Kimberly Derting is the author of her young adult debut The Body Finder. She found her passion for writing in her Journalism class in the seventh grade. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family where she continues to write. Her newest book, the sequel to The Body Finder titled Desires Of The Dead, will be released in March of next year.
1. In The Body Finder, we get a glimpse into the head of a serial killer. Was writing something so bold and terrifying easy for you?
You wanna hear the sad thing? I absolutely LOVED writing from the serial killer’s POV! When I first wrote The Body Finder, it only had a few chapters from the killer’s perspective because I thought it might be a little too dark for YA. So when my editor came back and asked me for more, I was beyond thrilled! (I’m not sure what that says about me!)
2. Following the mood of the first question, did you have a less difficult time writing the heavy romance between Violet and Jay rather than the ongoing investigation of the murders?
I’m kind of a sucker for a love story, so the romance really evolved kind of organically. I didn’t intend for it to be such a large part of the book initially, but as I was writing, I sort of fell in love with Jay’s character and he took on a larger role. And I’m really glad that it did, because it satisfies that really girlie side of me that loves romances!
3. I watch a lot of murder/crime scene investigation shows and The Body Finder hits it spot on. Were these television shows helpful when you were writing? Or did the murder elements come purely from your own imagination?
I’m the first to admit that I watch way too much T.V., and it’s usually shows like Criminal Minds, Medium, and Bones. I’ve also spent years reading everything from true crime to fictional serial killers like Hannibal Lector to crime series like James Patterson’s Alex Cross books. I guess all of this “research” has contributed to my books in one way or another. Now, if I could just find a way to use my American Idol “research” to help me write my next book!
4. If you could take one character from any book ever written and put them in one of your own, who would it be and what would you do to him/her?
I love Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, so I’d probably want to pit her against the serial killer from The Body Finder. I have no doubt that she would kick butt and take names. And don’t worry, I would never let anything happen to her because I wouldn’t want to get hate mail from Team Peeta and Team Gale fans!
5. Can you tell us anything about The Body Finder’s sequel, Desires Of The Dead, that will be released next year? Any hints at what danger Violet will get herself and Jay into next?
I can’t say too much, but I will say that Violet manages to attract the attention of someone who finds her ability…interesting. And possibly even useful.
Oh, and it’s very possible, maybe even likely, that there will be a dead body or two!
Thank you SO MUCH to Kimberly who took time out of her busy schedule to agree to this interview. There was much fangirl squealing happening as I set up this post! I know I speak for everyone when I say we're all dying (no pun intended) to read the next book!
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