About Dennis Herrick


Dennis Herrick

I fancy myself as a writer -- albeit, one without fame or glory.

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 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 the interplanetary religion. For information, go to dennisherrick.com/missionaries

My most important 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  

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.

Even at the personal level in sports, I tend to cheer for the underdog against the favorite. 

I mustn't neglect my 20+ short stories. Several are available as 99-cent estories. Click on any from the left-hand list of short stories and you'll be taken to a page on my website with more informatio. Also,  I wrote a novella that fills in the details that weren't in the script for the" Star Trek The Next Generation" episode #89 of 1991 titled First Contact. It's fan fiction that's not for sale . But if you if you ask through the "Contact" tab, I'll send 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.  

Appearances in addition to 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, and Bookworks, Albuquerque.
      * Article about Esteban in Zócalo national online magazie.


      * 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
    * 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 article, "The Indian Who Defied Coronado," available on this site
     * Article, "Xauían and the Tiguex War," Native Peoples Magazine
     * Presentation about the Coronado Expedition, Del Webb's Alegria community, Bernalillo
     * Article, "The Puebloan View of a Lesser-Known War," New Mexico Mercury
    * Presentation about Coronado Expedition to New Mexico and Arizona, Western National Parks Association, Tucson
     * Presentation about Coronado and the Tiguex War, 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 Coronado and the Tiguex War, Albuquerque Oasis Senior Programs