Thursday, February 18, 2010

Interview with Kim Derting

I'm taking a spring break from revision and featuring a debut YA author today. 

As some of you know, I'm a 2009 Debutante, and throughout 2009 this community has supported the debut authors as their books became available. We're still blogging about these new authors and their novels because some were pushed into 2010 for release. 

Today we have  Kim Derting, the YA author of, The Body Finder. 

 Here's what Kim's debut novel is about and does it sound gripping.

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.


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

Kim stuck around to answer some questions.

Q: Of all your favorite books, which one do you wish you had written?

A: You mean, besides Harry Potter? Haha. No, really, I love the HP books.
Her storytelling and plot structure abilities are amazing.

But besides those, I'd say either Accordion Crimes by Annie Proulx, or
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. Those are two books that made me just
want to quit, because I could never even approach the level of talent
and skill needed to write like that.

Q: What fictional character do you wish you could be?

A: Anne of Green Gables. No question. *happy sigh*

Q: After chocolate what do you eat to make the writer-block pain go away?

A: Four ounces of wild Alaskan salmon lightly seared in lemon-pressed
olive oil, then sprinkled with sea salt and organic parsley and served
on a bed...

Seriously. Starbursts and Doritos. Pound-bags of each.

Q: Actually, I loved the salmon idea. Next time I hope you'll tell us something about how you revise or some nitty gritty details about your revision of The Body Finder. See you again, I hope and thanks for stopping by.

Be sure to visit the Author Web site and look for her book at Amazon



  1. Thanks for the interview! I must say, that's exactly how I felt after reading The Book Thief. That book just blew me away.

  2. Sounds like an awesome book - I'm putting it on my wishlist!

    Anne of GG is my absolute fave as well :)

  3. Hurray! Another Anne fan! We should start a club. Great interview, Lee. Congrats Kim! Looking forward to reading your book.

  4. Thanks for the interview, guys. Kimberly's book sounds deliciously creepy. I've added it to my list.

  5. Oh my, that sounds like an intense story! Thanks for the interview.

  6. Cute interview! The book looks great.

    'Cause I love your blog, I've given you the Sunshine Award. Just visit my blog for more info.

    Have a great weekend!

  7. Sounds like a great book! And I so agree on HP.

  8. I am counting down the minutes until this one is released! And Lee, I would love to read your book as well. You should include a link to it on Amazon!

  9. You're right, Suzette. I've been so buried with the book and the next book that I haven't done more than keep the blog up and running. The link is on my list to do. Thanks.


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