Scott McPherson


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 three 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 served in the Nebraska Air National Guard for over 16 years and retired after over 25 years of military service. His work as a flight surgeon took him on 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.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
Witness in the Window begins with a woman being attacked on one of the bike paths in my community, Lincoln, Nebraska. It is witnessed by a Korean War veteran. He sees the attacker's face clearly, but he has not spoken in three years. The detectives we met in my first novel, A Step Ahead of Death, must try to find and arrest this man who is spreading panic on Lincoln's bike paths.

This is a sequel to A Step Ahead of Death, taking place a year-and-a-half after the close of the first novel. Jack is now married and his wife, Kathy had one daughter, Esther who still lives at home with them. He finds out that Jacques Levant, from the previous novel, is out to get him.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Honestly, I started out as a traditionally published author. My first novel, A Step Ahead of Death, was published in 2011 by Comfort Publishing. When I sent the manuscript to them for the second novel, Congo Mission, they showed no interest. In fact, they showed little interest in promoting the first novel or in communicating with me.

I wanted more control and more feedback about my publishing efforts. Likewise, I was able to publish novels at a price, much more realistic for the average reader.

Self-publishing is fascinating and exciting. It takes some preparation, but the satisfaction of having done it myself has been worth all the effort.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Scott McPherson online


Ransomware and Murder
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 97,080. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Jack’s medical office finances don’t make sense despite hard work. As they come up with some good strategies, they’re hacked. Detective Rebecca Sweate’s plate is filling up, dealing with a murder investigation in the Hospital. Now someone’s holding the hospital for ransom. Pulled different directions she has her hands tied when they lose computer access. Is the murder linked to the cyber-attack?
Crisis On The Ice
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 74,240. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Intrigue, suspense and a little romance. At last in Antarctica! Gabe Hunter is a scientist who searches for answers deep in the ice. When he and his three graduate students are thrown into turmoil by storms and crevasses, they stumble onto a secret. Their very lives may be at stake. The consequences of failure will not just affect them but possibly the whole world.

Scott McPherson's tag cloud

air force    antarctica    battle    cyber security    embezzling    female detective    fiction    hacker    ice    kidnapping    laser    malware    mcmurdo    murder    ransom    ransomware