Interview  - Derek Berry

Topics of conversation:

  • Creativity -  Habits vs. Muse
  • International Politics - Refugee Policies
  • Balancing Being a Writer with Being a College Student
  • Growing Up in the South
  • Work as a Spoken Word Poet

Derek Berry  is a novelist, spoken word poet, and student. He has published Heathens and Liars of Lickskillet County with PRA Publishing in 2016. This is his first novel. He performs spoken word poetry in venues across the Southeast United States and hosts a bi-monthly poetry series The Unspoken Word in Charleston, SC. He is currently studying as an undergraduate in Political Science and International Studies at the College of Charleston.



Declin Ostrander is an unwilling nomad always moving from town to town. His father works as a lawyer for the Knights of Southern Heritage, a thinly disguised white supremacy movement. Right now, they're in Lickskillet, S.C. where Mr. Ostrander plans to defend a man accused in a racially motivated murder. As far as Declin's concerned, it's more of the same: new town, new school, new, batch of all-too-familiar bigoted towns people. Constantly moving schools does give him the opportunity to continuously reinvent himself through lies, imagination and the gullibility of his fellow students. Surrounded by social segregation, class division and ingrained resistance to change on the part of the townsfolk, Declin and five fellow high school seniors will launch a rebellion against their expected roles life. In doing so, they'll discover the truth behind Lickskillet's dirty secrets.

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