Kory M. Shrum


Kory M. Shrum is author of the bestselling Shadows in the Water and Dying for a Living series, as well as several other novels. She has loved books and words all her life. She reads almost every genre you can think of, but when she writes, she writes science fiction, fantasy, and thrillers, or often something that’s all of the above.
In 2020, she launched a true crime podcast “Who Killed My Mother?”, sharing the true story of her mother’s tragic death. You can listen for free on YouTube or your favorite podcast app. She also publishes poetry under the name K.B. Marie.
When not writing, eating, reading, or indulging in her true calling as a stay-at-home dog mom, she can usually be found under thick blankets with snacks. The kettle is almost always on.
She lives in Michigan with her equally bookish wife, Kim, and their rescue pug, Charley.

Learn more at www.korymshrum.com where you can sign up for her newsletter and receive free, exclusive ebooks.

Smashwords Interview

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.
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Where to find Kory M. Shrum online

Website: http://www.korymshrum.com
Twitter: @koryshrum
Facebook: Facebook profile
Wattpad: @koryshrum


Dying for a Living Boxset
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Dying for a Living Boxset - Vol 2
Series: Dying for a Living Boxset. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 317,080. 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
Series: Dying for a Living. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,510. 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: 73,430. 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: 83,370. 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: 80,010. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Caldwell is a sadistic murderer with plans to enslave the world. Given his ability to control minds and teleport at will, it seems his dark vision is coming to fruition. All that stands in his way is his daughter Jesse and her own extraordinary gifts. Somehow she must forget the man she remembers and see the monster he truly is. She almost can--until he offers her the one thing she can't refuse.
Dying for a Living Boxset
Series: Dying for a Living Boxset. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 246,540. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
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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: 77,310. 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: 87,010. 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: 93,980. 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.