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.

The Emperor is Stark Naked!

All that glitters is not gold: A few days ago I was talking with a friend about (yes, I’m embarrassed to admit this…) economics. I’m not exactly a math genius, but I do personally know the dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Business – he’s a brother by another mother… and father. (Of […]


Life Fueled by Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm can be contagious. This is Scout, she’s Rebekah’s labradoodle. When Scout is excited, there’s really nothing else to do but to get on board for the ride. In this picture – taken yesterday afternoon – Scout evidently can’t contain her enthusiasm for her new haircut. Or maybe she’s just happy to be home from […]