Derek Stirling Kerr


Derek was born in rural Western Australia, growing up mostly in rural South Australia between three family ventures to England. His own restlessness as an adult prompted several moves around both Australia and England, as well as working in fields as diverse as retail, disability services, voluntary sector services, hospitality, furniture removals and energy healing.
A briefer than intended move to New Zealand to complete the final phase of writing this, his first novel, became an extended visit to Singapore and another return to Australia. He presently resides in Hobart, Tasmania, where he is now working on the second of nine planned volumes focusing on the world of Kiyron.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
For the most part I grew up in the rural southeast of South Australia, in a town of approximately 2,000 people. Not the smallest town, but no bustling hub either. And beyond that our family moved to the UK three times before I left high school...and back again. I've always been drawn to storytelling, either what I read or what I create myself, that is beyond what I'm familiar with. Whilst a rural life undoubtedly made it easier for me to get creative in some aspects (such an excellent way to escape my immediate environment, despite having many great experiences and fond memories) I was never interested in expressing my geographical experiences in anything I wrote. I've always been driven by questions and interests and ideas that I'm certain at some level predate and supersede any influence of my childhood environment, even as those experiences would have helped reinforce or perhaps muddied for a while those particular focuses.
When did you first start writing?
My very first serious attempt at writing was in primary school. I was probably only nine or ten. The incident and my teacher stand out more clearly for me than my specific age. I had written a very long story of a whole page! My teacher very kindly and supportively suggested that I might want to use less 'ands' and more commas and full stops, the only full stop being at the end of the page. My writing journey has progressed in fits and starts since then.
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Where to find Derek Stirling Kerr online


Kiyron: Tr Halsien Zjeur - Volume 1 - Awakenings
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 336,680. Language: Australian English. Published: November 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Wars are coming. Dangers terrestrial and celestial, visible and unknown, will threaten everyone and everything during events spanning six millennia, the prophecies of Lieoptay-Noot and the foreseen Kajin Rabiel influencing it all. But on a world where even the metaphysically gifted, the genetically engineered and androids can’t determine all the threats they face, will their efforts be enough?

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