Welcome to Episode 139 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans. In this episode we talk to the Gen Con 2015 Author Guest of Honor Terry Brooks, multiple New York Times bestselling author of the Shannara and Landover series, about his career, his love of conventions, and the upcoming MTV series The Shannara Chronicles. During our chat we get to hear about Terry’s personal journey to publication, why he’s always remained so positive in his career, his excitement for the new television series, and why he thinks a sense of hope in literature is so important. This was a really enjoyable conversation with a truly engaging and pleasant grandmaster of the field, and we hope you get as much out of it as we did! If so, don’t forget to check back soon for our roundtable discussion with Mike Underwood about our own journeys to publication, and of course our new triptych of shows on Helene Wecker‘s The Golem and the Jinni. And if you haven’t already, please check out our Patreon and consider becoming a patron so we can continue to bring you analysis of the best authors, editors and artists in speculative fiction. Thanks for supporting us here and via our Patreon page, and thanks as always for listening to and spreading the word about the show!