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Terry Goodkind Biography
Terry Goodkind is the author of the best-selling epic fantasy series The Sword of Truth.
He was born in 1948 and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, USA, where he also attended schooling in art. Goodkind learned early in his life that he suffered from dyslexia, he later dropped out of college and worked as a carpenter, a violin maker, and a restorer of rare and exotic artefacts and antiques. He cites his influences as Ayn Rand, Aristotle, Winston Churchill and the Founding Fathers.
Before starting his career as a writer, Terry Goodkind was better known for his realistic marine and wildlife paintings. In 1993, during the construction of his home on the forested Mount Desert Island off the coast of Maine with his wife Jeri, he began to write his first novel, Wizard’s First Rule. In addition to his home in Maine, Goodkind and his wife built a second home in the desert southwest where he now spends the majority of his time.
Goodkind’s first book, Wizard’s First Rule, was auctioned to publishers in 1994 for six times more than the record price previously paid for a first fantasy novel. It had a first print run of 60,000 copies, where 3,000–5,000 is more usual, and became an international bestseller. According to his publisher Tor Books in an August 2006 press release, Goodkind has more than 10 million copies in print and has been translated into 20 different languages. In a recent Publishers Weekly article, it was reported that Goodkind has sold 25 million copies worldwide.
Goodkind has subsequently published 11 other novels and one novella to great commercial success. All of his books, with the exceptions of Stone of Tears and Wizard’s First Rule, have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List. Chainfire, debuted at #3; in January 2005, Phantom at #1 in August 2006; and Confessor at #2 in November 2007 on the NYT Best Sellers List.
Goodkind believes that using the fantasy genre allows him to better convey the human dilemmas and emotions that he desires to share with the reader. Although by plot and theme he writes in the fantasy genre, he perceives his novels to be more than just fantasy because of their focus on philosophical and human themes.
In January 2008, it was announced that the Sword of Truth series would be produced as a mini-series by ABC Studios. Called Legend of the Seeker, the first episode aired on November 1, 2008. The show lasted for two seasons, with the final episode airing the weekend of May 22, 2010.
In my opinion this took a series of books that could have been every bit as popular and as block-busting financially as Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, (even Twilight!) - if treated with respect – and reduced all its better qualities to the lowest level of ham fisted popular TV fantasy production.
Go figure! No wonder it only ran 2 seasons. Read the Books!
Who Writes Like Terry Goodkind?
Source: Wikipedia contributors, ‘Terry Goodkind‘, Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 27 May 2010, 01:05 UTC, [accessed 31 May 2010]