Derrick D. Barnes is a native of Kansas City, MO. He is a graduate of Jackson State University with a degree in Marketing. He is the author of the ultra popular series entitled RUBY AND THE BOOKER BOYS, published by Scholastic. The highly acclaimed novel WE COULD BE BROTHERS (Just Us Books) was his first middle grade release. He has two forthcoming picture books--CROWN: AN ODE TO THE FRESH CUT published by Denene Millner Books/Agate Bolden, and THE KING OF KINDERGARTEN published by Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin. He is also known for writing best selling copy for various Hallmark Card lines, and as the first African American male staff writer for Hallmark. He’s the Chief Creative Officer and founder of his own creative copy writing company, Say Word Creative Communications; he crafts funny, colorful words for companies that need a little help being creative. He has freelanced for companies such as American Greetings and Pearson Education, as well as ghost written books for celebrity authors.
Derrick is a connoisseur of music from hip-hop’s Golden Age (late 80s-mid 90s), vintage jazz (Coltrane, Miles, Joe Henderson, Mingus, Monk,etc.) He loves to exercise, read (of course) and spend as much time as possible with his family. He resides in Charlotte, NC with his enchanting wife, Tinka and their sons, Ezra, Solomon, Silas, and Nnamdi.