Books by Brooks

The bestselling writing craft book, from Writer’s Digest Books:

4.5 Stars on Amazon. 120+ Reviews

What readers are saying about “Story Engineering”…

“If you’ve been searching for an accessible, well-reasoned explanation of how the story building process works, look no further. Here is the roadmap you need to understanding the craft of writing.” –Terry Brooks, author of more than twenty five bestselling novels including The Sword of Shannara

“Story Engineering is a master class in novel writing. Reading it is like getting an MFA, without the pesky admissions process or student loans. This book will make you smarter about the craft. Period.” –Chelsea Cain, New York Times Bestselling author of Heartsick, Sweetheart, and Evil at Heart

“Larry Brooks’s Story Engineering is a brilliant instructional manual for fiction writers that covers what the author calls the `Six Competencies of Successful Storytelling.’ The author presents a story telling model that keeps the writer focused on creating a dynamic living and breathing story form concept to the `beat sheet’ plan, through story structure and writings scenes. It’s a wonderful guide for the beginner and a great refresher for the pro. I guarantee this book will give you new ways to fire up your creativity.” — Jim Frey, author of How to Write a Damn Good Novel

“A useful guide explaining how to transfer screenwriting techniques to the craft of novel-writing. Good for screenwriters, too, summarizing the essence of entertaining commercial storytelling with great clarity.” –Christopher Vogler, author of The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers

“Larry Brooks’ groundbreaking book offers both novelists and screenwriters a model for storytelling that is nothing short of brilliant in its simplicity, its depth, its originality and its universality. Following his unique process is guaranteed to elevate your writing to the highest professional level.” — Michael Hauge, author of Writing Screenplays That Sell, and Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds

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“Psychological thrillers with a dark, edgy take on relationships.”

Currently available on Kindle (click on titles):

Darkness Bound 

(the USA Today Bestseller)

The Seminar

(the critically-acclaimed hit, orignally published as Pressure Points)

Bait and Switch

(Publishers Weekly starred review, Best Books of 2004)

Here are the covers from the original Penguin Putnam/Onyx/Signet editions:

darknessbound pressureppoints serpentsdance baitandswitch

Click on a cover for PW and reader reviews.


My most recent novel, from Sons of Liberty Press (also available on Kindle and Nook):

Whisper of the Seventh Thunder

Winner of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award – “Best Thriller”

Check out this novel’s website HERE.

See the Youtube video trailer HERE.


My Selection of Craft eBooks

Warm Hugs for Writers

When Every Month is NaNoWriMo

Get Your Bad Self Published

Get Your Bad Self Published

101 Slightly Unpredictable Tips for Novelists and Screenwriters


And, two ebooks that are part of “Story Engineering,” but are available directly from me as downloadable PDF files, at $2.99 each:

Story Structure – Demystified

The Three Dimensions of Character

To order, send $2.99 per book via Paypal to:


{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

KattyBlackyard June 15, 2009 at 4:39 pm

I really like your post. Does it copyright protected?

Larry June 15, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Hi KattyBlackyard (GREAT name there…) — not sure I understand your question about copyright. Since you’re on the books page, are you asking if the books are copyrighted? (They are.) Pls clarify if you’d like to. Thanks!


Laura Thompson January 23, 2010 at 10:53 am

Hi Larry:

I commented the other day on your review of Colin Harrison’s work, and I wanted to come back because I just finished “Darkness Bound.”

AMAZING book. Seriously, amazing. Especially the last hundred pages. I kept going back and forth, trying to figure out who I should hate, and I wouldn’t want to leave any spoilers here but when I thought that one main character was going to totally screw over another character, I had a visceral reaction, and very few writers can produce that in me.

Most of the books I read are predictable, but you somehow managed to keep me jumping around from one guess to the next throughout the book. You managed to confront some of the most uncomfortable and most human emotions and desires in the book, but without preaching. It takes a strong writer to let the reader come to his or her own conclusions about a controversial situation (or ten controversial situations).

Koontz is one of the only authors whose books I’ll read over and over again, but I’ll read “Darkness Bound” again as well.

I’m going to read “Pressure Point” next, and I’ll pick up the other two next time I’m at the bookstore. Are you coming out with anything new this year?

Larry January 24, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Wow, you sure know how to make a writer feel, well, like it’s all worthwhile. Thank you for this gift, Laura. Down the road I hope to see Dilon and The Dark Lady doing their dance on the silver screen. I’m thinking Tom Cruise and Angelina.

Thanks again. Wow.

Lira April 27, 2010 at 9:58 am


I was just wondering when you’ll be releasing the ebook: Get Your Bad Self Published. I’m not sure if you sent it out last month and missed me in the shuffle of people who prepaid for it. Just wanted to check. :)


Schedule October 30, 2010 at 4:43 am

You you should edit the page subject title Books by Brooks to more specific for your blog post you write. I enjoyed the post however.

Eve Adams December 13, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Can I get the books I publish included here for review and submission ? I do have a site I am producing (the new one will be up soon), but I have 5 books I really need help with and I don’t have et am a self publisher indi

Bill Polm May 7, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Hi Larry,
Awesome book Story Structure–Demystified. The best I’ve read, and I’ve read a lot of books on fiction writing.

Could you, please, take a moment to tell me what the difference is between the book above and your “Story Engineering”?

