M K Scott

Biography

M. K. Scott is the husband and wife writing team behind the cozy mystery series. Morgan K Wyatt is the general wordsmith, while her husband, Scott, is the grammar hammer and physics specialist. He uses his engineering skills to explain how fast a body falls when pushed over a cliff and various other felonious activities. The Internet and experts in the field provide forensic information, while the recipes and B and B details require a more hands on approach. The couple’s dog, Chance, is the inspiration behind Jasper, Donna’s dog. Murder Mansion is the first book in The Painted Lady Inn Mysteries. Overall, it is a fun series to create and read.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
My writing location is ever changing with COVID19. My actual desk is a small picnic table left behind in a house I rented about twenty years ago. Curently, since my husband is using the office for work, I often work in the living room, kitchen or the screen porch. Thank goodness for the laptop mobility. On the porch, I enjoy listening to the various bird songs.

As for my co-author and hubby, he is chained to the office because he has a desk top.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in rural Midwest. Sometimes, I will set a scene in Indiana because I'm tired of people misrepresenting my state. There is the perk of being familiar with it, too.
A great example of misrepresentation was on Star Trek:Voyager where Captain Janeway was remembering her home of Bloomington, IN as the plains of the Midwest. Sigh. I guess the writers confused Kansas and Indiana.

I also try to incorporate plants and wildlife that is part of the Midwest into the story, too, along with regional recipes.
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Books

Sailor Take Warning
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 52,170. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
A race yacht has capsized. A millionaire has gone missing. If that and the involvement of a would-be psychic aren’t reason enough to worry, adding Donna’s meddling mother to the mix will jeopardize Legacy’s reputation even further. Can Donna rein in the chaos before it's too late?
Late for Square Dancing
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 47,690. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
A missing woman. A surprising suspect. A curious conundrum. The senior sleuths have a knack for sniffing out trouble, but when a missing woman cold case falls in their laps, all hands must be on deck to solve it. Can they juggle crime solving along with planing a barn dance for center residents?
Late for Shuffleboard
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 53,230. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
The senior sleuths are hot on the trail of a veteran’s murderer and a missing dog. Only a few short days before the victim’s home is razed and all the potential evidence is wiped clean. With new complications at every turn, the Senior Sleuths feel the heat to solve the crime before all the truth is buried.
Cakewalk to Murder
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 63,860. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Bake-off fever is in full-swing and Donna can’t help but have visions of becoming the next great baking star, but the competition is stiff, and someone is willing to kill to win. When one of the contestants is found dead, a twist of fate puts Donna at the center of the competition. That’s the perfect position to unravel the mystery, but only if she doesn’t get caught in the cross hairs.
Late for Bingo
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 54,530. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
The Way over the Hill Gang is back at it again! This time their mission is to find justice for a slain single mother, but this cold case proves to be more complicated than they initially believe. With little to go on, no resources, and a limited amount of time to search for answers, can they crack this long-forgotten case and bring the murderer to justice?
Death of a Honeymoon
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 47,690. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Death of a Honeymoon features the crime solving duo from The Painted Lady Inn Mysteries cozy mystery series. Donna and Mark's long awaited honeymoon is riddled with minor and major catastrophes including car problems and stumbling accross a dead body. Their intention is not to help the overworked sheriff, but it's hard for Donna to resist a mystery.
Late for Dinner
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 60,360. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Marcy's well-meaning former partner unknowingly inspires her to search for clues in a long-forgotten cold case. Before he knows what’s happening, Marcy assembles a team of sharp-eyed, witty, and often cantankerous senior sleuths to bring a criminal to justice and help her regain some of what she thought she’d lost for good.
The Skeleton Wore Diamonds
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 64,290. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Legacy unexpectedly scores the regional Gen Conference, but their good fortune is short-lived when one of Donna’s guests dies mere hours after arriving at the inn. And that’s only the beginning of what will turn into a full-fledged disaster. It will take more than a ten-sided die to locate the killer.
Weddings Can Be Murder
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 70,680. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
The small town of Legacy is finally ready to celebrate the impending marriage of Detective Taber and bed and breakfast owner, Donna Tollhouse. Before the two can say I do they have to solve the mystery of the murdered wedding planner and round up escaped nursing home residents, who decided to partake in one last adventure. Join the entire gang from The Painted Lady Inn series in this tale.
Caribbean Catastrophe: A Cozy Mystery with Recipes
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 57,020. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(5.00 from 1 review)
After some gentle nudging from her best friend Janice, Donna sets sail on the high seas with visions of sipping exotic drinks and relaxing under the sun. Less than forty-eight hours later, a guest inexplicably plummets to his death, and you-know-who has a case on her hands. So much for fun and sun. Now she must don her sleuth hat and get to work. Sixth book in the cozy mystery series.
Death Pledges a Sorority: A Cozy Mystery with Recipes
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 62,300. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
#Cozymystery Can a girls’ weekend at The Painted Lady Inn with backstabbing sorority sisters ever end well? Add in a murder mystery game complete with costumes, a demanding diva, and a mysterious midnight visitor.
The Painted Lady Inn Mysteries: Christmas Calamity
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 61,780. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Cozy culinary mystery. A drive-by murder signals the end of a relaxed Christmas. Donna refuses to accept that organized crime is moving into town, but to do so, she must find the murderer. In the meantime, she needs to host a Victorian tea, pin down a certain detective’s romantic intentions, keep a boozy Santa sober, deal with a cursed clown doll, and hide a hunky underwear model.
The Painted Lady Inn Mysteries: Killer Review
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 55,410. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Join the characters from The Painted Lady Inn for a hilarious cozy mystery. Recipes are included. A difficult guest has Donna call in the cavalry in the form of her mother. Now, that mom’s foot is in the door, she won’t leave and is determined to help Donna with the inn and her love life. The first thing they need to do is find the missing critic, right after their double date.
The Painted Lady Inn Mysteries:Drop Dead Handsome
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 59,370. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Cozy mystery with recipes. A murder brings back together the B and B owner Donna Tollhouse and the veteran detective Mark Taber. A high school reunion resurrects all the high school memories that Donna buried. The worst ones booked at the inn including dog nappers, an escapee, a would be Santa Claus, and a counterfeiter. Just another day in the sleepy town of Legacy.
The Painted Lady Inn Mysteries: Murder Mansion
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 78,310. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Murder Mansion is a cozy mystery set in a Victorian B and B. It blends humor and danger.