Derek Thompson

Derek Thompson

I write long and short fiction, as well as non-fiction and some comedy material. Writer's block is not an option! My Spy Chaser series, about Thomas Bladen and the UK's Surveillance Support Unit, is published by Joffe Books. Standpoint, Line of Sight, Cause & Effect, and Shadow State are available now, while the fifth adventure - No Defence - is due for completion this year. I previously had short fiction published by US-based Musa (2011 - 2014), and my mid-grade book, Superhero Club, is now available as a self-published ebook. I blog at and also at - pop in if you're passing. You can find details of all my books here: UK - US -


Derek Thompson in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?


What do you love about Short Stories?

The challenge to surprise the reader, making every word count.

Do you write in other forms?

Novels, comedy material and freelance non-fiction.

What distracts you from writing?

The computer I'm typing this on!

Outside of writing, what are your other passions?

Reading (of course!), yoga, trees and the great outdoors.

What is your favourite book?

The Big Sleep

Who are your favourite writers?

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Harlan Coben and Rudyard Kipling

Where is your dream location?

Various parts of the UK

What one item would you put into Room 101?

Small-mindedness (mine and other people's).

Do you have any advice for new writers?

Get the first draft down.

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