Dennis Herrick

Dennis is the author of the historical novel Winter of the Metal People: The untold story of America’s first Indian war. That book is featured in the Wikipedia article about him. They’ve always had the Spanish version of the story about the Coronado expedition and Tiguex War, but the more he researched the war he realized that the Pueblo side of the story had never been told. It’s impossible to understand such a major event without both perspectives, so his historical novel presents the details from the Indian point of view for the first time, featuring the little-known historical figure of the Puebloan leader, Xauían, the first native hero of more than three and a half centuries of the Indian wars in the U.S. Sunbury Press published Winter of the Metal People originally in 2013, and then in 2017 it published a second edition complete with endnotes and a glossary.
Sunbury Press also published in 2014 his second novel, A Brother’s Cold Case, which is a mystery based in Albuquerque. In 2016, Moonshine Cove published his sci-fi novel, War of the Planet Burners. His writings about the Pueblo people won the 2004 Tony Hillerman Mystery Short Story Contest and the 2010 Society of Southwestern Writers contest. Some have been previously published in Cowboys & Indians magazine, Storyteller magazine, and the Wapsipinicon Almanac, a Midwestern literary journal. His experience includes being a former daily newspaper reporter, a former weekly newspaper publisher and owner, and a member of the journalism faculty at the University of New Mexico, where he retired with emeritus status.

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