Milford Town Marshal Derek Kreider is also a published author. Kreider’s book, “A Fairy’s Tale,” was inspired by a conversation he had with third-graders while working as the school resource officer. His book is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Photo by Amanda Bridgman, Times-Union.
Milford Town Marshal Derek Kreider is also a published author. Kreider’s book, “A Fairy’s Tale,” was inspired by a conversation he had with third-graders while working as the school resource officer. His book is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Photo by Amanda Bridgman, Times-Union.
Milford Town Marshal Derek Kreider can also call himself a published author after the release of his new teen fiction book.

Kreider’s book, “A Fairy’s Tale,” was published by Tall Pine Books in Warsaw and is available for purchase on Amazon or at Barnes & Noble bookstores. The 20-chapter, 240-page book came out a few weeks ago and is the first of three books in the series.

The book follows a man named Derek, who is a police officer and works as a resource officer in a school. One day, a storm hits and Derek finds a 5-inch-tall fairy named Isabel. Derek lets Isabel live with him and they both have to learn how to live with each other, Kreider said.

The story, coming from 51-year-old Kreider who has been in law enforcement for 25 years, actually came about during his time serving as the school resource officer in Milford.

“I was sitting with a group of third-graders at lunch and talking and we got into a conversation about fairies and whether or not they fly around in jets,” Kreider said. “I thought I’d write a short story for their class.”

But instead of writing a short story for their class, Kreider took an online Master Class on creative writing and got to work.

He’s currently writing the second book.

Kreider said he’s always enjoyed writing and had an interest in writing short stories. He said when he worked the third shift at the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office, he wrote a short story and passed it around to the guys.

It does require some time to get into the zone though, he said, from working the streets during the day and then finding time to sit down and write. To finish “A Fairy’s Tale,” Kreider said he went to a hotel for three days, locked himself inside and wrote until he was done.

After he finishes all three books in the series, he said he plans to publish a booked called “Police Stories” that will be a compilation of 15 short stories from conversations he’s had with law enforcement all across the country.

“I’m pretty excited, it’s a lot of fun, and I hope people enjoy the story,” he said. “I’ve had a couple people ask me how to write a book, and I say just start writing.”

A copy of Kreider’s book is also available to borrow from the North Webster Community Public Library.