Derek Blount is an award-winning author who spent two decades in the world of corporate finance before fully engaging his career in writing.

Derek's pulse-pounding thrillers HOSTILE TAKEOVER and SECOND SON have garnered critical praise including:

"Derek Blount knows how to build tension with the best of contemporary thriller authors." -- Anne Hillerman, NY Times Bestselling Novelist

"I could not put this book down. The plot is fabulous, the characters are fabulous, the writing is fabulous…and every detail of the New Mexico desert rings true to this former New Mexican." -- Anne Taintor,

His first published work, THE THREE CHRISTMASES OF WILLIAM SPENCER, was hailed as "a truly beautiful book" and described by parenting author and CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL editor Susan Heim as "a wonderful gift book for sharing the joy of the season and the meaning of life."

Derek resides in Texas with his wife, Bethany, and their two sons. He is a member of American MENSA and serves on the Board of Directors of a prominent not-for-profit arts organization.

You may email Derek at and follow him on Twitter at @derek_blount.

Addison Magazine ran a feature profiling Derek prior to a book signing for Hostile Takeover.  READ IT HERE.

Lifestyle Frisco also profiled Hostile Takeover along with Derek's earlier holiday book The Three Christmases of William Spencer. READ THE LIFESTYLE FRISCO ARTICLE HERE.