Derek was born in rural Western Australia, growing up mostly in rural South Australia between three family ventures to England. His own restlessness as an adult prompted several moves around both Australia and England, as well as working in fields as diverse as retail, disability services, voluntary sector services, hospitality, furniture removals and energy healing. Influences and inspirations include Robert A. Heinlein, David Mitchell, Frank Herbert, J.R.R. Tolkien, Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Stephen King, Steven Erikson, George R.R. Martin, Nostradamus, Socrates, the books of Tuesday Lobsang Ramp, and the volume A Course In Miracles. A briefer than intended move to New Zealand to complete the final phase of writing this, his first novel, became an extended visit to Singapore and another return to Australia. He presently resides in Hobart, Tasmania, where he is now working on the second of nine planned volumes focusing on the world of Kiyron.