Question: Serious Derek or “Mr. Casual”

Today’s post is a simple question. I mentioned the other day that my publisher asked for a new “Author Photo” to use in their soon-to-be-revamped website. My question is “casual or serious?”

I kind of like the new portrait, but Rebekah believes no-one wants to read books by some “stodgy-looking old guy.”

So here are a couple of samples. What do you think?

My publisher has the last word, but you – at least I sure hope so – are the book-buying public.

I promise some actual writing later today or tomorrow! Peace – DEREK

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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at, and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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  1. I think I prefer casual generally. But I also think it depends on your subject matter for this book. You would want the tenor of the picture to be congruent with the picture (I think).

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