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Aside from loving chocolate and coffee (not necessarily in that order) Scott McPherson has learned that he loves to write. He writes fiction and, so far, has published two novels. Scott has many varied interests, though he tries to focus on one at a time. He has worked for nearly thirty-five years as a family physician, a pass-time that gives him great pleasure and pays the bills. He has five daughters and dotes upon three grandchildren. Recently married, he really loves life. Scott writes from his life experiences and from travel. His career in the active Air Force was brief, but he has been a member of the Nebraska Air National Guard since just before 9/11 in 2001. The aftermath of that great disaster changed the face of the Guard and led to missions in far-away lands. He has spent time in Turkey, Iraq, Spain, Crete and Guam in missions related to support for Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He has been to Iceland and Antarctica as well. Scott has no personal experience with violent death or murder, but has gained knowledge from experts. In his first novel, “A Step Ahead of Death,” his character, Jack Sharp MD, becomes embroiled in a murder mystery. First as suspect, then as amateur sleuth, Jack tries to make a difference. He finds himself right in the middle of an investigation well beyond the scope of a local murder. A man of faith, Scott traveled to Africa with his small family in the 1980s and served as a medical missionary in Zaire (known as Congo today) with a church organization. The vast difference in what it takes to exist in such an environment served as a basis for much of his second novel, a thriller, “Congo Mission.” His character, Jack, is twenty years younger than in the first novel. In “Congo Mission” Jack serves as a physician in a missionary hospital in the jungles of northwestern Zaire. There he is not only captivated by a young woman visiting the region, but falls victim to his nemesis Jacques Levant. His motivations and faith are tested and his resolve to do God’s work gets pushed to the limit. When he is not writing Scott enjoys walking, a practice that actually led to his first attempt at writing a novel. He began making notes and writing prose about the mundane things around him. He tried to make the details sound interesting, even though it was just for his own pleasure. Eventually he found that he could expand his prose to “what if?” “What if I just kept walking?” “What if I, or my character, found a dead body in the ditch along the side of the path?” That was the premise for the first novel, “A Step Ahead of Death.” Scott McPherson is an avid trombone player and has played since he was nine years old. He marched in the Cornhusker Marching Band at the University of Nebraska and now takes advantage of one free football game a year by playing in the half-time show with the UNL Alumni Marching Band. He plays in the Lincoln Civic Orchestra and a community band from the nearby town of Waverly, Nebraska. Scott loves to sing as well, though his range seems to have diminished in recent years. He has sung in college and church choirs and remembers performing parts of Handel’s Messiah as a highlight of his singing experience. One little-known fact about Scott is that he once sang soprano in a boys choir. Scott plans to keep writing as long as the ideas flow and others show interest in his stories. He loves to interact with other writers or readers about what has become a passion in his life. Reviews are always welcome as are questions and comments.


CRISIS ON THE ICE By Scott McPherson Release Date JULY 1 ! Now Available to Pre-Order on Amazon Why Should I Pre-Order? The most common response I have gotten  to this is, “Well, I’ll just buy it when it’s published.” … Continue reading

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Why Write a Novel Based In Antarctica?

Why write a novel based in Antarctica? I first became enthralled with Antarctica when I read a book as a child about penguins.  At that time it had been less than 50 years since explorers had first reached the South … Continue reading

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SOUTH POLE – Antarctica!

Trip To The South Pole Part 1 Describing my trip to the South Pole could be made to sound routine but to me, this opportunity may not come again.  Even the crews who fly routinely to the South Pole rarely … Continue reading

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ANTARCTICA! A Little Excitement

6 February 2007 Antarctica – An Exciting Day   Today things got a little “exciting” as we had a potentially serious injury.  I can’t share details but the member was medically evacuated to Christchurch NZ.  It was the first urgent … Continue reading

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Antarctica! Life at McMurdo

6 Feb 2007 From my duty at McMurdo Station, Antarctica in  2007 (second installment) Not everyone who comes to McMurdo Station in Antarctica has the opportunity to travel to distant stations.  Travel here is on a “need to go” basis.  … Continue reading

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Mission to Antarctica Antarctica!  In honor of the 10th year since I stepped foot on the ICE I will reprint, over the coming weeks, the posts I sent back to readers at that time.  I was a member of the … Continue reading

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Back on the Grid – Writing Again

Writing Again! I’ve been off the “grid” for a while because I have recently changed jobs.  I am currently a teacher of family medicine.  Just a few short months ago I was in a busy practice seeing about 100 patients … Continue reading

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Retired from the Nebraska Air National Guard after 25 years of service United States Air Force Retired, what does that feel like today? I woke up with the realization that something that has been a big part of my life … Continue reading

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AVAILABLE NOW A Step Ahead of Death A Step Ahead of Death, by Scott McPherson 2nd edition is now LIVE ON AMAZON! Available for Kindle. Reviewers have said:             “A great read!” “I couldn’t put … Continue reading

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Writing a Novel?

How do you begin writing a novel?   My first novel was a training ground for me.  I had always been taught to plan out anything you intend to write for others.  This meant a dreaded outline.  I hate outlines.  … Continue reading

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