When Do You Become an Author?

When do you become an “author”?

I imagine all of us have written original compositions in school while we were growing up. I remember even taking a creative writing course in college as a freshman. As a college student when life got complicated it occasionally wrote a poem and was pretty good at writing letters. Following college, however, in medical school we wrote almost nothing, except masses of notes from each class.

My name first appeared in paper published in an agricultural journal by a former college professor who utilized my Junior year research project to bolster his publication numbers (it was only a demonstration project). I still have a copy of that article, though.

Much later in life, at about 50 I discovered that I could write well. Having lived a few years and read a few thousand books I found that I could write in a way that others enjoyed reading what I produced. I don’t write for a living, but writing has made my life more interesting.

My first novel was picked up by a publisher, Comfort Publishing, in 2010 and published in August 2011. A Step Ahead of Death was my pride and joy. Published by a publisher! It wasn’t a best-seller, but every sale was a boost in my ego. aStepofDeath2 Cover email size Copy

Traditional publishing takes extra time and you have to convince someone in a few short words that what you have written is worth their time. I chose, after waiting a year for my publisher to decide, to self-publish my second novel Congo Mission. Considering my market experience, sales have been good. I am in the black for both books and still pedaling forward to find ways to reach a larger audience.

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Book number three, working title Witness in the Window (a true sequel to A Step Ahead of Death), is being proofread and edited. I hope to publish again this fall. I am still debating independent vs traditional. See my other blogs on the process.

I am an author. I read and I write and now others read my work.

ARE YOU AN AUTHOR? What’s your story?

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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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2 Responses to When Do You Become an Author?

  1. When Do You Become an Author? – Scott McPherson, M.D.
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    • smcpherson58 says:

      A timeless question. Anyone writing their thoughts on paper, screen or website could be considered an author. Qualify the word “author” with “award winning” or “internationally known” or “published” and you create a distinction of merit. What do other bloggers think?

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