Meet the Author: Luke Herzog (and win a copy of his book!)

Nov 17, 2014 by

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Many 13-year-olds have amazing imaginations, but Luke Herzog has taken it to the next level. He’s published two fantasy novels, with several upcoming book signings for his newest title, a 300-page fantasy novel called Griffin Blade and the Bronze Finger. The book, available in both paperback and e-book, officially releases on November 28, the young author’s 14th birthday. Luke is a student at Pacific Grove Middle School.

Griffin Blade and the Bronze Finger tells the story of a kind-hearted thief and his traveling band of misfit companions — a fugitive dwarf, a betrayed elf, an imprisoned minotaur, and a conflicted djinni — who pursue a lost gem and find themselves at the center of an epic battle for power in the world of Alastian. Aimed at middle grade to young adult readers, Griffin Blade is being published by Pacific Grove-based Why Not Books, and is available for $12.95 at as well as on Amazon. It is also offered on most e-book platforms (Kindle, Nook, iTunes) for $6.99.

Inspired by the scores of fantasy novels he has devoured, Luke began writing his first book, Dragon Valley, at age 9. Seventeen months later, he completed the 203-page novel, which was published in 2012 and has sold more than 1,000 copies.

“By reading so many books – at least one a week – Luke learned how to write from some of the best,” says his father, author Brad Herzog. “He has a grasp of things that many writers don’t comprehend until well into adulthood – foreshadowing, character development, the rhythm of sentences, showing instead of telling, exiting a scene at a dramatic moment. These are very adult Luke has been featured in Time for Kids magazine and has been called “a fast approaching superstar to the genre of fantasy writing.” Luke inspires other young authors who are genuinely excited and encouraged that one of their own has done it, and he receives emails from kids from across the country. One boy wrote, “I think that it is cool that you wrote a book. I have not done anything like that, but you have inspired me and have shown me that age does not matter.”

To celebrate the launch of his newest title, Luke is giving away a signed copy of Griffin Blade and the Bronze Finger to a lucky reader!

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We had the privilege of asking Luke a few questions about his writing process-find more about his writing philosophy and novels at his three book release events in the next few weeks!

November 19, 2014

RHD Family Reading Night – 11/19/2014 at 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

December 2, 2014

Meet the Author: Luke Herzog, YA Fantasy – 12/02/2014 at 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

December 16, 2014

Meet the Author: Luke Herzog, YA Fantasy – 12/16/2014 at 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

When did you decide to become a writer?
I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was very young. I used to write short picture books.

What made you decide to sit down and actually write something beyond your school assignments?
I’m not sure, really. I just had an idea and wanted to put it down on paper.

Which writers inspire you?
I’m a big fan of many fantasy authors, but J.R.R. Tolkien has to be my biggest inspiration… and of course my dad, Brad Herzog, also an author.  Without him I likely wouldn’t have chosen to write a book.

What draws you to the fantasy genre?
I like the idea of creating an entirely different world where the only limit is your imagination.

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or more randomly?
I write sporadically, but I’m trying to get a more regular schedule.

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
No, but it’s not a bad idea.

Where do the your ideas come from?
Most ideas, at least from me, come from absolutely nowhere. Occasionally a sentence or phrase from another book might trigger something in my head.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I prefer to see where it takes me, but at some point I usually have to make at least a vague outline of where my story is going.

What is the hardest thing about writing?
The dedication. It can be difficult not to procrastinate and get off track.  You just have sit and focus without any distractions.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
My first novel, Dragon Valley, took me a year and a half. Griffin Blade took me two years.

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
I’m still attempting to figure that out myself.

What book/s are you reading at present?
Currently I’m reading a good book called The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It’s a solid fantasy novel and I’m going to read the next one in the series.

Tell us about the cover and how it came about.
The cover for Dragon Valley was designed by my mom. She found the main image and we built the cover around that. For Griffin Blade we hired a professional designer who is also a RHD mom, Tessa Avila.

Do you have any advice for other kids your age on writing?
It feels great to complete a piece of writing. Hard work and dedication pay off.

Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own books?
I do not currently have a trailer for either books, but its possible in the future.

Do you plan on writing more books? Is this a career you want to pursue, or would you like to do something else as you get older?
Of course! I have a billion ideas circulating in my mind at the moment. When I’m older, I hope to pursue a writing career of some kind.

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