Author Interview: Kimberly Derting

March 15, 2010

I am proud to present another author interview and this time, it is with Kimberly Derting, author of The Body Finder. I’d like to take a moment to thank Ms. Derting for taking the time to answer the questions and I hope everyone enjoys reading her answers!

What inspired you to be an author?

I’ve loved writing since I was a teenager, although back then, I thought I wanted to be

an investigative journalist traipsing through war-torn jungles to get the scoop. Then I actually found out what that job was really like, and author seemed like a much better (and safer) career choice!

What has been your favorite part of being an author so far?

One of my favorite moments so far was when I got my first hand-written fan letter! Just the thought that someone loved my book enough to write it down just blows me away! I still can’t believe how lucky I am!

Is there anything you can’t live without while writing?

Give me a comfy chair, my laptop, and an unlimited supply of Skittles or Hot Tamales and I’m good to go.

If you had to describe your writing in three to five words, how would you describe it?

Lying for a living. 🙂

Where did the idea for The Body Finder come from?

You know, this is by far my husband’s favorite question! He thinks he’s the co-author because one day while we were driving he said, “What if there was a boy who could find bodies?” About two seconds after he said it, I had changed the main character to a teenage girl

(just to be difficult 🙂 and couldn’t wait to get home to start writing about Violet and her morbid ability!

What was your favorite part about writing it?

I’m not sure what this says about me, but I loved writing the killer point-of-view chapters. That doesn’t make me sick and twisted does it? 🙂

What can readers expect from the sequel, Desires of the Dead?

I can absolutely guarantee that there will be a dead body in the sequel! I hope my editor isn’t too mad at me for giving that away! 🙂

Do you have anything planned after the sequel?

I’ve already started outlining book 3 and 4, although there are no current plans yet. I would love to spend more time with Violet and Jay though! *crosses fingers*

Why do you think the YA paranormal genre appeals to so many people?

I’m not sure why it appeals to others, but for me it’s so fun to read and write YA because it gives me a connection to my teen years. Sometimes I think we forget what it was like to be a teen and this genre is a great reminder. Oh, and who doesn’t love a paranormal twist?

As an author, what do you hope to accomplish?

When I wrote The Body Finder, I really just wanted to see it on a shelf at a bookstore someday. Now that it’s happening, I really hope that others feel a connection to the characters and the story!


To read more about Kimberly Derting and her writing, you can visit her WEBSITE and her BLOG. Be sure to pick up a copy of The Body Finder, which is officially released on Tuesday!

(author photo from Kimberly Derting’s website and cover image taken from HarperCollins’ website)

  • Reply
    Kimberly Derting
    March 16, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks so much for having me, DJ!!!!!

  • Reply
    April 17, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Awesome interview! The Body Finder is among my favorite new YA books this year. Can’t wait to read more about Jay and Violet in Desires of the Dead! 🙂

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    January 23, 2012 at 2:17 am

    Great interview!! The Body Finder is one of my favorite books, and I loved learning more about Kimberly!!

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