Author Interview and Contest with Kimberly Derting

Today I have the honor of having Kimberly Derting for an interview on my blog. I am in awe because I find her books to be some of best reads around. Last year she debuted with THE BODY FINDER and this year, in fact tuesday, YEAH!! her newest novel DESIRES OF THE DEAD will hit the newsstands and you will be amazed, because it is that good. So, without further delay, come and join us for an interview and when we are done I have a few goodies to share with a few lucky commenters.

RR: What inspired you to write this series and what research did you work on to accomplish your story?

KD: Im not sure that I could point to any one thing that was the sole inspiration for The Body Finder, but I have to give some credit to my husband for providing the initial spark, when he said: "what if there was kid who could find dead bodies?" Of course in his mind, he practically co-wrote it with me. HA!

As far as research, I did spend time interviewing members of our local and fire and police departments, to be sure I had the facts right. Since they were also friends, it was interesting (and kind of strange) to see them slip into their professional roles.
RR: What do you want your readers to take away from your book?

KD:honestly, at the end of the day, what I really want is for readers to feel connected to the characters and to have fun reading my books? Oh, and don't talk to strangers.

RR: What are you in the process of writing next?

KD: If only I could tell you! Stay tuned, though, lots of secret stuff will be announced very soon! (RR: Gah! what a tease but I love it)

RR: What was your favorite book that you read as a teen and why?

KD: THE SHINING. to me, Stephen King, is the master of horror, and I really wanted to scare people the way he did. Of course, the girl in me really likes kissing scenes too! (RR: and so do I Y)

RR: What is on your nightstand now?

KD: A clock that is set 20minutes too fast and a never-ending stack of books that includes: Angelfire, Across the Universe, Blood Red Road, and The Gathering.

RR: With all the YA Novels that are coming out this year, besides DESIRES OF THE DEAD, what are you most eager to read?

KD: Hmm, I'll probably never catch up with ALL of the books I want to read, but I've heard some really good things about The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab. I'm definitely intrigued.


Thank you, Kimberly. It was an honor to have you here. I wish you great success with you next novel, DESIRES OF THE DEAD that is due out Tuesday and I know everyone cannot wait to read it.

For those readers that love this series I have a special treat for you. I have posters, book markers, and more that I want to share with you (courtesy of Kimberly Derting, THANK YOU). One lucky winner will recieve a signed book of THE BODY FINDER and DESIRES OF THE DEAD. All you have to do is comment on my blog and give Kimberly some love and let her know how much you enjoy her series and want to read DESIRES OF THE DEAD. It is an easy contest for some amazing books.

Winners will be selected 2/28/11 open to US entrants only

49 comments on "Author Interview and Contest with Kimberly Derting"

Two Chicks On Books wrote: February 13, 2011 at 12:35 PM

I love Kimberly's books! I've been waiting for Desires to get here I pre ordered it months ago :)

Meredith wrote: February 13, 2011 at 12:37 PM

I haven't read these books yet, but they're very near the top of my to-get list!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

Liana wrote: February 13, 2011 at 12:50 PM

great interview! excited for the announcement!

Tuning Into YA Books wrote: February 13, 2011 at 1:16 PM

I really wish my library could get Desires of the Dead. Hope I can get my hands on it

Lexie wrote: February 13, 2011 at 1:24 PM

I have not had the chance to read these books yet but I am SO looking forward to it! They sound amazing!

~Mallary~ wrote: February 13, 2011 at 1:31 PM

I LOVED LOVED LOVED The Body Finder!! I pre-ordered Desires of the Dead a while back. I absolutely can't wait to read it!!! I think I would totally freak out if I won a signed copy. Thanks so much for the opportunity!!

