“Brothers and Other Stories” – The story of two brothers whose already-complicated relationship becomes even more challenging when one creates a terrible moral dilemma for the other. Told entirely through first-person monologues by people in the brothers’ lives, the story begs the question, “How far does “brotherly love” really go?” Plus, eleven short stories and essays tracking one middle aged man’s journey through a socially, politically, culturally, and spiritually challenging time.
“Chocolate Cows and Purple Cheese, and other tales from the homefront” – Seventy essays written by a typical suburban husband and father, exploring the “thousand shades of gray” that color young adulthood: aging; politics and patriotism; the adventures and challenges of parenting; marriage; death; faith and religion; and family life.
“Abundance – a collection” — Poetry exploring the essential human condition: life and death, love and loss, faith and doubt.
“The Edge of Middle – thoughts from the top of the hill” – The trip from youth middle age is filled with challenges, achievements, confusion, focus, elation and disappointment, heartache and joy. These 25 poems, short stories and essays reflect and expound on that ongoing journey through the eyes and experiences of one husband, father doing his best to find his way along a new path.
The Acorn Wars – Tom Hernandez’s fourth book and first novel tells the story of a young man forced to publicly confront painful hidden truths when his adoptive father dies suddenly.
The Weekly Fruit and Vegetable Report –An interesting thing happens when grandchildren come along.
Gray skies brighten.
Heavy loads lighten.
Rough roads smooth out.
If only for a little while.
These forty essays, poems and short stories chart one man’s journey during a time of division and darkness, and how an amazing little spirit helped defeat a world of demons, one giggly smile at a time.
Books Including Tom Hernandez
Write Where We Are: WriteOn Joliet Fifth Annual Anthology 2021 – works by members of the WriteOn Joliet writers group, published in 2021. This collection includes three selections by Tom Hernandez.
Write Where We Are: WriteOn Joliet Fourth Annual Anthology 2020 – works by members of the WriteOn Joliet writers group, published in 2020. This collection includes three selections by Tom Hernandez.
Write Where We Are: WriteOn Joliet Third Annual Anthology 2019 – works by members of the WriteOn Joliet writers group, published in 2019. This collection includes three selections by Tom Hernandez.
“Write Where We Are: WriteOn Joliet Second Annual Anthology 2018” – works by members of the WriteOn Joliet writers group, published in 2018. This collection includes two selections by Tom Hernandez.
“Write Where We Are” – inaugural anthology for the WriteOn Joliet writers group, published in 2017. This collection includes three selections by Tom Hernandez.
“Cheetah Stories – A WriteOn Joliet Anthology” ” — A baby cheetah appears on your porch and asks for a sandwich.” This strange and wonderful writing prompt garnered some of the most varied and imaginative pieces ever found in a single anthology. Tom Hernandez has one story in this amazing collection.