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INTERVIEW with M.K. Scott author of Murder Mansion ~ Giveaway

14 Dec

Thank you for joining me on the blog today 🙂 Please help me welcome M.K. Scott. M.K. is actually a husband and wife writing team–Scott and Morgan 🙂 Morgan handles the promotional part of their team, so our interview will be with her. I think you’ll enjoy getting to her and more about their writing as a team as I did.

Afterward check out their 1st cozy mystery, Murder Mansion! I have already added this one to my buy list 🙂 Also, click on the link for their giveaway to enter!

Let’s get started …

 

What 5 words describe you best?

Playful, whimsical, determined, animal lover, creative

(I should have added rule breaker since I have six instead of five words.)

I’m okay with breaking the rules 😉 Tell us what your favorite breakfast consists of.

Swiss cheese and mushroom omelet with a side of hash browns. It is even better when someone else makes it. 🙂                                                                                 .

It seems like everything we eat is better when someone else makes it. lol What color is your toothbrush?

That depends on which one. The dentist always provides new ones. I usually pick pink or purple because my husband won’t.

When did you know you wanted to become an author?

Junior High

The cover for MURDER MANSION is awesome. I love it. What was your first thought when you saw it?

Dawne Dominque always does a nice job. I asked her to put Jasper into the front window. I felt it expressed the novel. 🙂

I love choosing character names. Tell us how you came up with your character’s names in Murder Mansion.

I tried to go for names that suit their ages. I can do this by looking up popular baby names by the years.

What makes your book stand out from others in the same genre?

Everyone in the story has issues. No perfect characters here. Donna speaks her mind, which isn’t good for a B and B owner. Daniel, her handsome brother, is getting older and is more concerned about women ignoring him than the dead man in the upstairs parlor. Mark is a kindhearted cop that drives animals that have been hit to the veterinarian. Herman is a gossipy octogenarian who knows all the neighborhood gossip. I could go on, but you get the idea.

Love that sneak peek. Which character in MURDER MANSION was the easiest to write and why?

Herman because I spent eight years working in the nursing home. I knew plenty of people like him.

What’s the one scene from MURDER MANSION that stands out in your mind as being your favorite to write?

When Donna wants to talk to the former stripper.

Do you have a writing ritual…as in do you have to have a certain drink or snack, light a candle, wear a lucky pair of socks, or something else to make the words flow?

Wow. I never thought of any of these. Maybe I should try one. My dog follows me around and sits beside me when I work. I tend to zone out. I don’t hear the phone or eat. 

Why should we read MURDER MANSION?

A fun read with quirky characters, witty dialogue, and a mystery woven throughout. Moments of breath-holding peril season the novel, which results in an enjoyable experience. It is an ideal gift for almost anyone. It is at best a PG-rated novel so you don’t have to worry about offending anyone.

Do you prefer to write in the morning, afternoon, evening, or whenever you can?

Morning because I’m more creative and I wake up early.

Would you like to tell us what you’re working on now?

Under the Morgan K Wyatt name.  I’m finishing Suspicious Circumstance: He Loves Me Not, which is a romantic suspense due out in late January. I’m in edits with The Love Talisman, which is a sweet romance. I’m also working on the second book in The Painted Lady Inn Mysteries, Class Reunions Can be Murder.

 

RANDOM FUN: FINISH THIS SENTENCE…

I wish I could fly w/o the airplane.

My best accomplishment of 2015 is RONE Suspense Finalist.

No way could you get me to skydive.

My car is Berry Blue Blaze. I call him Blaze for short.

Yesterday I started writing yet another book.

I’d be a millionaire if I invested in Apple and Coca Cola when I was a teenager.

Thanks for the opportunity. Truthfully, my husband and I write the books together, but I handle the promotional stuff.

Thanks for agreeing to the interview. I really enjoyed learning more about you and your writing as a team 🙂

 

 

 

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MURDER MANSION
The Painted Lady Inn Mysteries #1
M.K. Scott
Released November 9th, 2015
Sleeping Dragon Press
Donna’s dream of running a Victorian Bed and Breakfast is almost a reality. Her lack of inn keeping expertise, a shabby house in need of dire renovation and lack of money has slowed her down a bit. The murdered man in the upstairs parlor is her biggest obstacle. Less determined people might give it up, but not Donna.  No killer is going to stop her from serving apple crumb cake to high paying guests.
Her natural skill at the Clue board game, along with the grudging assistance of veteran detective, Mark Taber, an overweight Puggle, and a chatty octogenarian neighbor should help her sniff out the killer unless she’s snuffed out first.

EXCERPT

The strident alarm announced five AM vibrating with vicious vigor on the bedside table. Its annoying shriek would pierce the heaviest stupor sleep could produce. Her eyes blinked slowly focusing on the red numerals. It continued its wail until she slapped it into silence. Daniel gifted her with the clock on her last birthday, joking it could wake the dead.

The murdered man took shape in the predawn darkness. He was standing beside her bed, looking just as lifeless, but standing. His bowed head straightened, and his eyes opened, and he stretched out his open hands toward her. His lips moved. A whispery voice choked out the words, “Find my killer.”

Fear strapped her to the bed, keeping her in place better than a dozen bungee cords. The specter’s pale blue eyes held hers, imploring her, although she felt there was some imperiousness about his attitude. Definitely had to be a doctor in his previous life or some other profession where he ordered people around, and they all scurried to his bidding.

An honest to goodness ghost, a real live spirit—she paused to consider if spirits merited the adjective live or whatever—stood by her bed issuing commands. Her fingers gripped the covers, slowly pulling them up her chest, then over her head, cutting off her view of the glowing ghost. He had to be glowing. How else would she see him in the dark or the color of his eyes? Of course, it could all be the tail end of a dream brought on by a very stressful day. There might have never been a murdered man in her inn either. Her lips pursed as she considered the possibilities. What if she never had purchased the old Victorian? Of course, there’d be no Detective Taber, and she’d still be welcome at The Good Egg restaurant.

The alarm grumbled again, starting weak and growing in irritating intensity. Work remained a constant. It also demanded she lower the covers. It had taken years to rate the primo first shift rotation. Unfortunately, it started early in the morning. Technically, it started at seven, but she had to be there at six-thirty to get the shift change information along with enough time for a cup of coffee.

Her mattress depressed somewhere near her leg freezing her heart in mid-beat. A gentle snuffling sound started it again. Jasper, her dog, often took it upon himself to be the second alarm system. With closed eyes, she dropped the covers afraid if she opened them, her unwelcome visitor would still be there. Jasper’s tongue bathed her face while encasing her in a cloud of smelly dog breath. Ack, he really needed breath mints. Her eyelids flickered open, taking in the shape of her dog illuminated only by the glowing clock and the power lights from various chargers. Her hand reached blindly behind her, finding the clock and turning it off.

No ghost anywhere in the dark room, but just to be sure, she announced, “I’ll find your killer. Not for you, mind you, but for me. I don’t want that kind of thing attached to my inn.” No reason to have some dead man bossing her around. She had enough of that in real life.

 
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M.K. Scott is the pen name of husband and wife team, Scott & Morgan. This is their first cozy mystery together, although Scott has worked
with several of the Morgan K Wyatt books.  The couple has several books planned for the series. In an effort to give the series an authentic touch, Scott and Morgan participated in cooking lessons, winery tours, and stayed at several Bed and Breakfasts. Research is a hard job, but someone has to do it.
 
 
 
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Posted by on December 14, 2015 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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One response to “INTERVIEW with M.K. Scott author of Murder Mansion ~ Giveaway

  1. Lisa Filipe (@TastyBookTours)

    December 14, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Thank you so much for hosting MK Scott today!

     

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