YA Reads Author Debut – Kory M Shrum

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~ 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.

~ Author Interview ~

I have noticed that many readers are aspiring authors.  Do you have any tips or advice for them?
Don’t give up. This is a marathon with hurdles—not a 100-meter dash.


When did you start writing?
My cousin recently posted a poem on Facebook (gasp!) that I had written around age 10 or 11—but I did not consciously choose to be a writer, or spend any serious time at the writing desk, until about 2005-ish (I was 22).
What made you decide to publish your first book?
I was tired of waiting! Patience may be a virtue, but it isn’t one of my virtues.

What motivates you to write?
I’m a dreamer and I have a clear vision of the kind of life I want to live—I believe writing will get me there.


Do you ever feel frustrated with your work?
Absolutely. Some days I’d rather put a pen in my eye than put a pen to the page.


What makes you keep writing when you get frustrated?
Ice cream. Chocolate—caffeine? But really, the fear of failure.


How do you get over writer’s block?
Writing. Anything, just do it. But sometimes a really good book or idea will knock the block loose as well.
How do you handle negative reviews of your books?
With chocolate and a recovery support team (a handful of fantastic people who can be called upon at a moment’s notice to listen to me lament and then reassure me that I am, in fact, fabulous.


There’s a lot of distractions around, especially with social media, how do you block it all out and write?
With much difficulty. Guilt helps. And some good music.

What do you enjoy, outside of writing?
So many things! This is my biggest problem actually—I love travel, art, books, music, poetry, TV/movies, French/languages and science. I can pretty much be distracted by ANYTHINGsee the danger? I’m like Andy Warhol with the camera, anything could fascinate me and I’ll lose hours and hours of precious writing time.
What’s something about you that most people don’t know?
I’m not as brave and self-assured as I appear. I’m about 90% bravado, 10% slight of hand 😉
Have you ever had to rewrite portions of a book because the characters decided to be someone else than you intended?
Oh goodness, yes. “They” like to tell me all the time how unrealistic and demanding I ammostly they win.


Where do you come up with the names for your stories?
Writing Titles is so hard! It’s the hardest really! It has to say so much in the fewest words. I just try to let them come to me—and then pick the one that I like best.


Did you ever think you’d be a published author?
I had no doubt I could get published. I just doubt I can be as sensational as I’d like.


What are you working on currently?

Title   Water & Dark—It’s about a teenage witch raised by two aunts who is being haunted by her dead sister. Lots of family secrets, lots of suspense and intrigue.
Date of Release This winter (December or January).


Where did you get the idea for it? I had the really vivid idea for Chapter 1—where she is conjuring a ghost before she is chased out of the cemetery by ghouls—and when I wrote that chapter, I just couldn’t stop.


When is the cover reveal? It’ll be about a month before the release
Do you ever write characters you hate? It is necessary evil.
Who is your favorite character that you’ve written? I love Ally from Dying for a Living and Dying by the Hour. I also love Lucy “Louie/Lou” from a short story I wrote called Dive—which I’ll make into a full-length novel someday.
What was your first published book? How do you feel about it now?
Dying for a Living was my first, published March 2014. It is flawed, but I’m proud of it. It’s a good first novel.
Where did you get the idea for your books?
Most of them just come to me when I’m daydreaming (or night-dreaming), or they are inspired by other things I’ve read or seen.
Were there any scenes in it that were difficult for you to write?
There are a few scenes in Dying by the Hour that are tough because of content. But usually, if the scene is rough it is because I’m trying to force something to happen that wouldn’t necessarily happen. I’ve learned that a “difficult” scene is a red flag that I might be screwing up.

Do you have a favorite genre to write?  I’m partial to sci-fi/fantasy—but I mix a lot of other elements in (crime/mystery for example).

Is there a type of genre you refuse to write? I don’t refuse to write anything—but I think I’d be really bad at writing romance.
Do you prefer your books in print or e-book format?
Print. The eReaders just don’t smell right.

What are you currently reading?
Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong and Perdido Street Station by China Mieville. But I just finished Cinder and it was fantastic! 😀

What is your favorite book?
Currently, A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Who is your favorite author?  Margaret Atwood

Do you have any excerpts from any of your books (published and WIPs) that you’d like to share with us? Sure!

Dying for a Living—A Jesse Sullivan Novel—Book 1 and Water and Dark Chapter 1 can be found on this ancient blog post

But you can also download samples of the Jesse books for free onto your kindle or on Goodreads.

Dying by the Hour—A Jesse Sullivan Novel—Book 2

~ Purchase Links ~

Amazon US

Barnes & Noble

~ Author Links ~






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