Orchid wrote: February 13, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Nice interview! Why must authors tease us with their feautre projects.
Sounds like a great series, I'm definitely going to have to find some way of getting my hands on both books.
Thanks for the super giveaway. ^_^

hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com

Mithee (The Deranged Book Lovers) wrote: February 13, 2011 at 1:47 PM

I'd so effing love to read DoD, but I'm not from US. Still, sends love to Kimberly. :x

The Total Book Nerd wrote: February 13, 2011 at 2:36 PM

OMG. I haven't read either books yet, but it is on my to-read list! The plot of the series sounds amazing and i will seriously stay up till i finish BOTH books. Thank you for this awesome opportunity!!! :D

Melissa (Books and Things) wrote: February 13, 2011 at 2:48 PM

I have been wanting to read both of these books so much! I need to read them! :)

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Mrs. DeRaps wrote: February 13, 2011 at 3:14 PM

I solemnly swear to never talk to strangers and to read all of your books!! Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!

mrsderaps @ hotmail . com

dani_nguyen wrote: February 13, 2011 at 3:24 PM

I loooooved The Body Finder and can't wait to read Desires of the Dead! Thanks for the giveaway!


Katie wrote: February 13, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Thank you for the awesome giveaway! The Body Finder is so different from other books and Desires of the Dead is no different!

mariska wrote: February 13, 2011 at 6:17 PM

I've been wanting to read Kimberly's first book for months and now the second book will out soon. I would love to win these !

uniquas at ymail dot com

donnas wrote: February 13, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Great interview. Cant wait to read it.

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Bethie wrote: February 13, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Thank you for the awesome giveaway. I so want these books. {crossing my fingers!}

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lostinbelieving wrote: February 13, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Haha I'm with Kimberly- I'll never be able to catch up with all the wonderful novels that are out! And gah! I cannot WAIT for Desires of the Dead!


Erinberry wrote: February 13, 2011 at 8:45 PM

I really liked The Body Finder. I can't wait to read Desires of the Dead. Thanks for the giveaway!

erinberry12 at charter dot net

KatieDoll wrote: February 13, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Ah, LOVED The Body Finder. Jay is one of my favorite fictional boys ever. *swoon* Can't wait for Desires Of The Dead!

The Lovely Getaway wrote: February 13, 2011 at 11:55 PM

I cannot wait for Desires of the Dead! the body finder was such an awesome read and I would LOVED to be able to get my hands on signed books :)

thanks for the giveaway!

Vivien wrote: February 14, 2011 at 1:44 AM

I really enjoyed The Body Finder. I thought it gave a really creepy feel which I have really been missing. The perspective from the "killer" is just perfect. I actually wanted more from him. Can't wait for the Desires of the Dead!

deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

TheGirlOnFire wrote: February 14, 2011 at 1:44 AM

I enjoyed the first book so much because the idea is so unique. When my friend first told me about it I was dying to read it. I can't wait to read the second one because if the next book gets better than the first it will be incredible.
thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

Bwyatt wrote: February 14, 2011 at 7:16 AM

Ok, I totally loved The Body Finder and cannot wait for Desires of the Dead! Not only are the covers beautiful, come on who could resist those covers, but Kimberly is so sweet. She answers questions and you can really tell she loves what she does and loves her characters. I adore Violet and Jay and cannot wait to see where Desires of the Dead takes them!

Ashley wrote: February 14, 2011 at 7:38 PM

I loved The Body Finder! I think it is one of the best Paranormal YA books I've ever read. Being inside the mind of the serial killer was seriously creepy! Great great great book! Love it! :)

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Bookish in a Box wrote: February 15, 2011 at 5:00 PM

I've been wanting to read The Body Finder since before it was published, but I haven't had a chance to yet. All I've heard about it are great things!

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Nicole Loves Coacoa wrote: February 18, 2011 at 10:00 AM

I still have yet to read these, but they look amazing, I have been wanting to read these for a while!!!!!


