Shawn Speakman grew up in the beautiful wilds of Washington State near a volcano and surrounded by old-growth forests filled with magic. After moving to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, he befriended New York Times best-selling fantasy author Terry Brooks and became his webmaster, leading to an enchanted life surrounded by words.
Shawn was a manager at one of the largest Barnes & Noble Booksellers in the country for many years and now owns the online bookstore The Signed Page and is a freelance writer for Suvudu.com, the Random House science fiction & fantasy website.
He also contributed the annotations for The Annotated Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks, published in November 2012. He is also editing Unfettered, a short story anthology featuring some of the very best writers in the genre.
Shawn is a cancer survivor, knows angel fire east, and lives in Seattle, Washington.