Author Chat with Terry Brooks (Street Freaks), Plus Giveaway!
Today we're excited to chat with Terry Brooks, author of Street Freaks. Read on for more about Terry and his book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Terry Brooks!
It begins with a dire call-right before his father disappears and his skyscraper home's doors explode inward. Street Freaks is the kind of thrilling futuristic story only New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks can tell.
"Go into the Red Zone. Go to Street Freaks." his father directs Ashton Collins before the vid feed goes suddenly silent. The Red Zone is the dangerous heart of mega-city Los Angeles; it is a world Ash is forbidden from and one he knows little about. But if he can find Street Freaks, the strangest of aid awaits―human and barely human alike. As Ash is hunted, he must unravel the mystery left behind by his father and discover his role in this new world.
Brooks has long been the grandmaster of fantasy. Now he turns his hand to science fiction filled with what his readers love best: complex characters, extraordinary settings, exciting action, and a page-turning story. Through it, Brooks reimagines his bestselling career yet again.
A Chat with Terry Brooks:
1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I first thought about it while I was at a grade school musical production. (Really). I was looking around an audience that personified United Nation community of every ethnic, religious, national and sexual configuration and thinking, “This is how the world is going to be in the future.” Which led me to thinking about how it is now and how prejudices of all kinds are so divisive and wondering how that would play out down the line. Which led me to want to write a story about it.
2. Who is your favorite character in the book?
Whoa! There you go, asking me to choose between my children. Well, if I were forced to choose, I might take Cay because she’s so bad-ass.
3. Which came first, the title or the novel?
The title. I had it right away. A derogatory term used to designate a collection of people different than we are, but a term they turned around to take pride in that difference. Usually, I start with the story and the title comes later. Not here. That was my title right from the beginning and I loved it.
4. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I have a one hard and fast rule about writing. If a scene is too difficult to write, too hard even to think about, then I have to write it. It’s like a challenge you can’t back away from. Not ever. It’s those hard to write scenes that I am always most proud of. There are a bunch of them here. You pick your favorite.
5. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
This does require thinking way back. Probably to the late 1960s. So many lessons, so few brain cells to remember them all. I think what I tell beginning writers most often is that you have to embrace writing as a creed to be successful at it. And you have to remember that you never stop learning to be better, so be patient with yourself when things fall apart on you. If you want to do this bad enough, you will get there.
6. What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I think the city at night with Ash climbing down the side of the building is striking. I wanted something readers would want to pick up and remember later. This cover gives you that.
7. What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2018?
Are we talking about me or someone else? Usually, I only do one book a year, so I don’t have to think about it. This year I released THE SKAAR INVASION, the second book in the FALL OF SHANNARA series in June and now will release STREET FREAKS in early October. So I choose them both.
If we are asking about someone else, hmmmm. Lots of good choices.
8. What was your favorite book in 2017?
Pierce Brown’s IRON GOLD. That boy has some real talent when it comes to crafting a story.
9. What’s up next for you?
I have finished the third book in the FALL OF SHANNARA series, which will publish in June 2019. I published an online novella called WARRIOR, from the WORD & VOID series, back on September 11. That will be combined with all my other short fiction to date plus a few other pieces I am writing right now for publication a little later on. Also, I will have to start work on a new MAGIC KINGDOM book in about a year. Think that will keep me off the streets and out of the bars?
10. Is there anything that you would like to add?
Sure. Since this is a YA review, I want to confess to reading a whole lot of YA and finding some of my favorite writers in that genre. To pick a few, Maggie Stiefvater, Laini Taylor, Marie Lu, Tamora Pierce, John Green, Philip Pullman (is he really YA?) . . . and the list goes on and on. You get the point.
11. Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
The ending. I had to get it just right or the whole book was a failure.
12. Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
All of the Street Freaks were challenging to bring to life. Ash was the easiest character because everything is through his POV.
13. Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Actually, the only part of the writing process that I don’t much enjoy is research. I try to avoid it by writing about other times and places and sometimes creatures so no one can fact check me.
14. What would you say is your superpower?
I genuinely like people. I don’t have to work at it.
15. Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
I am very environmentally conscious and support multiple groups. I have a daughter who teaches 2nd grade so I find myself wanting us to do more for our teachers, who work so very hard. My wife and I support Doctors Without Borders and Mercy Corps. We also support Planned Parenthood (Enough with maligning their work, already).
Thanks for asking in to chat. Hope to see some of you on the road this October with STREET FREAKS. Terry.
By: Terry Brooks
Release Date: October 2, 2018
Ten winners will receive a signed ARC of Street Freaks (US & Canada only).
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on your new novel. Love your fantasy works, so it will be a change to read a sci-fi story. Best wishes on your new novel.