A product of the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Derek Heinz calls Seattle home. He grew up in Portland, attended college in Bellingham, began his teaching career in Wenatchee, and continued it in Seattle.

Derek often travels throughout the Northwest, mostly in pursuit of rivers to explore with a fly rod. His daughter, Genevieve (“Evie”), was born in 2007, and as frequently as possible they can be found together appreciating nature via camping, hiking, biking, rockhounding, or, of course, fly fishing.

As Evie grew into a shared appreciation of the outdoors, Derek was inspired to capture her wonderment and his fascination with viewing the world through her young, questioning eyes. The result is an ever-growing collection of stories he hopes many parents and children will enjoy together.