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Dying for a Living & a Resurrection.. extra rum please – @KoryShrum {Interview}


OMG I am way behind today, I think I got lost in dreams of zombies who are nice, best friends who always go on road trips even when they think you are insane, crashing the occasional funeral… and DYING for a LIVING!! Welcome Kory M. Shrum back from the dead.. eeeeerrrr I mean BACK on the blog!! Book Nerd Tours is going to flog me for being late!! Oh wait, SPANKINGS… oops wrong genre… and now… I give you……




Oops wrong photo.  But you can see another reason I like this author! SHE COOKS, she is vegan oh … and she doesn’t mock my need for BACON! I love this woman! SO, get ready to TWEET THE BOOK, please share the tweet before carrying on, or I will send rabid zombies to your house










CG -Tweet the book: You are challenged to tweet a synopsis of the book to include your tweet handle, GO! 

67 deaths, jail time, murder & not a single TY. Why wouldn’t Jesse hate her job? #BYRN w/ #thebest kind of #zombies

CG – Introduce yourself to the captive audience that you now have before you. (As in tell us something NOT in your bio, give us a dirty little secret not having or having to do with your writing )

I got into martial arts to train/restrain with my violent nature. I got into writing to curb my need for *ahem* embellishment. I guess you could say I’m always looking for ways to use my powers for good, though perhaps, I don’t come by good naturally.

CG – Is there a genre, other than the Urban Fantasy you wish you could break into, or at least dip your toes in and have a bit of fun?

Though most of it hasn’t been released yet, I’ve already dabbled quite a bit in sci-fi, horror, and poetry. I also like historical fiction. My interests are so varied that I doubt I’ll be strictly an “urban fantasy writer”.

Let’s take this a bit further, how about a quick flash fiction involving Jesse… write a scene with her under the Eifel Tower at a Bistro, but it cannot be Urban Fantasy…dare you… GO! (a quick one, like under 500 words though if it goes over… no worries)

Ally put the wrapped croissant in my hand. It felt warm even through the wax paper.

“Is it working?” she asked. She rolled her eyes up to the Eifel Tower above our heads before pulling her red A-line coat tighter to her body, shielding herself from the breeze rolling off the Seine.

“If you mean, am I relaxing, no,” I replied. I shoved half the croissant into my mouth, watching little flakes fall away. “I think I need more than some buttery bread and Oh la las to detox from my shitty life.”

“The whole purpose of this trip was to help you unwind. If you can’t let yourself relax or course it won’t work.”

“It’s hard to just forget that a bunch of people are trying to kill me and you know, that part where my head dangled from my neck by a tiny bit of flesh.”

She grimaced and pulled her croissant away from her face. “The whole jail thing,” she said.

“Don’t be so dramatic.” “Partial decapitation lends to the dramatic. Come on. You almost died! You did die.”

She pushed her hair behind her ears and spoke directly to her croissant.

“All I’m saying is that we are here now, in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, so we might as well enjoy it. So just—shut up and eat your pastry.”

I did as I was told, starting on the second croissant as soon as I finished the first. I looked up at the tower then out over the rippling gray water. I stared at a passing Batobus with its glass ceiling carrying tourists downstream toward the Musee d’Orsay, the resurrected museum that had been a train station in another life. Someone was playing an accordion, but I could barely hear it in the wind.

This was nice. And it was more than sweet that Ally had brought me here, spent her own money just to try to get me away from all the shit happening back home. But this place looked like a dream. Felt like a dream.

And the problem with dreams is that you always wake up. And I knew exactly what kind of hell I would be waking up to.

CG – If you could cast Dying for a Living, who would you choose to play your main characters? Why and what would you have them say? (I do a really pretty collection of awesome photos, you can provide them or I can).

Jesse Sullivan—Necronite and FBRD death replacement agent—Emma StoneEmma

“I saved his life,” I said. “If that even counts.”
“That’s only part of the job.”
“The hard part,” I mumbled. “The part I don’t even get thanked for.”

Alice Gallagher—best friend & personal assistant—Jennifer LawrenceAlice

“Caldwell is scared for a reason. Why else would he go through all this trouble with you?”

