Terry Brooks was born in Illinois in 1944, where he spent a great deal of his
childhood and early adulthood dreaming up stories in and around Sinnissippi
Park, the very same park that would eventually become the setting for his
bestselling Word & Void trilogy. He went to college and received his
undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, where he majored in English
Literature, and he received his graduate degree from the School of Law at
Washington & Lee University.
A writer since high school, he wrote many stories within the genres of science fiction, westerns, and non-fiction, until one semester early in his college years he was given The Lord of the Rings to read. That moment changed Terry's writing career forever, because in Tolkien's great work he found all the elements combined in one genre where Terry could explore ideas about life, love, truth, redemption and the wonder that fills the world.
He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, and on the road meeting his fans. To read a more comprehensive biography of Terry Brooks, read his memoir/writing book titled Sometimes the Magic Works.
This article was originally published in October 2006, and has been updated for the
July 2007 paperback release.
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