John Herrick

A self-described "broken Christian," John Herrick battled depression since childhood. In that context, however, he developed intuition for themes of spiritual journey and the human heart.

Full Bio

W hen he decided to become a novelist, John Herrick did not expect to invest the next twenty years in what would seem a grueling, disconnected process.

A native of St. Louis, Herrick fell in love with writing fiction at eight years old, and by age eleven, his goal shifted from short stories to novels—and turning a hobby into a career. Challenged with a constant flow of fresh ideas and lack of patience to complete such long-term projects, he merged the written word with another love: music. Herrick spent fifteen years developing his songwriting and lent several songs to benefit recordings by nonprofit entities.

A self-described "broken Christian," Herrick battled depression since childhood. In that context, however, he developed intuition for themes of spiritual journey and the human heart.

Herrick attended his first year of college at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He completed his studies at University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, where he graduated cum laude with a B.A. in mass communication.

Herrick gained ghostwriting and voice-over experience for print, radio and the Internet, including WCBW-FM in St. Louis, the unofficial predecessor to current station JOY FM (KLJY).

Herrick spent nearly a decade in the information technology arena. To his surprise, through technical work, he acquired analytical and project-management skills that would help shape his personal writing process. His project work included software development and support for the media and fund-development arenas.

Eventually fund-development executives approached Herrick and asked him to manage donor marketing and analytics for the national nonprofit media syndicate for which he worked. Intrigued by the prospect of combining his creative and technical skills, Herrick accepted the challenge. By the end of his first year at the helm, the program experienced its strongest revenue performance in four years. His sense of calling, however, remained alive. When offered a promotion to directorship, Herrick respectfully declined, sensing a need to preserve his evenings for his true passion as a writer.

While he worked behind a desk at a nonprofit organization, Herrick struggled with the need to write. Armed with a concept that had burned within him for three years, he chipped away for an hour or two each evening until he completed the manuscript for his first novel, The Landing. The novel became a semifinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest.

For his second novel—his first novel to hit the shelves-Herrick crafted From The Dead, where he weaves together themes of life, romance, and spiritual journey. In From The Dead, Herrick examines a character who rediscovers his true destiny, acquires a fatherhood role—and discovers how far a father would go to spare the life of his son.

From The Dead became an Amazon Kindle bestseller in the United States and United Kingdom.

The Landing was published in 2012.

His first nonfiction book, 8 Reasons Your Life Matters, published in 2013 and intended as a free e-book exclusive, reached the #1 spots on Amazon's free Christian Inspiration and Motivational Self-Help bestseller lists. The book also reached Amazon #1 spots in the U.K., Australia, Germany and India. More than 100,000 copies of the book have reached readers.

The novels Between These Walls (2015), Beautiful Mess (2017), and Mona Lisas and Little White Lies (2019) followed.

Looking back, Herrick admits that, on many occasions, his circumstances appeared unrelated and without focus. Yet, with regard to the journey, Herrick acknowledges, "It was a challenge but also a growth process. At the time I wondered what God's plan could be. But in retrospect, I can see His fingerprints all over it."

When he is not writing, he loves reading and long drives on the interstate. He is a sucker for 1990s music.

Herrick lives in the Carolinas, where he is at work on his next novel.

  • "Herrick will make waves."
    Publishers Weekly
  • “With Between These Walls, John Herrick has crafted an engaging, inspirational story with a resounding message about faith, matters of the heart and above all, inner peace.”
    Edge Media Network
  • “[John Herrick] wants readers to feel the conflict and turmoil that Hunter feels. And he performs a service by giving Hunter the 'traditional' male qualities -- athletic, popular, masculine -- that illustrates his point that anyone can be gay.”
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • "Exquisite and honest. The Landing goes beyond language to pursue that elusive something that, when found, lingers and leaves you changed. Let John Herrick's characters and their triumphs strike a chord in your heart."
    Phyllis Wallace
    Syndicated radio host
  • "A powerful, absorbing tale, that will touch the heart and the mind as never before. A page turner."
    Doug Wead
    New York Times bestselling author and advisor to two presidents
  • “Evocative ... I felt breathless ... You'll want to get this book.”
    Michelle Sutton
    Author of Danger at the Door
  • "Simply bad-ass."
    The Elliott Review
  • "Brilliant ... There is a heart and integrity to Herrick's writing."
    The Phantom Tollbooth
  • "A solid debut novel."
    Akron Beacon Journal
  • "Powerful."
    Midwest Book Review
  • "Eloquence with an edge. In a single chapter, John Herrick can break your heart, rouse your soul, and hold you in suspense. Be prepared to stay up late."
    Doug Wead
    New York Times bestselling author and advisor to two presidents
  • A creative and fresh romp through one of pop culture's most notorious tales. John Herrick's characters become your best friends. His world is keen, compelling and excessively alive.
    Jeffrey James Keyes
    New York Times bestselling author
  • Beautiful Mess is an engaging work of fiction, a compelling and delicious 'what if' about one of the most celebrated and tragic figures in Hollywood history.
    Foreword Reviews magazine
  • Entertaining ... If you are in the mood for a quick read, this may be the perfect book for you.
    Bismarck Tribune

Short Bio

A self-described "broken Christian," John Herrick battled depression since childhood. In that context, however, he developed intuition for themes of spiritual journey and the human heart.

Herrick graduated from the University of Missouri—Columbia. Rejected for every writing position he sought, he turned to information technology and fund development, where he cultivated analytical and project management skills that helped shape his novel-writing process. He seized unpaid opportunities writing radio commercial copy and ghostwriting for two nationally syndicated radio preachers.

The Akron Beacon Journal hailed Herrick's From the Dead as "a solid debut novel." Published in 2010, it became an Amazon bestseller. The Landing, a semifinalist in the inaugural Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest, followed.

Herrick's nonfiction book 8 Reasons Your Life Matters introduced him to new readers worldwide. The free e-book surpassed 100,000 downloads and hit #1 on Amazon's Motivational Self-Help and Christian Inspiration bestseller lists. Reader response prompted a trade paperback.

In Between These Walls, readers returned to Hudson, Ohio, to which he introduced them in From the Dead. And in Beautiful Mess, a 2017 Best Book Awards winner, readers found a romantic comedy with a twist on screen legend Marilyn Monroe.

Herrick admits his journey felt disconnected. "It was a challenge but also a growth process," he acknowledges. "But in retrospect, I can see God's fingerprints all over it."