Dear Readers,

Got some sad news a few days back. Darrell K. Sweet, who did the cover and interior art on Elfstones of Shannara, Wishsong of Shannara and Magic Kingdom for Sale passed away. He was a fine and talented artist, and I loved the work he did on my books. I only met him for the first time about a year and a half ago. Hard to believe. We just never crossed paths in all the time between 1982 and 2009. You would think that wouldn’t be possible, but that’s what life does to you sometimes. He was ill when I met him that one time, but we spent an evening in his room at a convention in Chattenooga with Ben Bova, talking shop, book and art, politics and life. He told me he very much liked my books, which I was so pleased to hear. Of course, I told him the cover of Wishsong was perhaps the best one ever done for one of my books.

So now we’ve lost him, and I won’t be getting another chance. It’s almost a cliche, but it points up again that old saw about missed chances. You don’t want to put off until tomorrow what you can do today because sometimes tomorrow doesn’t come around. That happened with Darrell and me, but Darrell leaves a legacy of wonderful art for our enjoyment. Go on his website and check it out. He had the touch.

Gotta go, Terry

Written by Shawn Speakman
I am the long-time friend and webmaster for Terry Brooks as well as the author of The Dark Thorn, an urban/epic fantasy hybrid novel Terry calls "a fine tale by a talented writer." Join me on Facebook and Twitter (@shawnspeakman)!