Interview with Kory M. Shrum

When did you first start writing?
Young, apparently. Even younger than I originally thought. My cousin recently produced a poem from only-God-knows-where and shared it on Facebook. I must've been 9 or so when I wrote it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wanted to reveal more about the villain and his past in the third installment, so I had to figure out who was best equipped to narrate and reveal that tale--apart from the villain himself, of course. It turned out that Brinkley, a veteran detective, was the best candidate so I let him take center stage this time around. Voila! Book 3, Dying for Her, was born.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had an agent for four years and that was fun. I learned a lot and gained valuable knowledge about the publishing industry. Also, I worked as an editor for a small press for a few years and got to understand the publication process intimately. I realized after a while I could probably produce a respectable book myself and retain most of the creative control rather than handing it off to a big publishing house. And that's exactly what I did.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It's allowed me to expand distribution and offer my books in other markets that were inaccessible before. It's also helped me to take more control of my marketing strategies.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing the finished product in my hand.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are fabulous. Every ounce of enthusiasm they have for my work fuels the next project. They make the work fun.
What are you working on next?
I'm finishing up an anthology (May 2015) with Angela Roquet now. Then I will publish a long awaited YA novel about a witch (July 2015). After that, it will be the fourth book in the Jesse Sullivan series (October 2015).
Who are your favorite authors?
Anne Rice, Ruth Ozeki, Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Neil Gaiman, and Kristen Cashore...to name a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I usually have to pee.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember A Wrinkle in Time as a story we read in 7th or 8th grade. And I remember it totally blew me away.
Published 2015-03-30.
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Books by This Author

Dying for a Living Boxset - Vol 2
Price: $11.99 USD. Words: 315,200. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Save over 30% with this four-book bundle - the perfect followup to the Dying for a Living Boxset Volume 1. This boxset includes Dying Light, Worth Dying For, Dying Breath and Dying Day (Books 4-7) in the series. If you like fantasy superstars like Darynda Jones, Chloe Neill and Charlaine Harris, you'll enjoy this series too. Purchase your copy of the boxset today and find out how the series ends!
Dying Day
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,290. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Jesse Sullivan has defeated her father and saved the world from his malevolence. But as the beloved face of The Unified Church, his death has made him a martyr and she is once again public enemy number one. Yet it isn’t the countless government agencies and assassins hunting her that she should fear. It is the entity powerful enough to reclaim what she has stolen and make our world its own.
Dying Breath
Series: Dying for a Living. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,200. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Maisie Caldwell won't live to see her seventeenth birthday. Her mother and sister are locked in a war over the world, and Maisie is stuck between them. She must decide if she will join her sister's cause, or defend her mother. Jesse wants to find her father's body and finish him before he can resurrect and use his ungodly power to destroy them all. If she succeeds she will save countless lives.
Worth Dying For
Series: Dying for a Living. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,010. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
With enough power coursing through your veins, it's hard to remember whose side you're on. Jesse Sullivan's father commands a dark and terrible army. So Jesse and her friends must hide deep undercover for fear of arrest or murder. Their every move brings risk of discovery as they plot to usurp her father's genocidal reign.
Dying Light
Series: Dying for a Living. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,830. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
What doesn't kill you always tries again. Jesse Sullivan is a survivor. She is hunted for her unnatural abilities and if she is caught, she'll be killed. But murder, even in self-defense, isn't without its price. As Jesse is pulled deeper into a dangerous game of survival and power, she stands to lose sight of all that really matters and even her closest allies begin to look like the enemy...
Dying for a Living Boxset
Series: Dying for a Living Boxset. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 244,920. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Kory M. Shrum offers the first three novels in her Dying for a Living series in one special collection. This set includes award-winning novel Dying for a Living, Amazon bestseller Dying by the Hour, and their companion novel, Dying for Her. Called "addictive" by New York Times bestseller Darynda Jones, these novels serve as an excellent introduction to death surrogate Jesse and her lovable crew.
Dying for Her: A Companion Novel
Series: Dying for a Living. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,140. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
He only has one shot to make it right. James T. Brinkley was honorably discharged from the military after a fatal mistake changed his life—and took another. At the center of his quest for redemption lies Jesse Sullivan, a young woman whose past, present, and future all depend on the choices he makes today. One wrong move and he'll deliver her into the hands of the sadistic killer who hunts her.
Dying for a Living
Series: Dying for a Living, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 86,790. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
And you thought dying once would be hard... When death surrogate Jesse Sullivan is murdered and becomes the sole suspect in a federal investigation, more than her freedom and sanity are at stake. She must catch the killer herself--or die trying. Dying for a Living is the first book in Kory M. Shrum's gripping urban fantasy series, called "addictive" by New York Times bestseller, Darynda Jones.
Dying by the Hour
Series: Dying for a Living, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,770. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Fame, fortune, a pulse—you can’t have everything. Jesse Sullivan and Ally Gallagher are famous thanks to their recent kidnapping and brush with death. They have scars, but they’re breathing, and that’s more than the other victims can say. But when another death replacement agent goes missing, just like they did one year before, they realize may be the only ones who can save her.