Derek Mascarenhas is one of four children born to parents who emigrated from Goa, India, and settled in Burlington, Ontario. A backpacker who has travelled across six continents, Derek currently resides in Toronto, where he balances his creative pursuits with a career in Market Intelligence. His short story collection titled, Coconut Dreams was released in April 2019.

Derek is also a student of the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Creative Writing Program, and was recently published in the 2012 Random House of Canada Student Award in Writing Chapbook, Three.