Heather’s journey to individual success started as a child, when she sacrificed her own quest for social identity among her peers to help those in need. At an elementary age, she was already working in soup kitchens and pet shelters, connecting with others who came from a much more unfortunate background than hers.
Heather soon learned that her service was inspiring more people than she had thought. An avid sports fan growing up, Heather’s father used to take her and her brothers to Detroit Tigers games until he lost his job and could no longer afford the tickets. Heather’s co-volunteers learned about her situation after almost a year of working with her, and it just so happened to be around the same time the Tigers, as well as the Detroit Lions, started donating tickets to those particular non-profits. Soon enough, Heather had the means to treat her family to sporting events, and another reason to keep volunteering.
Heather graduated from the University of Michigan in 1996, and currently resides in Ann Arbor with her two children, who are both currently embracing their own ways to give back to the community. She is the author of the bestselling Dr. Bob book series, and guest lectures at universities and activism events.
Many people who grow up in a rough area often set their goals around getting out of that particular place and seeking a better life elsewhere. When Heather McPherson walked to school every day, that was now how she saw inner-city Detroit. She viewed every homeless person and every stray pet as an opportunity, for both that subject and her to enrich one another’s lives and grow through a selfless compassion.
Now a successful writer, activist and mother of two, Heather McPherson looks back on the urban setting that raised her, and has nothing but gratitude. Starting in her elementary years, Heather went to work in soup kitchens and animal shelters without any outside parties asking her to do so. She had less interest in developing her own social life, and more in helping others with backgrounds and life situations much different from her and her classmates.
Her career would have never gone to such heights without being raised in an area of such economic disparity and hardship for those on the receiving end of such difficult life situations. In her early childhood she had already devoted her life to public service, a decision many would say is a big choice for such a little person to commit. Heather McPherson never thought twice about bettering her community around her, even at the price of her own career and success. And in that, Detroit’s many opportunities to offer unbridled generosity is what eventually made her famous.
Heather McPherson is an inspiration to humanitarian activists around the world, as well as readers of her Dr. Bob fiction series. She dedicated her life to public service, starting in volunteer programs at an exceptionally early age. Now an accomplished academic, author, mother and leader of community involvement, Heather McPherson has taken on guest-speaking to spread her gospel of benevolence to others.
A graduate of Michigan University, Heather McPherson’s first paid speaking appearance was actually in a college classroom. She worked as a Teacher’s Assistant as part of her curriculum and ended up stealing some popularity from her superior when she substituted for him one day. When she graduated, she immediately went to a teaching position where she helped illiterate adults learn how to read and write. A lifetime believer of public service, Heather continued her volunteer work throughout, and even found the time to start writing her first Dr. Bob book.
Now a mother of two, Heather McPherson had to adapt to a lifestyle that demanded less working hours. With income flowing in from her book sales, she left her teaching position and started guest lecturing at universities and conventions around the world. Her career has inspired many to achieve their goals, whether they be in public service or fiction writing, and it shows through the faces of all her compelled audience members.
After graduating from college, Heather was excited to get back to her hometown with a bigger vision and drive to help her community, which was now backed by the leverage of a college degree. She started volunteering right away to teach English to those who had been living without the ability to read or write. She was no longer giving individual lessons, and was instead teaching to classrooms full of people who were all benefitting from her extensive experience.
It was through this ability of mass communication that a new prospect arose to Heather McPherson. She had entertained herself for years with the idea of Dr. Bob, an imaginary character that always seemed to find himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Heather decided it was time to put this protagonist on paper, and reach out to a larger audience of book readers around the world. Now, Heather McPherson’s popularity has spread like wildfire across international communities who are fascinated with Dr. Bob’s wit, sense of adventure and ability to create conflict out of thin air.
Heather McPherson always had a gifted imagination. Her widely-recognized protagonist, Dr. Bob, is a child of that imagination. With most of her childhood dedicated to helping impoverished people and stray pets find ways to live more amply, Heather reserved little time for the distraction of an active social life. She rarely surrounded herself with people of her age, except in school. Without being able to vent or even properly convey the tribulations of her childhood to someone in the same situation, she often consulted Dr. Bob and his adventures to keep her young mind stimulated.
It wasn’t until decades later that Dr. Bob’s character was actually put on paper. After receiving a degree at the University of Michigan, Heather embraced a short stint in teaching that allowed her to use her English fluency in a capacity that spoke to a larger audience. Her love for inspiring others was magnified by her ability to reach a bigger group of people, an idea she applied when revealing her long-time imaginary friend.
Dr. Bob’s ability to always find himself in the wrong situation at the wrong time is actually not a quality shared by his creator. Instead, he is a product of all the misadventures Heather had sacrificed when working to build her community. Her devotion to work kept her out of any sketchy situations that could occur throughout a wild adolescence. Dr. Bob is Heather McPherson’s vessel for mischief, creating conflicts out of thin air and keeping McPherson’s readership on their toes.
When most kids are eventually allowed the freedom to go outside without adult supervision, they often use it to go to their friends’ houses or group together for a baseball game. Heather McPherson was not one of those children. Once her parents stopped micro-managing her every hour, Heather used her free time to volunteer at soup kitchens. She found the homeless population to be friendly, and even impressed with her lack of selfishness at such a young age.
