Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Spotlight - Jason Krumbine author of The Dead Couple

Join Jason Krumbine, author of The Grym Brothers Series, Two and a Half Dead Men, The Dead Couple and Better off Dead (One Stray Word Books), as he virtually tours the blogosphere November 1 – 23 2011 on his first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!
 About the Book...

Jack and Cindy were a happily married couple. She was an elementary school teacher. He was an aspiring children’s book author. They had the perfect life together, until the day they decided to kill themselves.

Suicides, by their very nature, tend to head directly into the afterlife.

Jack and Cindy’s souls never arrived.

Grim Reapers are real. They are governed by the Council of Reapers. Reapers are responsible for the capture and containment of dead souls that refuse to or cannot move on to the afterlife.

Thane and Mort Grym are two such reapers.

You can visit his website at www.jasonkrumbine.com.

 About the Author...

Jason Krumbine is the author behind the pulse pounding, wisecracking Alex Cheradon Series, the dead soul hunting Grym Brothers Series (including Two and a Half Dead Men, The Dead Couple and Better Off Dead), and the tongue-in-cheek paranormal romance “A Graveyard Romance.”

You can visit his website at www.jasonkrumbine.com or visit him at Twitter at www.twitter.com/jasonkrumbine and Facebook at www.facebook.com/jmkwriter.

You can also email him at onestrayword@gmail.com.

In Jason's Own Words...

Dealing with Death

By Jason Krumbine

My Dad died two years ago and since then it’s been something that’s been lurking in the back of my mind. Death. Specifically, how we deal with it.

There are no real guidelines for dealing with death. I mean, everyone’s different so therefore everyone’s going to deal with it differently, right?

I spent five years as a 911 dispatcher. I had all sorts of 911 calls, from the suicidal to the infant drowning in the pool. You might say I became a bit desensitized to tragedy. Actually, even before I worked in 911 I had a certain sense of black humor that not many people appreciated. Because of this I always wondered how I would deal with the death of a loved one. Unfortunately, the death of my father gave me the opportunity to find out.

Turned out I wasn’t quite the heartless bastard I thought I was. Okay, so maybe I’m being a little hard on myself. True, when I heard my dad was dead the first thing I did was make a joke. I didn’t do this out loud, mind you, but in my mind. In fact, I came up with several jokes. But later on, after I had time to process it and I had returned to the privacy of my home, I cried. So, like I said, not quite as heartless as I thought I might be.

At the time I was writing and drawing a webcomic called “Rupert & Me.” I funneled my grief, my sadness, all of my feelings into that comic in the most literal way possible: I did a series of strips based on my father’s death and funeral.

That’s how I deal with death. I write about it.

It’s two years later and maybe the Grym Brothers books are another way I’m still dealing with my father’s death. On the surface it has the all earmarks of urban fantasy series. It stars two brothers who work as grim reapers, hunting down renegade dead souls. It’s exploring characters that are down in the mud, doing the dirty work. It carries the mystery of a father that disappeared two years ago and hasn’t been heard from since. But at the end of the day, the Grym Brothers books are really just about death and people who have to deal with it. 

**  Thank you Jason for sharing your thoughts on Death with us all...and if you EVER get your books into print copy, please keep me in mind for a review...I love your genre~!!  May all that you do bring you nothing but success~!!  **