About Dennis Herrick


Dennis Herrick

I fancy myself as a writer. Writing books is my form of brain calisthenics.

Two of my novels have been published by Sunbury Press and both are available in second editions. They are a historical fiction novel titled Winter of the Metal People (2003 and 2017) and an Albuquerque  mystery titled  A Brother's Cold Case (2014 and 2018).

My latest book is my pandemic project, written while I was cooped up in my house. It is a second sci-fi novel titled Missionaries to Earth. Sending missionaries to convert native people in "discovered" lands to the conquerors' religion has been common for hundreds of years. This novel examines how Earth might receive missionaries from another planet who arrived to convert Humans to an interplanetary religion. For information, go to dennisherrick.com/missionaries Now that I have the instant gratification through Amazon to have this book on my bookcase with zero marketing, I hope my regular publisher will pick it up, because Sunbury Press now has a new sci-fi imprint that I was not aware of in writing Missionaries to Earth.

My nonfiction historical book is a biography titled Esteban: The African Slave Who Explored America. It was published in 2018 by University of New Mexico Press. For information, go to dennisherrick.com/Esteban_Explorer  I also have a small nonfiction history book titled Faded Pueblos of the Tiguex War, but that book is limited to regional interest. It is self-published so I can make updates to it when new facts are learned

When asked why I wrote Esteban's biography, I reply that all my books are about average people including him who face such daunting obstacles that they seemed destined to fail—but they are underdogs who end up winning.

Other underdogs in my books include the Pueblo Indians in Winter of the Metal People who prevailed against European invaders in 1540–42 despite being greatly outnumbered and facing that era's advanced Spanish weapons. In the modern day, there is the twice-divorced, hard-luck newspaper reporter in A Brother's Cold Case who keeps looking for the murderer of his brother when the police won't. In the near future, there is the sergeant, brave enough but still an enlisted man, who finds himself the lone survivor of his Army base after an alien invasion's attack in my first sci-fi novel, War of the Planet Burners, and then goes on to become the hero fighter for Earth.

I tend to cheer for the underdog against the favorite even in sports.

I mustn't neglect my 20+ short stories. I will soon publish some on Amazon in an ebook titled Newspapering Stories: Collection about reporters and editors. Being an old newspaper man myself, this collection honors the "ink-stained wretches" I knew in my career.

All of my short stories also are available as 99-cent estories. Click on any of those covers from this site's left-hand list of short stories and you'll be taken to a page on my website with more information. Also,  I wrote a "fan ficion" novella that fills in details that weren't in the 1991 script for the "Star Trek The Next Generation" episode #89 titled First Contact. If you ask through the "Contact" tab, I'll email you a complimentary copy.

If you have a question about any of my books or short stories, send me an email through this site's "Contact" tab.  And if you like my books or short stories, please say so. We unknown authors are paid in compliments, not royalties.

Appearances along with bookstore signings:
       * Presentations about Esteban: The African Slave Who Explored America, at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, La Vida Llena aging facility, the University of New Mexico bookstore, Bookworks, Treasure House Books, and Albuquerque Public Library, all in Albuquerque.
      * Article about Esteban in Zócalo national online magazine at https://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2019/01/15/escaped-slave-discovered-a...

      * Esteban: The African Slave Who Explored America (University of New Mexico Press, 2018), nonfiction biography
      * Presentation about Winter of the Metal People and the Coronado expedition at Desert Ridge Middle School, Albuquerque
     * Presentation about Winter of the Metal People and the Coronado expedition at Santa Fe Indian School
     * Instructor, "How to Write a Mystery Novel," Continuing Education, University of New Mexico
    * Article on the research, writing and marketing of Winter of the Metal People in issue of Roundup Magazine, Western Writers of America at http://dennisherrick.com/perseverance
    * Lecture, "The Coronado Expedition to Albuquerque," Lew Wallace Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution
    * Presentation about Tiguex War for the Stories of New Mexico Program, University of New Mexico
     * Nonfiction short, "The Indian Who Defied Coronado," available on this site
     * Article, "Xauían and the Tiguex War," Native Peoples Magazine, 2016) at http://dennisherrick.com/Xau%C3%ADan
     * Presentation about the Coronado Expedition, Del Webb's Alegria community, Bernalillo
     * Article, "The Puebloan View of a Lesser-Known War," New Mexico Mercury at http://newmexicomercury.com/blog/Print/the_puebloan_view_of_a_lesser_kno...
    * Presentation about Coronado Expedition to New Mexico and Arizona, Western National Parks Association, Tucson
     * Presentation about Winter of the Metal People, Friends of Coronado Historic Site
     * Presentation, "Xauían: Forgotten Pueblo Leader," Historical Society of New Mexico
    * Presentation about Coronado and the Tiguex War, Continuing Education, University of New Mexico
     * Presentation about Winter of the Metal People, Albuquerque Oasis Senior Programs
     * Winter of the Metal People (Sunbury Press, 2013 and 2017), historical fiction
     * First Contact (Sterling Publications, 2016), sci-fi fan fiction of episode 89 of "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
     * A Brother's Cold Case (Sunbury Press, 2014 and 2018), mystery novel
     * War of the Planet Burners (Sterling Publications, 2nd ed., 2019) sci-fi novel
     * War of the Planet Burners (Moonshine Publishing, 1st ed., 2016) sci-fi novel
     * 2012 second edition, Media Management in the Age of Giants (University of New Mexico Press) textbook

     *  Guest Bedroom: Collected Stories (Sterling Publications, 2004–2021), twenty short stories
     * "Unwilling Patient" originally "Missing" (Story Teller magazine, 2010) short story publication
     * "Spirit Journey" (Wapsipinicon Almanac, 2006) short story publication

     * Faded Pueblos of the Tiguex War (Sterling Publications, 2003–2021), nonfiction history
     * 2003 first edition, Media Management in the Age of Giants (Iowa State University Press) textbook