On her way home from the soup kitchen one day, Heather was approached by a stray Labrador puppy. The poor thing clearly had not been fed or bathed in a long time, so she took it home and secretly adopted it without the permission of her parents who she knew did not want animals in the house. She kept it in her room for weeks, and named it Barry, after her favorite football player. She fed Barry her table scraps and walked him whenever her parents stepped out of the house.
This went on until Barry developed a bark, which revealed the unknown tenant to Heather’s parents. They made her give Barry to an adoption center, a heartbreaking task for a little girl. She visited Barry every day until he was adopted; when that happened, Heather McPherson decided she would continue her volunteerism at the shelter, befriending animals throughout their tough transition.
Heather McPherson was unsure what she wanted to do after her college tenure. A successful University of Michigan scholar and athlete, she has initially made the decision to pursue a teaching career, though she had also always had a desire to see her name in print. Writing had always been, more or less, a hobby for Heather McPherson, a way to pass the time through personal creative expression.
Now known for the Dr. Bob archetype, Heather McPherson had always had an idea for a full-length novel, something involving a hapless, yet absurd protagonist who always seemed to find himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. She had already written several short stories surrounding the character, yet she never believed the story had any potential for commercial or literary success. Equipped with a college degree, Heather McPherson began considering enrollment in a local teaching college, one that would give her the education needed to demonstrate her aptitude for the English language in an environment conducive to learning.
It was during a small poetry reading that Heather McPherson first introduced the Dr. Bob character to other people. The other members of the group were so mesmerized by the wit, angst and listlessness of Dr. Bob that they encouraged her to submit the story to a local publication. What started out as a single page article on page 67 quickly became a full-fledged magazine series, one that began to attract the attention of publishers on the Chicago area. Heather McPherson received such a positive response from the Midwestern literary community that she soon became immersed in a high dollar book deal.
Recent literary successes have made Heather McPherson a sought-after commodity on the public speaking circuit, and have elevated both her fame and her success to near breakout levels.
Now an experienced and talented public speaker, Heather McPherson tours college campuses around the country, espousing the challenges of being a successful fiction author in a competitive literary climate. As the person responsible for the lovable and laughable Dr. Bob, as well as his many cohorts and misadventures, Heather McPherson is quickly becoming a household name, particularly in her home state of Michigan. She speaks to young people, which includes many aspiring young writers, on her particular creative process, which often involves the creation of enormous outlines and character development blurbs she uses to build her novels.
Heather McPherson has developed into a talented public speaker, and is sought-after not only for the educational nature of her lectures and speeches, but also her ability to be persuasive, and to compel her audiences to action. Her books’ successes, particularly in the Midwest, have thrust her into the spotlight, and have made her a relatively famous name in the Michigan literary market.
Heather McPherson works to improve people’s understanding of not only her own creative process, but also the steps other successful authors have taken to both create, build and develop a powerful series of high-quality literature. She enjoys reaching out to people who may be struggling to find their literary voice, and providing useful tips and insight into what has become an enormously competitive marketplace.
Heather McPherson is passionate about her support of the Detroit Tigers, the team she grew up watching and one she will forever support, win or lose.
Heather McPherson is a former Detroit Tigers season ticket holder, and has enjoyed hundreds of games at what is now one of the most advanced and beautiful stadiums in professional sports. Now living in Ann Arbor, she still finds the time to make it to nearly 10-20 games every season, and has even enjoyed the opportunity to witness the Tigers’ success in the playoffs.
Heather McPherson looks back fondly at the Tigers’ games she went to as a child. She remembers the many happy times she spent with her father and her four siblings at Tigers stadium, enjoying the afternoon sun as her father showed her and her brothers how to keep score, as well as the difficulty of playing each particular position on the field. Heather McPherson now treats her two young children to games, sharing the same positive experience she enjoyed with her father so many years ago.
Heather McPherson is also an adamant and passionate fan of the Detroit Lions, who have become a competitive force in professional football over the last decade. Though her heart isn’t as committed to Lions’ football as it is to Tigers’ baseball, she makes a strong effort to see at least one Lions game every year, and has become a big fan of talented Lions’ Quarterback Matthew Stafford. She even enjoyed sitting in midfield seats during a game last season.
Heather McPherson has enjoyed the chance to travel throughout the United States and the world. She has enjoyed the opportunity to interface with a variety of people from all four corners of the globe, and to interact with many unique and exotic cultures that make up the fabric of humankind.
Though she is an avid traveler, and never misses out on an opportunity to see or try something new, Heather McPherson still regards Detroit as her favorite place on Earth. A Native of the Detroit area, she grew up exploring the shores of Lake Michigan, going to Lions and Tigers games, and immersing herself in the resilient and determined Detroit population. Heather McPherson understands that while Detroit may have experienced some tough times in recent years, it is still the place she was born and raised, a city capable of warmth and imagination, one with the spirit necessary to someday experience a major revival. As a one of the most notable names to come out of Detroit in recent years, Heather McPherson continues to proudly claim the city as her home.
In recent years, Heather McPherson has spent a good deal of her time on the lecture circuit, as well as at book signings throughout the United States. A successful author and family-oriented individual, she now resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan, yet the urge to return to what was once the City of the Future is strong, which she believes will one day pull her back to the city of her birth.