“Conceptus” Set for Release Tuesday, October 5, 2021

(Los Angeles, CA) – A lot of people can tell you exactly what led them to their career choice in life. Take Laura Drummond, for example. She knew from a young age she was going to become a law enforcement officer.

When Conceptus, the debut novel by California filmmaker and screenwriter Brian Herskowitz gets underway, Laura’s take-charge personality becomes clear fairly quickly. At just 14, she stands up to bullies and comes to the defense of the defenseless. Then when the unthinkable happens as she is on her way home from a high school dance, her fate and the fate of the next generation is sealed.

Book Locker of St. Petersburg, Florida is set to release Conceptus on October 5, 2021. As all good writers do, Herskowitz has incorporated a lot of himself into the story.

He is a fifth degree black belt in judo and a first degree black belt in Brazilian jujitsu as well as karate. Not to mention the defending U.S. Masters Champion and three-time World Masters Judo Championships medalist and a BJJ Pan American and World Masters Champion. His character, Laura Drummond, is an accomplished martial artist in her own right, capable of easily taking down the bad guys. But will her skill be enough to save her from a serial killer set on revenge?

Early reviews for the book have been impressive. Director/actor Jason Alexander said, “Conceptus is a taut, engaging, twisty thrill of a story. A truly cinematic novel from a writer who has been making film and television for decades. If your taste in ‘fun reads’ includes murder, mayhem, and madness - this is a must-read."

“Punchy, propulsive, and provocative, Conceptus is filled with intriguing twists and turns including one that few will see coming. Herskowitz has crafted a tight and speedy thrill ride. It’s a real page-turner,” said Gary Goldstein, author of The Last Birthday Party.

"Brian Herskowitz has crafted a gem of a police procedural, gritty and fast-paced. As much an inward emotional journey as a crackerjack crime novel, Conceptus gifts us with Laura Drummond, a kick-ass homicide detective whose dogged pursuit of a serial killer uncovers the secrets behind her own long-buried trauma," said Marshall Karp, New York Times #1 bestselling author

And Author John Reinhard Dizon said, “Conceptus by Brian Herskowitz is a fast-paced suspense/thriller with a strong psychological undercurrent that will keep readers enthralled… The element of dysfunction is enzymatic throughout the storyline… Herskowitz's work is as much of a cautionary tale of vengeance as it is a rebuke of family leaders whose abuses permanently damage innocent victims in their charge.”

More information can be found on the author’s website: BrianHerskowitz.com.

About the Author

Brian Herskowitz, 63, has been writing for a long time. “I wrote a play when I was maybe 10-years-old. It was about a robot that wanted to be a human,” he said.

At the time, Herskowitz didn’t think he’d consider writing as a career, but a decade later he wrote his first feature length movie script and a career was born. “It mirrored my experience training in martial arts in Japan with a heavy dose of imagination,” says Herskowitz, who as a writer has completed well over a dozen feature films.

He currently holds the title of lead faculty in screenwriting for the prestigious Boston University in Los Angeles – Writer in Hollywood program. He has also taught online for U.C.L.A. Extensions, and has had students from every corner of the earth.

Prior to that, he spent five years as the sit-com instructor for Writer’s Bootcamp. He has also been a featured speaker at the Screenwriters Expo, and the DVD of his lecture on outlining your feature script is now available through Creative Screenwriting workshops and seminars.    

Brian Herskowitz is also a published author. His first book, Process to Product: From Concept to Script: A practical Guide for the Screenwriter, was published in 2014. His debut novel, Conceptus, is set for release by Book Locker of St. Petersburg, Florida on October 5, 2021. Conceptus is the story of Laura Drummond, a homicide detective who ends up being targeted by a serial killer set on revenge.

Brian Herskowitz is married to actress Gina Hecht, who currently has a starring role in “Dave,” a show about a neurotic suburban man who has convinced himself that he is destined to become one of the best rappers of all times. Hecht stars as Dave “Lil Dicky’s” mother in the series. Brian Herskowitz and Gina Hecht have two amazing daughters, Maggie and Bailey.