Derek is a writer of speculative fiction, often flavored with a science-fiction spice. He believes that the powerful words, "what if", can become the roots of some of the most interesting, provocative, soul-stirring stories that can be told. He views life through the lens of experimental thought, where fascinating new characters and conflicts can spring into being across an eye-blink. In 2016, he released his first novel, The Footsteps of Cain...a story of a man who must pay the price for a horrible crime across thousands of years.
Derek lives with his wife and daughter in central Illinois, and is lucky enough to be a stay-at-home dad (which presents him with adventures that he hopes to one day chronicle in their own epic compendium). He graduated Illinois State University in 2000 with a B.S. in Computer Science, and worked in the IT industry for almost a decade before being given the opportunity to move on to professional domestic fatherhood full time. All-day schooling for his daughter has given him the chance to pursue his writing career, full-time. He enjoys playing volleyball in his spare time, as well as having good times with good friends.