able to make it. I’m in Kaysville and I have a 7pm practice. Playing the piano for a singer. 🙂

        We’ll for sure have to meet up sometime. Keep me posted on events. I try to go and support the local authors as much as I can. I’ll be at the online writings conferences that I blogged about. It would be fun to get some people together who want to attend and just meet somewhere and attend on our computers together. 🙂 Just a thought.

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