first novel, WIZARD'S FIRST RULE (Tor Books, 1994) immediately
established him as one of the world's bestselling authors. Each
subsequent book in the Sword of Truth series sold better than the
one before and some twenty million copies of books in the series
have now been sold.
The saga of the Sword of Truth started growing in Goodkind's mind
during the early 1990s while he was building his house in the
forests of the northeastern U.S.
"It started with the character of Kahlan, and grew from that seed,"
he recalls. "It really became a haunting experience. As soon as I
started writing WIZARD'S FIRST RULE, I knew writing was my calling.
I'd found something to which I truly want to dedicate my
Goodkind was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where he also
attended art school, one of his many interests on the way to
becoming a writer. Besides a career in wildlife art, he has been a
cabinet maker and violin maker, and he has done restoration work on
rare and exotic artifacts from around the world — each with
its own story to tell, he says.
While continuing to maintain the northeastern home he built with
his own hands, in recent years he and his wife, Jeri, have created
a second home in the desert Southwest, where he now spends the
majority of his time.