McCluskey has earned a Bachelor of Art in Communications from the University of Massachusetts with a minor in philosophy. He returned to complete a Certificate in Journalism and then obtained a Master of Fine Art degree in Creative and Professional Writing from Western Connecticut State University. His work is defined with a strong subtext exploring the absurdity of the human condition, though he’d be the first to tell you that he doesn’t take anything too seriously. Proving this point, Derrick performs irreverent stand-up comedy in New York as a hobby.
McCluskey started the Pensive Lion Press label in 2008 and published Beyond Cops and Robbers: How the West Was Lost, as his first piece of fiction—a tribute to the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil. Derrick specializes in screenwriting and has projects currently being circulated in Hollywood. His mantra is, “Entertain first; bore no reader,” a theme he teaches to burgeoning writers with his course: Write Your Story. While dedicated to the craft of writing, Derrick has still found time to serve in two wars as an Air Force National Guardsman.
Derrick practices mug shots to sharpen his ability at slipping into the right character befitting every crime classification. . .just in case.