Derek Strange is the co-author of Chatterbox and American Chatterbox for primary learners, and Double Take for young teenagers. He is also the author of Start Reading, a series of reading comprehension books for young learners, the course consultant for Chit Chat, and a writer for Oxford's range of graded readers.

In the past, Derek was an inspector of schools for the British Council in Britain for 9 years and a materials consultant for the British Council on various overseas projects in China, Bhutan, and Mozambique.