A quick Q+A with Kory M Shrum, author of Dying for a Living, and Dying by the Hour
I came across Kory’s work whilst browsing popular books that blend the thriller genre with the supernatural – something still considered a little different, and similar to my brutal detective novel Dante’s Fool. Here’s a very brief introduction to Kory and her work. Enjoy!
DJR: What led you to write first book?
KMS: A compulsion? ;) Actually, reading many good books is probably what led me to writing them. I love stories and I’m just narcissistic enough (as are most writers!) to think I can tell a story too.
DJR: You’ve built up a significant online following. How did you achieve that?
KMS: I follow back? Many people on Twitter add a whole bunch of people and then they delete/dump them as soon as they follow back. I don’t understand that. Social media is about connection. If I just want to lecture one-way at the masses, I’d teach–oh wait, I do ;)
DJR: writing two supernatural thrillers, your subject matter ties into something that all of us will experience at some point in our lives. What is your experience of death and has this influenced your books?
KMS: Yes and no. I would say that my experience with ostracization and the American consumerism culture has influenced my work more than death itself. And my fascination with all the ways someone can die (which is explored in Jesse’s many replacements), stems from sheer curiosity. I can’t help but wonder how I will go! And of course mingled with the curiosity is a healthy fear of the actual event ;)
DJR: Was the second book always planned or did it come as a result of the success of the first one?
KMS: It was planned, as well as the next 6-8. Jesse’s story is a large and complicated one. I definitely knew I wouldn’t be able to finish it in one book.
DJR: Tell us about Dying by the Hour.
KMS: Dying by the Hour is the sequel to Dying for a Living. It picks up about a year after the last book ended. It’s definitely darker than the first book, but still humorous. People seem to like it. Here is the synopsis:
After 83 deaths, Jesse Sullivan knows how to die. As a Necronite, she is one of the population’s rare 2% who can serve as a death replacement agent, dying so others don’t have to. But using her NRD to save lives is why she’s being hunted.
For Ally Gallagher, death is permanent. If she fails to protect Jesse again, there will be no third attempt. After a quiet year the signs of serious danger have returned. People connected to Jesse are disappearing. Her home is vandalized and threatening messages are turning up in the safest of places.
Then Jesse is taken and Ally has only hours to get her back. But no salvation comes without its price.
DJR: Anything else you’ve got coming up you want to share?
KMS: I’m working on Jesse books 3 and 4 and also an anthology with fellow writer and critique partner Angela Roquet. It’s called “Badass & The Beast: 10 Kickass “Tails” about Heroines and the Beasts Who Love them.” I’ll be including one of my own short pieces. But I’m excited about all three projects! :)
About the Author
Kory M. Shrum lives in Michigan with her partner and a ferocious guard pug. She has dabbled in everything from fortune telling to martial arts and when not reading or writing, she can be found teaching, traveling, and wearing a gi. Her poetry has appeared in North American Review, Bateau and elsewhere. She’s also published two urban fantasy novels, Dying for a Living, and its sequel, Dying by the Hour.
Purchase links for work by Kory M. Shrum
Dying for a Living (B&N): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dying-for-a-living-kory-m-shrum/1119024432?ean=2940046141573
Dying for a Living (Audible/audiobook): http://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/Dying-for-a-Living-Audiobook/B00NLMNFLK/ref=a_search_c4_1_9_srTtl?qid=1410901482&sr=1-9
Dying by the Hour (B&N): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dying-by-the-hour-kory-m-shrum/1120203669?ean=2940046149432