Special Author Interview: Kimberly Derting


Two days ago we posted a review of Kimberly Derting’s debut novel, The Body Finder. As indicated by our review, yaReads is a bit of a fan of this one, so when we were asked to participate in Kimberly’s promotional blog tour, we just couldn’t say no. Enjoy!

Violet and Jay have known each other since they were kids, but she suddenly has a huge crush on him. What do you think is the trigger that changes “like” to “love”?

I think Violet and Jay were always perfect for each other, she just didn’t realize it until the other girls at school started noticing him.  Suddenly she was forced to look at him through different eyes.

Everyone has to accept their partners’ little quirks, but what’s one pet peeve that you just wouldn’t be able to stand in a boyfriend/girlfriend?

Laziness.  As Liz Lemon (from 30 Rock) would say, that’s a dealbreaker!  I’m not talking about the kind of guy who likes to hang out and relax. I love my downtime as much as the next girl.  I’m talking about a guy who is genuinely lazy. . . someone who doesn’t help out around the house or pick up after himself, someone who plops down on the couch and just stays there.  All of the time.  You know, that guy!

If someone was going to buy you a box of your favorite candy for Valentine’s Day, what candy would be inside?

I very rarely eat chocolate, which seems kind of like the obvious answer here, so I would have to say. . . Skittles.  I know, it’s kind of wrong, but they are so delicious. I’m still waiting for someone to invent a candy that has both Skittles and chocolate.  A girl can dream, can’t she?

What’s the best part of the winter season for you?

Snow.  Definitely snow!  Snow days, snowmen, snowball fights, all of it.  Last winter, our golden retriever would pull the kids on their sleds through the neighborhood. We called it the Alex Express.  She (and the kids!) had a blast!  And then we’d come in and sit by the fire and drink hot chocolate. It made for the perfect winter day.

What’s your favorite love song (old or new)?

Wow, are you really gonna make me admit this out loud?  I kind of like anything by. . . ehem. . . Barry Manilow.   Yes, it’s sappy, but no one can belt out a love song like Barry.

More recently, though, I kind of love “What About Now” by Daughtry.  It’s very angsty and romantic.

What’s your preferred hot drink to curl up with when reading: tea, coffee, or cocoa?

Ooh, that’s tough, although I am a bit of a caffeine junkie. I drink A LOT of tea, but it really depends on my mood. Coffee and hot cocoa are right up there.  Seriously, check my pantry sometime. . . I’m like the poster child for hot drinks!

What are you most excited about this winter?

The release of The Body Finder, of course!

If you were snowed in, what are the three items you would want to have with you?

Easy!  I would definitely need a good book (or three).  A toothbrush because. . . well, gross.  And a comfy bathrobe. (But let’s not get confused, I did not say Snuggie.  It must be a bathrobe.  Somehow that just makes it cooler!)

Where is your favorite winter getaway?

In Washington, we have this great Bavarian village called Leavenworth.  It’s charming, rustic, and snowy.  It’s like a life-sized Christmas village, with some of the most amazing places to shop, eat, and sleep.

Of course, if I could pick someplace sunny, it would definitely be Maui.  Sometimes you just need a little sun in the wintertime!

Do you believe in love at first sight?

I should. It seems like the romantic thing to say.  But I really don’t.  I think falling in love is worlds different than falling in lust, and it takes time to build something solid and real.  Besides, it’s way better if you fall in love with your best friend. Who else is going to get all of your corny jokes?

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