Friday, August 20, 2010

Feature Friday: Author Interview (5) & Giveaway

Kimberly Derting

Kimberly lives in the Pacific Northwest, which is the ideal place to be writing anything dark or creepy. She lives with her husband and their three beautiful (and often mouthy) children who serve as an endless source of inspiration.

"I'm the author of the Young Adult novel The Body Finder (HarperCollins). The follow-up, Desires of the Dead, will be released in 2011. I live in the Pacific Northwest, which is the ideal place to be writing anything dark or creepy...a gloomy day can set the perfect mood. I live with my husband and our three beautiful (and often mouthy) children, who serve as an endless source of inspiration for my writing. I am fortunate enough to be represented by the brilliant Laura Rennert at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency."


About you: 

Jeremy: In your own words, tell us about The Body Finder.

Kim: Okay, so the following aren’t actually my words, but they’re on my book so I’m claiming them as my own!  
Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world... and the imprints that attach to their killers. 

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him. 

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer... and becoming his prey herself.

I would have said something like: It’s about a girl who can find dead bodies.

Jeremy: Growing up, at what point in your life did you realize you wanted to write and why?

Kim: In high school, I would write these elaborate notes for the attendance office about how sick I was the previous day (and of course I would sign my mom’s name). That was probably when I thought that just maybe I could be a writer. Or a really good forgery expert! 

Jeremy: What is it about writing that draws you in?

Kim: Honestly, I’ve loved writing since I was a teen, although back then I thought I wanted to be an Investigative Journalist…you know, the kind who traipses through war-torn jungles to get the scoop. Then I found out that there were bugs, snakes, and snipers in “war-torn jungles”, and suddenly fiction seemed like a much safer career choice!

Jeremy: Other than writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

Kim: I’m proud to say that in the past few years I’ve become a camper.  Proud, because I’m so not the outdoorsy type.  I never really wanted to camp until I realized that I could bring all the comforts of home with me (we bought an RV, complete with flat screen TV and microwave). I know it’s not real camping, but I don’t know what I’d do without my coffee maker!

Jeremy: Writing is about inspiration. Who are some authors that have inspired you?

Kim: Stephen King was a huge inspiration for why I wanted to be a writer.  When I was younger, I LOVED the way he would scare the heck out of me! 

About The Body Finder/Desires of the Dead:

Jeremy: Where did you get the idea for this series?

Kim: Oh boy, here we go….my husband loves it when I get this question.  My husband will jokingly (I think!) say that he is “the wind beneath my wings” or “my muse” and sometimes even my “co-author” all because he was the one who first said:  “What if there was a kid who could find dead bodies?”  Of course, what he conveniently forgets is that his idea was for a middle-grade boy adventure…and that I’m the one who actually wrote the book!
Jeremy: What is it about death that intrigues you?

Kim: I’m not sure that anything about death itself intrigues me, but I will admit that I’m drawn to all-things-creepy in books, TV, and even in real life.  I really think my Stephen King phase did a number on me! 

Jeremy: What made you choose to give Violet the "gift" of finding dead bodies?

Kim: Once I had the general idea for her ability, the rest actually came pretty easily.  It was so fun to sit down and create the rules of her gift, although I’m not sure Violet would call finding dead bodies a “gift”! 
Jeremy: Covers are a BIG deal concerning books. What are your thoughts on both The Body Finder's and Desire of the Dead's covers?

Kim: I love both of my covers! I feel extremely fortunate because I know that some authors really don’t like theirs…at all.  I can’t imagine having a cover I wasn’t in love with (*knocks on wood*).  
Jeremy: In closing, can you tell us what you are working on right now?

Kim: All I can say about that is…stay tuned for some news!  ;)

I wanted to give a big thanks to Kim for doing this interview with me! I really enjoyed doing it and it was great to get to know her a little more. You can find out more about Kimberly at or follow her on Twitter @KimberlyDerting.


There will be two winners for this giveaway! Here's what you can win!
First Winner will receive a personalize copy of The Body Finder signed by Kim, a signed The Body Finder poster & bookmark, stickers, and a black Body Finder tote.

Second Winner will receive a signed The Body Finder poster, bookmarks, and stickers. 

The giveaway ends Friday, September 3rd and is for US and Canada only. 


  1. What a great interview and giveaway!

  2. I really enjoyed The Body Finder. It was my first suspense/murder mystery!

  3. Great interview! I've wanted to read this for a while! thanks for the giveaway :)

  4. Great interview! I really want to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. I signed up for the givaway but had to do it twice because of technical difficulties, so that's why you'll see my name two times!


  6. great interview and great giveaway thank you!

  7. Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway!