By Sadie Hunter
For the past two years, Noblesville husband and wife Morgan and Scott Stamm have been working on their “Painted Lady Inn Mysteries” series. With four books under their belts, they’re expecting to publish a fifth this winter.
Working together under the pen name MK Scott – a mixture of their two names – in November 2015, the first book, “Murder Mansion,” was published, unveiling the main characters who appear throughout the series, which follows a bed-and-breakfast owner and the crimes that surround the business.
“Fortunately, because he’s so analytical, (Scott) will tell me, ‘That won’t work,’ ‘That can’t be done,’ or ‘Your timeline is wrong,’” Morgan said.
“Our fifth book (“Death Pledges A Sorority”) is done. She’s done writing it, but I’m only halfway through the first edit, so I need to get through the rest of it,” Scott said.
The four previous books, “Murder Mansion,” “Drop Dead Handsome,” “Killer Review” and “Christmas Calamity,” all available on Amazon, are in paperback and e-book formats and are, on average, a little more than 200 pages long. “Murder Mansion” also is available as an audio book.
Morgan began writing early in her life when she started elementary school.
“My mother taught me to read and write when I was 4, but unfortunately that set me up for boredom in school,” she said. “The thing I did in first grade was read ‘Fun with Dick and Jane,’ and I told everybody (in my class) how it ended … very popular with the teacher, but I didn’t have anything to do. So I started writing alternative endings to the books I was reading. I would think, ‘I think they need to have a train robbery, or maybe they’re being chased by bandits.’ It must have been influenced by my father taking me to John Wayne movies.”
Before partnering with Morgan six years ago, Scott said he was an avid reader but not a writer.
“She’s definitely the creative one,” Scott said. “I’m more of the engineer, more technical. You know, I might explain why a body falls at 14.7 meters per second off a cliff. I couldn’t create this if I had to. I don’t have the imagination.”
Looking ahead, the couple is unsure how many books will be in the “Painted Lady Inn Mysteries” series, but they’re already working on their next series this year.
“I’m setting the book up for the “Way Over the Hill Gang” series. (It’s) six residents of a nursing home/retirement village that escape every day and go solve crimes, but they have to be back for supper,” Morgan said. “You know, I’m getting older, and a lot of my friends are very vital women. They’re in their 60s and 70s, and they’re not slowing down, so they don’t want to be portrayed as these doddering old people. Why can’t they go solve crimes?”
THE PAINTED LADY INN SERIES
Published November 2016
“Drop Dead Handsome”
Published May 2016
Published September 2016
Published October 2016
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Morgan and Scott Stamm live in Noblesville with their dog, Chance. Scott works as a software engineer for EXL Service and has worked as a software engineer for more than three decades. Morgan works as a special education teacher at Westfield Washington Schools, where she substitutes. They often travel throughout the state promoting their books, visiting craft and hobby fairs, book fairs, library events and more. They can be followed online at morgankwyatt.com and reached at email@example.com.