Lane Handel—the sometimes beau—Liam HemsworthLane

“Do you want to be with me?”
“Yes and no,” I said and threw up my hands. “It’s hard to explain.”

Gabriel—Ian SomerhalderIan

“You led us here to die,” I said to Gabriel. “You knew I couldn’t save them all.”
“Choose who you will take with you.”

But I couldn’t choose, not between Ally and Lane, if it meant the other had to die. And I couldn’t give up
on Brinkley, now that I knew how much he’d sacrificed.

Kirk T. Randall—Mortician—Morgan FreemanKirk

I needed Kirk. Unlike any doctor, he was used to working with stiffs, so I could trust him to fix me up at any stage of decomposition, no matter the damage my body took in a replacement.
“Did you see anything strange?” I asked.
He paused, the brush hovering over my bottom lip. “Your heart beating in my hands is strange.”
“No, I mean anything unusual,” I said. “Anything you don’t usually see? Like brain-eating slugs or
something? Got to watch out for those.”

Gloria Jackson—AMP/Remote Viewer & Jesse’s friend—Viola DavisGloria

“I’ve long since believed that my visions weren’t supernatural. I’m just sensitive to the world around me. I sense the natural order and can predict how it will play out based on the present course. Humans are habitual. Every single one of us is traveling on a trajectory created by our own habits whether we realize it or not.”

James Brinkley— FBRD handler—Mark RuffaloJames

“Jesse, stop,” Brinkley said. “None of that is true. I didn’t know you existed until I got the call from one terrified mortician claiming that he thought he had one of those people on his table.”

Cindy—Fellow Necronite &FBRD agent—Amanda SeyfriendAmanda

“Have you talked to the cops yet?” I asked.
“Why, are they cute?”

Kyra—friend and accomplice—Emmy RossumEmmy

“Oh come on, you’re totally in love,” Kyra said smacking the steering wheel. “Which one do you want? Is it Lane? I vote for Lane.”
“I’m not in love. Lane and I are just—”
“—just sleeping together?” she grinned. “Is he amazing?”

tom cruise

Peter Caldwell—Head of the Unified Church—Tom Cruise

“Don’t believe everything you hear,” I answered.

“Just some of it?”

Winston—Jesse’s pug—played by my pug

Korys Pug

CG – Do you have any vices that you turn to while you are writing (as in what candy / snack food / drink / Bottle of wine or whiskey (we call that Hemingway’ing it) or 80’s hair band you break out in song too when you just cannot figure out the next line to write and that bitch of a muse is off on her own hunt)?

I rely a great deal on my Pandora One subscription and caffeine. It varies between lattes (yes, I have an espresso machine) and organic teas (yes, I’m that a**&^% who is always asking Is this organic? Is there any soy in this? Blah blah). I also like to munch on stuff when I write, but these snacks vary. Chocolate is usually involved.

CG – What do you do when you’re not writing? ie: What festive things do you do for fun? What things do you do when you make yourself have fun, and what is on the top of your list to do when you actually take two days for you (and family)

I’m into baking and throwing people around (I study aikido and I have a black belt in Uechi Ryu). I have a French tutor and I bathe naked in rivers. I have an elk and maple drum that I use for shamanic drumming. I love TV shows like Supernatural, Lost Girl, Haven, Bones, etc., movies and big tubs of popcorn. And I’m just as likely to quote Scientific American as I am to read your palm and tarot. I also care a quite a bit about environmentalism and LGBT activism—and I donate what I can when I can to these causes—someday I hope to learn how to pursue all of my many passions simultaneously.

CG – During the zombie apocalypse, what fictional character would you want watching your back? (I cannot help myself)

Darryl Dixon because I’m all about specialization. Darryl is specifically awesome at killing zombies. And if that is what I was facing, he’d be the one I’d want.

CG – If your book was a meal what would it be?

When you have a metabolism like Jesse, you don’t eat square meals so much as whatever the *&^% you want. And there are a lot of layers to my book, much like this cookie.

Do you feel ‘sandwiched’ between life and death? Between a super hot suite-mate and a gorgeous personal assistant? Or maybe you just wish life was a little sweeter? Well I have the cookie for you!

