Author Interview with Derek Birks


Author of B.R.A.G.Medallion Honorees

Feud and A Traitor’s Fate

Derek was born in Hampshire in England but spent his teenage years in Auckland, New Zealand where he still has strong family ties.
He misspent his youth at the University of Reading, where he studied history but spent most of his time in the Drama Studio. He could be discovered most afternoons in the university library fast asleep but was always willing to wake up and go for a coffee.
For many years he taught history at a secondary school in Berkshire but took early retirement several years ago to concentrate on his writing.
Apart from writing, he spends his time gardening, travelling, walking and taking part in archaeological digs at a local Roman villa.
Derek is interested in a wide range of historical themes but his particular favourite is the late medieval period. His debut historical novel, Feud, is set in the period of the Wars of the Roses and is the first of a series, Rebels & Brothers. The series follows the fortunes of the fictional Elder family as they struggle to survive a very turbulent period of English history. Derek aims to write action-packed fiction which is rooted in accurate history.
The sequel to Feud, A Traitor’s Fate, was published in 2013 and book 3, Kingdom of Rebels, in August 2014. The final book will be published in the summer of 2015.

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