About Me


Reading with my son during story time.

My name is Derek Edward Sullivan, and I live in Bellevue, Nebraska, which is just south of Omaha.

My wonderful wife, Beth, and I have a 5-year old daredevil named Charlie, 2-year-old twin boys named Henry and Jack, a 13-year old attack cat named Gracie and a 10-year old dog named Ernie, who is the twins’ favorite toy.

I am a graduate of the MFA creative writing program at Hamline University as well as an award-winning journalist. As a reporter, I have written more than 1,000 stories about the lives of teenagers, and those experiences have helped me find my YA literary voice.

While at Hamline, I wrote two books. Writing my first book was a learning experience. I made many, many mistakes, but luckily I learned from them and my second book BIGGIE was released by Albert Whitman Teen in March 2015! Now, I’m hard at work finishing up book No. 3.

I love watching sports, movies, HBO television shows and playing basketball. I also love to sing, but promised my family to only pretend to be a rock star when no one is looking.