- Introduce Yourself to our readers
I’m Kimberly Derting, author of the BODY FINDER series (HarperCollins) and THE PLEDGE trilogy (Simon & Schuster). I live and write in the beautiful, yet rainy, Pacific Northwest. Hmm...what else? You’ll often find me asking teen girls I know (with permission from their parents, of course) if they’d like to be a dead body in my next book. You’d be surprised how many say yes! Sadly, that pretty much sums me up ;)
- Is this your first RT convention?
This is my THIRD trip to RT, so I’m super-excited to be invited back again this year.
- What are you most looking forward to at RT?
Teen Day is by far my favorite day of RT! It’s a whirlwind of signings, readings, panels, laughter, and parties, all focused on the teen readers who come out to see us. My favorite part is at the end of the day, at the HUGE Teen Day party, when those awesome book-filled swag bags are passed out to all the teens in attendance. I love seeing their faces when they look inside of them for the first time!
- If you've been to one before any tips for us newbies?
As for advice, make sure you leave some space in your luggage for all the books you’ll bring home. Aside from that, just have fun and get out there and meet everyone you can. And by everyone, I mean readers, other authors, industry professionals, and the event organizers. So seriously, everyone! Can you tell I love RT???
- Where can we find you at RT? Are you on any panels going to any parties etc.
I’ll be on the panel “Practical Survival Tips” Getting Your Characters Out of Tough Situations” with authors Kelley Armstrong, J.A. Souders, Cole Gibsen, Carrie Ryan, and David Gil. I’ll also be at Avon’s Red Slipper Lounge on Friday night with a bunch of great HarperTeen authors. And Teen Day, of course, including the Giant Book Fair—I wouldn’t miss those!
- If we seen you at the bar what drink would be in your hand?
I’m pretty simple! I either like a plain old gin and tonic, or, if I’m in the mood for something a little more girlie, a Lemon Drop.
- What's your favorite paranormal and why?
I think vampires are both my favorite and least favorite at the same time. I’ve always been terrified of them. I grew up with a grandfather who may or may not have been a tad bit crazy, and truly believed that vampires existed, so he would tell me things like, “If you don’t invite them across the threshold, they can’t come inside the house.” As a child, a part of me knew he was nuts, but because he was my grandfather, there was another part of me that sort of believed him. I think that part of me still does...just a little bit. And in case you didn’t notice from my books, I like things that are dark and frightening.
- What inspired you to write in the paranormal genre?
My book doesn’t have vampires or werewolves, but my main character has the (uncanny) ability to locate the dead.
For me, it’s all about writing what I’m afraid of, and what scares me most are the things that can really happen...like serial killers. I can read about paranormal creatures, or even fictional serial killers, all day long, but as soon as I start doing research on real-life murderers, that’s when my skin starts to crawl. I quickly find myself looking over my shoulder and double-checking the locks on my doors and windows. I hope I can give readers just a taste of that creeped-out, edge-of-your-seat feeling while they’re reading my books.
- What authors do you hope have tables beside you at the Giant Book Fair?
I’m going to be sandwiched between Debra Driza (author of MILA 2.0) who I already know (and love!), and Tessa Adams, who I don’t know, but am looking forward to meeting (and loving!) too! :)
- Who are you bunking with?
I’m bunking with one of my BFF’s S.R. Johannes, author of UNTRACEABLE.
THE BODY FINDER SERIES:
Now Available from HarperTeen
When someone close to Violet becomes a suspect in a horrific murder, she finds herself pulled into a deadly hunt for a madman with an army of devoted followers. Violet has survived dangerous situations before, but she quickly discovers that protecting those closest to her is far more difficult than protecting herself.
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THE LAST ECHO
Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet's talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers...
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DESIRES OF THE DEAD
Violet slipped inside without notice. She was too preoccupied to care if anyone spotted her. The gentle sound of the harps grew stronger, until the vibrations were nearly painful and Violet found herself gritting her teeth. It was compelling, this echo . . . this death. And Violet was so close.
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THE BODY FINDER
Violet strained to see into the lake below. Multihued light seemed to be radiating up from beneath the water, centered among the reeds, and then diffusing outward as it reached the surface. Violet had never seen anything like it, and she knew that the spectrum of light was defying its very nature by behaving in that way.
It could be only one thing.
There was something dead down there.
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I was born and raised in the Seattle area, with the exception of a few short stints in Phoenix, Boise, and San Jose. I had a colorful childhood, raised by a single mother who worked her butt off to make ends meet. She showed my brother and me how to enjoy life on a shoestring budget. She was the kind of person who, given the choice between paying a bill and taking us to the circus, would always opt for the circus...and somehow, she always managed to pay the bill. She was the one who taught me how to laugh.
My publishing career began at an early age, when I started making homemade coloring books with sheets of blank paper and a stapler, and then went door-to-door to sell them. Unfortunately, my neighbors had limited disposable income for such frivolous purchases, so I was forced to seek my fortunes elsewhere.
I first fell in love with writing (giving up my childhood dreams of being a Veterinarian, and then my later aspirations of "lady trucker") when I signed up for Journalism as my 7th grade elective. It was supposed to an easy A, but it soon became my passion. I moved on to be Copy Editor of the high school yearbook so that I could correct other people's writing mistakes and fill in when they missed their deadlines (and, hey, it was high school...deadlines were frequently missed!).
I still 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.
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