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles with Maple Buttercream



1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or Earth Balance vegan butter substitute
3/4 cup cane sugar
1 egg or vegan Ener-G egg (or other egg substitute)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour (could substitute all-purpose GF flour)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cinnamon Coating

1/2 cup cane sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Maple Buttercream

1 stick butter (or Earth Balance for the vegans) softened
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all your dry ingredients.
  3. In a smaller mixing bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients and mix until smooth.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and mix well (I used my hands to fully mix it towards the end).
  5. Using a cookie scoop, or spoon, scoop rounded spoonfuls into your hands and roll into smooth balls. Then roll each ball in the cinnamon sugar coating, place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet, and gently press down on the tops to slightly flatten each cookie.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool.
  7. Then whip the maple buttercream ingredients together in a small mixing bowl, and sandwich the cream between the cookies to create sweet little bites of maple and pumpkin goodness.
  8. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

For more vegan-friendly delicious from the creator of these decadent delights, visit Made to Create

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CG – Create a drink (with or without booze) representing your book in name and ingredients


The Resurrector


What to do about your incurable neurological order and constant all-nighters at your shitty job? A stiff (hehe) drink of course!


1-part zombie NRD (rum) 1-part ‘stay awake on the job’ (espresso) 1-part of snarky but sweet (Bailey’s)



Shake and serve on ice (like a dead body).


CG – FAST and FURIOUS – Don’t pause just answer what comes first to mind


IT with Tim Curry

Killer Clown

• Beer, Wine, Shot Glass and bottle or perhaps a shot of adrenaline? Shot glass • Politically Correct or Say it like it is? Depends on my mood



• Killer clown or Clown killer?


• Spirits, Demons or Killer Clowns ?(so I am a little obsessed) Demons


• Deal with the Devil or your own Guardian Angel? My devil is my guardian. Have you met Gabriel? 😉


• Duct tape or Zip Ties? Duct tape—that sound is just so satisfying

Evil Dead • Chainsaw arm or shotgun leg (gotta throw a zombie apocalypse related question in here! 🙂 )? Chainsaw arm. A shotgun leg has got to be hell on the hip

• Remote Viewing or wait for it on Cable? Remote-viewing and I know just the woman for that (*see Gloria Jackson* (see dreamcast)


• Zombie Apocalypse or mysterious pandemic? (again obsessed) pandemic—Zombies scare the fucking shit out of me–


• Warp speed or Worm holes or a Tardis? Tardis, baby.





• House of Mirrors or House of Horrors? A house of mirrors is a horror.



Erik the Viking TRUBLOOD • Learn battle techniques from a viking or a ninja? A Viking. I might have a black belt, but beserker brawler is more my style. Besides, who wouldn’t want to spend a little one on one time with a certain viking…?



CG – Anything you would like to add… appearances, upcoming releases, where I can find someone to adjust the algorithms for my time machine?


If you want to get to know Jesse yourself, you can find her here


And I love to hear from fans. So feel free to connect with me on G+, Twitter, Facebook, or my website.


Also, I might know a guy who works with algorithms. Let me track him down, and I’ll get back to you.




About Kory M. Shrum

Dying for a Living & a Resurrection.. extra rum please - @KoryShrum {Interview}

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. Her urban fantasy novels Dying for a Living, and its sequel, Dying by the Hour, as well as her short story Blind are available now.

You can also check Kory out on Google+.




Dying for a Living & a Resurrection.. extra rum please – @KoryShrum {Interview}Dying for a Living
by Kory M. Shrum
Pages: 400
Published by Timberlane Press
on 2014-03-04
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Zombie
Amazon • Barnes & Noble • • Goodreads •

On the morning before her 67th death, it is business as usual for Jesse Sullivan: meet with the mortician, counsel soon-to-be-dead clients, and have coffee while reading the latest regeneration theory. Jesse dies for a living, literally. 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. Although each death is different, the result is the same: a life is saved, and Jesse resurrects days later with sore muscles, new scars, and another hole in her memory.

But when Jesse 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





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