If the latter goes into more detail, fuller explanations, etc., I’ll have to buy it!


Rebecca Berto January 15, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Hi Larry

I spoke to you a while ago about my ‘Best advice I’ve learned’ series. It’s been a great success with plenty of comments, likes and clicks to links such as your website and Amazon where my readers can buy your book. If you are interested in linking your readers to top-rated comments on “Story Engineering” from my site here is the link to this series I’ve been posting regarding the 6 Core Competencies from “Story Engineering”:

Thanks for an enlightening and unique resource.


jaced March 15, 2012 at 3:41 pm

^^Rebecca’s post includes Larry’s thoughts on voice, and the oh-so-common problem of overwriting. Couldn’t agree more. Reminds me of this quote:

“I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had time to make it shorter.” — Blaise Pascal

Shaun May 10, 2012 at 6:44 pm

I’d also like to know the different between Story Structure Demystified and Story Engineering.

Christy May 24, 2012 at 6:17 am

Hi Larry — since we are talking about your books, Story Engineering REALLY needs to be done is some sort of audio format! (if it is available now, please post the link!)
But the easiest way to learn something is to listen to it repetitively and it goes without saying it’s one of the best writing books out there, so I would love to be able download it and listen to in until it’s ingrained.

So, any plans for it in MP3 format?


PS and any more info on online classes be offered?

Mike Manz July 2, 2012 at 7:28 am

Hi Larry,

Is there any way to get Story Engineering directly from you rather than through the kindle or nook stores? I live in China, so it’s e-books for me and my only viable payment option is paypal.


Don August 25, 2012 at 5:31 pm


I went to amazon, to buy the Kindle version of Story Engineering. Amazon would not let me; they say “customers have told us that there may be something wrong with the description, the content, or the way that the content is displayed.” Any idea when this might get resolved?




Nick October 11, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Hi Larry, I have been reading story engineering and its been significantly helpful and clarifying. I had spent a year going into deeply Robert Mckees Story and its awesome, however I was missing some pieces and this book has been filling alot of those gaps in my understand out. I had a question. I’m at a point where I understand the macro levels of story writing well, but I am struggling and lack information when it comes to how the major milestones you teach , can be weaved in micro level sequence patterns and scene patterns. Do you recommend a book that can illuminate that area of screenwriting for me? I almost there, and am closing in on a functional understanding, but I need that next piece.

Thanks for your work

Mark Entner April 25, 2013 at 4:08 pm

I tried to buy Whisper of the Seventh Thunder on Amazon and it says it is not available for customers in the United States. Is there anywhere that I can get a copy of the book? Thanks!

M. Rochellino April 30, 2013 at 8:27 pm

I received your book (Story Engineering) today and will finish it tomorrow. It is one of the best books I have ever read (excluding the Bible). I have been an oil painter (realism) for 30 yrs. and know it intimately. It is amazing how much Story Engineering correlates to my style of painting. I use Renaissance period (and prior) techniques that have stood the test of time for centuries. All of my paintings are very well thought out (preplanned) beforehand. I know exactly where I am going and what to do next at all times. Additiionally, I know exactly what my vision is and what I am going to get upon completion. NO HAPPY ACCIDENTS HERE, sorry Bob Ross (who was a great guy and a medic in Vietnam whom I have a great deal of respect for). With preplanning we are in the company of giants like Carravaggio, Ruebens, DaVinci, Raphael etc. There is no formula there, just careful preplanning with exquisite execution. My paintings have consistently garnered cash and awards when I choose to exhibit them.
I am just starting to write. If I can reach the level of proficiency in writing that I have in drawing and painting I will be elated. I feel very fortunate that the first and only book I have purchased on the subject of writing was Story Engineering. My purpose is for the challenge initially and to investigate my possible commercial suitability eventually. Pantsing or “the organic approach” is also known in painting circles. I never liked it because the main ingredient of that approach, similar to “organic’ gardening, requires the handling of way too much shit. (lol) Both before and after the work is completed.
If you are interested in seeing the result (first work) of what an absolutely new writer can accomplish with your book being their ONE and ONLY guide let me know. Hopefully we won’t be calling it “comedic” no matter the genre. Thanks again for a terrific book. Regards RD

dandellion June 15, 2013 at 7:33 am

Hi Larry!
Thanks for all he knowledge and craft on the website and in Story Structure! That book is precious.

Now, I’d also like to know what’s the difference between Story Structure and Story Engineering. Also, is there a way to get it (e-book version, epub or mobi) from you and not Amazon? Amazon has some weird copyright thing going on so they won’t send me (and many other people across the world) files though they don’t object sending paper books and electronics.


Larry June 15, 2013 at 8:30 am

@dandellion – difference between story structure and Story Engineering: the first is a subset of the latter. There are six core competencies that comprise the craft of story engineering, and structure is one of them. My book, “Story Engineering,” deals with all six. No real way for me to personally send you a digital version outside of Amazon (the book isn’t self-published), but there are other online sources, as well, like this one:

dandellion June 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Thanks! I hacked my way around Amazon’s stupidity. Took me three hours or so but the book is mine :D
Will repeat the process for the Physics ;)

Christine Fulton (maiden Behrens) September 10, 2013 at 8:46 am

Hi Larry!
This is your cousin in California!
This is the only way I know how to write you — do you have any new books for me to read???

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