Derek Elkins was born in Independence, Missouri, home of Harry Truman and Mr. and Mrs. Elkins.  He still lives in the area with his lovely wife Wendi and five children.  When he's not writing novels, short stories, screen plays and stage plays, he enjoys a good nap.

Derek is the first place winner of the Athanatos Christian Ministry 2012 Novel Contest for his book "Life Unworthy of Life".