Sylvia wrote: February 18, 2011 at 6:35 PM

I have heard so many good things about The Body Finder! I can't wait to read it! Thank you so much for this contest!


jayhawks22 wrote: February 18, 2011 at 6:49 PM

I read the first book and I loved it! The plot intrigued (is that how you spell it?) me, and I absolutley loved Jay and Violet! They're soo cute together! I gave The Body Finder five stars. :) :P

jayhawks22 wrote: February 18, 2011 at 6:50 PM

herehhehe I forgot to put my email address! jayhawks222 AT gmail DOT com

Minas wrote: February 20, 2011 at 10:18 AM

I LOVE The Body Finder! One of my favorite books! I can't wait to read Desires of the Dead!


latishajean wrote: February 20, 2011 at 5:59 PM

What a great interview I have been hearing so much about desires of the dead and can't wait to read it! Thank you so much for this giveaway and for the chance!

Megan wrote: February 21, 2011 at 12:34 PM

I LOVE the covers for these books!! They've been on my To Read list forever. Thanks for the great giveaway!

megankyser at gmail dot com

Bookworm wrote: February 21, 2011 at 6:55 PM

I've been hearing so many great things about these books lately, and I'm so intrigued by the plot! Can't wait to read them, and thanks to both you and Kimberly Derting for the contest :)

Emmy Landeros wrote: February 21, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Kimberly Derting!!! Thank you for writing the The Dark Divine Series!! ::bows enthusiastically:: They are amazing and I would love to win copies of the books. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

Christy wrote: February 22, 2011 at 2:56 PM

My friends who have read The Body Finder have all loved it! It is at the top of my to-be-read list and I am very excited to read it and Desires of the Dead!

linda2060 wrote: February 23, 2011 at 8:10 PM

I loved her books and can't wait to read this one. It's on the top of my TBR list, too.

Meghan wrote: February 24, 2011 at 1:11 PM

I loveloveloved The Body Finder and cannot wait to read Desires of the Dead!! I'm a huge fan of Kimberly Derting :D Thank you for the giveaway!


Sniffly Kitty wrote: February 25, 2011 at 11:36 AM

I've heard so many good things about this series! would really love to read it ^.^

WulfLuva wrote: February 26, 2011 at 9:27 AM

AHHHH!!! This is AWESOME!!! I borrowed the Body Finder from a friend so I don't have my own copy so winning this would be sweet! I heart you KD!

oreo_93 at hotmail dot com

Kelly wrote: February 26, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Kimberly Derting is AMAZING!!

This contest ends on my birthday, so I should totally win :P

BLHmistress wrote: February 26, 2011 at 10:22 AM

I haven't had a chance to read The Body Finder but I have been wanting to for awhile. Thanks so much for the opportunity.


Leilani @Leilani Loves Books wrote: February 26, 2011 at 6:54 PM

I had the pleasure of meeting Kimberly and she was awesome! I read the ARC a few days later and adored it! I need these books!!!!

leilani @

Ashley wrote: February 27, 2011 at 1:00 AM

I had the chance to use my borders coupon and buy the gorgeous harcover copy of the body fidner; the book is amazing! thank you so much Kimberley for writing this and I wanted to let you know Im so very excited to read desires of the dead!! I cant wait!!

Ashley R. - arudd908(at)gmail(dot)com

Locket Stories wrote: February 27, 2011 at 6:32 AM

I loved The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead. They are such great books! Thanks for the contest!


Nicky wrote: February 28, 2011 at 8:16 PM

I LOVE how original the concept is for the series and the prose is just lovely. SERIOUSLY excited for the sequel

Zareen wrote: February 28, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Both of these books look amazing, and though I haven't received an opportunity to read them yet, I'd love to win this contest! I've been itching for a good read as of late, and have heard so many positive reviews about Ms. Derting!

Alyssa wrote: February 28, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Thanks for the contest!! I have The Body Finder on my Nook but haven't gotten a chance to order Desires of the Dead yet!

coffeelvnmom wrote: February 28, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Yay! Thanks for throwing such a great contest, and for posting this interview! ;) Count me entered! =)

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