Derrick Tribble comes from a family with a long and proud history in publishing. His great-great-great-great-grandfather Myron Reed was the founder, editor-in-chief and publisher of a small town newspaper. Reed poured his life into his work, and passed the business over to his son-in-law. Later, the family used the typesetting marble from the office as a memorial stone in the family plot.
Several descendants of Reed also pursued careers in publishing: Derrick’s great-grandfather was in the newspaper business (a publisher), as was his grandfather (a typesetter), and also his father (a paper boy). Following their example, Derrick took up writing, a vocation at the bottom rung of any publishing enterprise (typesetters and paperboys at least stand a reasonable chance of getting paid).
Through a secret and mysterious ceremony (carting boxes of notes and first drafts from one house to another), second-cousin-twice-removed Rodger “Ray” Taylor, author of Song of the Frog, granted Derrick the illustrious mantle of “family author.”
For a while, Derrick worked for a newspaper himself (writing hundreds of book reviews, and several interviews with authors, including Dan Simmons and Neil Gaiman), and also wrote movie reviews and served as Research Editor for Mick Martin & Marsha Porter’s The Video Movie Guide (up until 2007, the last year of its publication and the year Rotten Tomatoes officially took over as the definitive guide to movies).
During this smorgasbord of work, Derrick wanted to write fiction, to cast stories wide and reel in affected readers. In October 2007, with his two children searching for good things to read, Derrick committed himself to the task and completed Servants & Thieves in 2009. He independently published the first book in 2011, the second in 2012, and the final in the series in 2013. He is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and is a winner of the 2009 & 2011 NaNoWriMo contests.