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 children’s books Stop Drop and Chill and The Low Down Bad Day Blues published by Scholastic (2005). He is also the author of the popular series entitled Ruby and the Booker Boys, also published by Scholastic. His first hardcover title is the middle-grade novel We Could Be Brothers (Sankofa Books). 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. Derrick resides in Kansas City, MO with his wife, Dr. Tinka Barnes and their sons, Ezra, Solomon, Silas, and Nnamdi.