For over 30 years, Derek Hart has written and published 22 novels and several screenplays, while working full-time and raising a family. Atlanta based, Mr. Hart is an indefatigable researcher with a sharp eye, an inventive mind and a wide range of interests. His novels range from the Civil War--as you've never seen it--to current politics and all its strange bedfellows, from romance to thrills, from blackest evil to wriest comedy, and even into the sacred ground of fantasy, with his adorable dragon Thaddeus Osbert, all with the balance and compassion that mark the true artist. In addition to the story line, Derek never fails to show his reader something new, be it in his characters, his attention to detail or his background, and to do it in a thoroughly enjoyable fashion. While his offerings may not be the typical fare found on the shelves of your local bookstore, they are every bit as satisfying, far more so to those who prefer their literature with a bit of a difference. While Derek is furiously working on 8-10 manuscripts simultaneously, he is also rapidly gaining a loyal batch of discerning readers.
Derek Hart excels in bringing richly-passionate war scenes together with emotionally charged romance. His tales of heroism come to life in any historical setting. Both 'Ice Flotilla' and 'Crooked Cross Factor' bring you the harsh beauty of Iceland, while his mesmerizing, yet realistic characters, rock your emotional senses. A big fan of Derek's for some time, as his novels reveal deep rooted plots and intrigue, both on the high seas or inland. His adventures will fill your senses with many hours of passion, honor, and betrayal!
Janie Pendleton, Novelist
The Gates to Love and War
This interview with Derek Hart was first published in February 2008. Derek Hart is the author of Secret of Dragon's Eye: Book One, Secret of the Dragon's Breath: Book Two, and A Favor for FDR.
Where were you born and raised?
Two part answer. I was born in Beloit, Wisconsin, which was a great place to be a small boy, but my father was transferred to Chicago when I was in the 5th grade, so I really grew up in suburban Wilmette, Illinois.
What was it that first got you into writing and when did you start writing?
Freshman college English. My teacher suggested I had real talent and I should consider pursuing it seriously. I didn’t really believe her at first and it wasn’t until several years later that I wrote my first novel.
Which writers have influenced you the most?
Action and adventure writers, for the most part, including Hammond Innes, Alistair MacLean, Jack Higgins, Douglas Reeman and Robert E. Howard.
What kind of things do you write?
The genres I feel most comfortable writing are historical fiction and action & adventure. I have also written several novels that fit in the fantasy vein.
What are you working on now?
The third book in my dragon series – Secret of the Dragon’s Claw, a swashbuckling romance – Claws of the Raven, and a thriller – The Carla Conspiracy.
What is your writing day like?
I write every day for at least an hour, not including editing. I’m most effective at night, since I am not a morning person. I spend some time always researching a future book and reading too.
What’s the most exciting thing about writing for you?
Creating the characters. Plots are very easy for me, but I love how the characters develop and grow as I write.
What’s the most frustrating thing about writing for you?
Not having enough time to work on all the things I want to focus on and not being able to write full time. I still have to rely on the 9-5 corporate job to really pay the bills.
What’s the best piece of feedback that you’ve had from your audience?
I recently received an email from a woman reader who told me that after she read one of my novels, she had to go outside and work in the garden to alleviate herself of all the pent-up sexual tension. She went on to let me know that there wasn’t a weed remaining in that garden by the time she was finished. It was more detail than I needed to know, but I also considered her comments a great compliment.
Do you write for a particular audience, or is your first priority to satisfy your own creativity?
I write almost entirely for the adult action & adventure reader. I have strong female characters and well-researched historical backgrounds. I create plenty of sexual conflict, derring-do situations, and complicated plots.