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On October 31...




Is Dying for a Living the first in a series?
Yes. There are seven books total. Dying for a Living, Dying by the Hour,
Dying for Her: A Companion Novel, Dying Light, Worth Dying For. 
Dying Breath and Dying Day (in order). 
To learn more, visit the Books tab
located in the menu bar.

Is the Dying for a Living series over or will you write more Jesse books?  
Jesse's/Ally's story is finished with Dying Day, book 7. I've considered writing an
8th book, retelling it all from Caldwell's POV. The is also the possibility of 
a short story collection outlining the 66 death replacements Jesse performed before
Dying for a Living opens. 


No, really. Are you sure it's over? 

There is always the possibility that I could write a spinoff from Maisie's or
Gloria's point of view. Otherwise, yes. For real. It's "over."


If you had to describe the premise for Dying for a Living in five words or less how would you describe it?
Girl dies again. And again.

Where do you live?
In Michigan, USA.

What do you do for a living?

As of October 2018, I am a full-time author.

How many books have you published?
13 and counting...


Are your short stories “Dive” and“Blind” going to be turned into novels?
Blind, no—well, maybe—no, probably not. Dive
, yes. In fact, it's already happened.
Shadows in the Water is the first installment in a supernatural crime thriller series,
inspired by my short story, Dive


How long have you been writing?
I’ve always been writing poems or short stories for as long as I can remember, but I attempted to write my first novel in 2005. Two more terrible “novels” and twice as many incomplete manuscripts later, I sat down and wrote the first page of what would become Dying for a Living. It was August 25, 2008.


Do you have any other work published outside of the Dying for a Living or Shadows in the Water series?

Yes, I also have my Welcome to Castle Cove series and a forthcoming 2603 series, due to be released at the end of 2019. If you're into poetry, I've also published 30+ poems in literary magazines such as North American Review, Bateau and elsewhere.


For short fiction, I co-edited/compiled an anthology with author Angela Roquet called Badass & the Beast:

10 "Tails" about Kickass Heroines and the Beasts Who Love Them. As you can
probably guess, it focuses 
on the relationship between heroines and their furry sidekicks.

It features a story about Jesse Sullivan and how she came to meet her pug, Winston.

It's a charity anthology and all the profits will be donated to the Animal Welfare Institute

(an A+ Charity according to Charity Watch).

I am an independent bookstore who wants to carry your book(s), but I do not want to order from Amazon. Is there a solution for me?

No problem! Ingram Spark now distributes my paperbacks to all independent retailers. And I offer a discount to all wholesale buyers. Please contact me if you have trouble locating the ISBN.

I am a bookstore owner/event planner and would love to host you. 
Great! I love to support bookshops. Please email me at kory@korymshrum.com with your ideas.


I am a writer too. Is it possible that you can read my manuscript and critique it for me?
Unfortunately, no. I’m already committed to a handful of other writers both inside my writer’s group (The Four Horsemen of the Bookocalypse) and a few writer friends.  If you don't yet have a writer's group of your own, I suggest you form one with either writers in your city, or online. These types of support groups really can't be beat.

If you're looking for paid help (all very affordable), I highly recommend the following souls:

Sharon Stogner
Joe Thomas

Colleen McGuire

Michelle Pike


Wait, did you just say you are one of The Four Horsemen of the…Bookocalypse?
You can call me Conquest. Careful: Death, Justice and War are lurking around here too...


I’ve also published a book. Can I give you a free copy in exchange for an honest review?
At the moment I am not longer accepting review requests. I have time constraints that are already eating into my writing time. But I wrote a blog post about how to get (good) reviews here


Where can I buy your work?
My work is available for purchase in ebook, paperback, and audiobook formats through all major retailers. They're also available in the UK, Canada, Australia, and many other countries. If you have a particular book in mind, please visit its individual information page located under the Books tab.


Can I get a signed copy of your book?

Yes, for $12* (includes shipping), I can send you signed copies of whichever book(s) you like. We will set this up through Paypal after you contact me with your request and shipping address. If it's a large book order or an international destination, shipping may cost more.


Can I interview you on my blog/website/podcast/foil-hats & aliens show?
It would be my pleasure. Pitch me here.


Can I e-mail you tell you my thoughts about your book(s), blog, or just to chat books?
I love to hear from fans! You guys are the best thing since hot fudge sundaes with whip cream and sprinkles. You can stop by social media, join my Facebook group, or email me.


I hope to hear from you soon.