This is Derrick’s debut novel. It’s a self-published work about African- American life in the armed services during the Vietnam war. The story follows 18- year old Wilmington native Darrin Andrews as he arrives at the US naval base on Subic Bay in the Philippines in 1970. It explores Darrin’s first experience with white people after growing up in a segregated South and attending the historic Williston high school. It also delves into an unlikely affair between a young, naïve Darrin and Eva, an older, accomplished Air Force nurse. The story follows their experiences as blacks serving in the U.S. military during that era. It also explores the cultural norms they share as dark-skinned African-Americans.
Derrick, a Wilmington native, retired from Corning in 2015 after 32-years. A familiar voice to many, he was a local commentator for years on WAAV under the late Donn Ansell. Currently he is co-host of “Look Who’s Talking,” on WLTT with Harvard Jennings, which airs weekday afternoons from 4-5.