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 The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, 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. With this inspiration, he then made his debut in 1977 with his first novel The Sword of Shannara.
 This novel became the first fantasy book ever to appear on the New York Times bestseller list, where it stayed for five months. After finishing two "sequels" (they were originally intended as stand-alone novels) to The Sword of Shannara, Brooks moved on to the series which would become known as the Landover series. Upon finishing these novels, Brooks began to write a four book series that became 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. The second book of the series, The Elves of Cintra, came out August 28, 2007, with the final novel The Gypsy Morph in August 2008. Two Terry Brooks was born in Birmingham Alabama.
He spent his youth in several cities around the United States as his father was in the construction trade. He became interested in music when a group of collage buddies called themselves a band and needed a roadie so a career in the music business, as a sound tech followed. Several bands and several peanut butter and jelly tours later, he came off the road and built a recording studio. Around 1979 he released his first 45rpm single and then his first albums.
Other careers came and went. A sewing machine mechanic, An electronics Tech. but the music was always Primary. In 1983 the transition to CDs brought on more releases from the fledgling Highland Records Label.
Since 1983 Terry Brooks and Highland Records have released over 50 CD titles and still going. Over the years Terry has dabbled with writing a few songs to vent his feelings. For years friends suggested he put his music out there, so comes his one release "Hard Knocks" Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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