Born in 1944 in Sterling Illinois
but later moved to Seattle and Hawaii.
During his college days, majoring in English liiterature, he began
He wrote and published The Sword of Shannara in 1977, the grand
result from years of trying to retain some form of sanity while
studying law at Washington & Lee University. It became the
first work of fiction ever to appear on the New York Times trade
paperback bestseller list, where it remained for over five months.