Derek Mortimer


I live in Sydney, Australia, and grew up in Bradford, Yorkshire, the then, industrial north of England, a place of mills, mines and muck. But, beyond the cities were sweeping moors that seemed to go on forever, an exciting landscape for a boy to explore. Which is probably why when I moved to Australia I fell in love with the great open spaces of the Snowy Mountains – and the sea. I love ocean swimming, and ocean swimming is also a journey across space.
I’m lucky in the sense that I am at home in two countries; in one I am an immigrant, in the other an emigrant. Some of my stories reflect this duality, the immigrant’s life, and the days of childhood in another country. I have an Australian wife, two daughters who were born in England but grew up in Australia, two Australian-born granddaughters, and countless members of an extended family on both sides of the world.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating characters and being with them as they grow.
What are you working on next?
A series of short stories.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Derek Mortimer online


Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,820. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Meridian is about time. Time, the past. Time, the present. Time, the future. A woman sits in a cafe which has a clock with one hand and reflects how she tried to cheat time. Elderly brothers meet after decades of separation and talk of what they won, what they lost. Two boys test each others’ courage as they stand by a flickering fire in the dark waiting for the Devil.
A Seagull Stole My Bellybutton
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,820. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays
Leanne is a girl who refuses to give up. When a seagull steals her bellybutton while she is playing on the beach one warm summers day she chases after it. What would you do if it happened to you? The same? You need a bellybutton for a lot or reasons. Best get it back eh?
On the Run
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 49,910. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
On the Run is set in Sydney and the Australian outback. It is as up to the moment as todays news. A story of love, loyalty, betrayal, and flight from injustice. Set against the background of potential terrorism Lexie Love is forced to face up to the challenge of loyalty to her friend Hakim Masud, as they flee the city, into a country hideout, pursued by police and a hostile media.

Derek Mortimer's tag cloud

abuse    action    adventure    afghanistan    ambition    australian bush    beach    betrayal    boyhood    death    holiday    hopes and dreams    love    loyalty    memory    migration    mum and dad    play    political thriller    rescue    sand    sea    seagull    student activist    sun    terrorism    travel