SOCIAL MEDIA AND ME

Social Media and Me    Scott fav 2013 sm

I have had computers since 1982 when I bought my first Apple IIe.  I began using the internet around 1990 with a dial-up modem.  I’ve been on Facebook for about 6 years, but it only recently dawned on me how social media can be a source of so much information and connection.  I know it sounds dumb.  I connected with a lot of friends through Facebook, but I failed to see that you can befriend people all around the world, see their perspective and share a small piece of their life.  They, in turn, often want to see what my life is like and what I have to say.  Even if my opinions aren’t terribly exciting or earth-shattering, they are my unique ideas.

I have written novels and I want people to read them and like them.  I write because I enjoy writing.  I have a day job.  I have sold quite a few books to people whom I know or have met personally, but how would someone 500 miles away even hear about my book?  Advertising is what big companies do, but now we can share with thousands of people in a moment.  Using Twitter and scheduling tweets on Hootsuite, it is possible for a huge number of people to see a snippet of what you want them to read.  Some take the plunge and check it out.  I am amazed at the different people who have shown interest.  I am learning as I go and still having fun.  I try to engage the people who respond to me and have had some wonderful conversations this way.

My initial goal is to reach 1000 followers before launching my next book.  At the rate my Twitter following is growing I think this will happen by fall.

How did you start using Social Media?

What are your goals for being on Social Media?

What is your unique perspective that attracts others?

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About smcpherson58

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.
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