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Special Author Interview: Kimberly Derting
Author Interviews
February 11, 2010 posted by Nikki

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?

The Body Finder – Kimberly Derting
Book Reviews
February 10, 2010 posted by Nikki

The Body Finder – Kimberly Derting

A serial killer on the loose.
A girl with a morbid ability.
And a boy who would never let anything happen to her.

Violet Ambrose can find the dead. Or at least, those who have been murdered. She can sense the echoes they leave behind… and the imprints they leave on their killers. As if that weren’t enough to deal with during her junior year, she also has a sudden, inexplicable, and consuming crush on her best friend since childhood, Jay Heaton.

Now a serial killer has begun terrorizing Violet’s small town… and she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Fill with suspense, a gripping romance, and deadly consequences, The Body Finder is an impressive debut novel that’s impossible to put down.

Violet has known that she was different since she was eight years old. That was when she discovered her first murdered body, although at the time, she had no idea that it was the start of a supernatural ability for finding the dead. It’s the kind of thing that can’t be explained by normal or natural circumstances and Violet knows that she needs to keep this to herself. Her family knows, and so does Jay – her best friend – but she’s managed to keep it from everyone else.

She’s in her junior year now and there is a lot going on. Over the past few months, Jay seemed to transform from regular old Jay into an irresistible chick magnet, and it’s driving Violet bananas. She knows she shouldn’t care so much; he’s just her best friend after all. But the more attention Jay receives from her classmates, the more Violet realizes that she doesn’t think of him that way anymore. It seems that Violet has jumped on the Jay-loving bandwagon, too, and she wants him all for herself. But Violet knows her feelings are irrational and sets about pushing them aside. He’s been her friend for far too long…

Then, as if Fate was mocking her in the cruellest way possible, Violet gets the distraction she’s looking for. Teenage girls (girls that she knows) start going missing. When Violet stumbles across the first body, she knows it was murder. The echo left behind is a direct indication that it was so. Then another turns up, and another. When the police have little luck uncovering even a hint of a clue that points to the killer, Violet realizes she might be the only one capable of actually finding him. It’s dangerous, sure, but she can’t just sit by and do nothing.

Would you?

But Violet is just a girl and her serial killer is a skilled hunter. In the game of cat and mouse, who normally wins…?

Jay is a lovable character and it’s easy to understand why the girls are falling all over him. He’s very protective of Violet, he’s handsome – he’s the ultimate package really. Although I couldn’t pin point one particular characteristic that may cause a bit of a fangirl frenzy among readers, I think his loyalty and how much he cares about Violet is going to win him many points with the ladies. While he may not top the Fave Male Characters Of All Time list, he’s not exactly forgettable, either.

Violet seems like a regular teen with regular teen problems. There are so many strong female characters around in YA Lit at the moment that are so supernaturally charged they can’t possibly resemble regular teens. Although she does possess a supernatural ability, Violet strikes me as pretty normal. She experiences regular teen emotions and she’s dealing with regular teen problems on top of the whole murder mystery thing. Overall, The Body Finder feels much more like a teen mystery than a supernatural story.

I was a little creeped out by the pages that were written in the point-of-view of the murderer. Being inside someone’s head that is obviously as messed up as he is gives me the heebee jeebees. It goes to show that you just can’t trust anyone these days…

This one has romance, murder, suspense, mystery, and a whole lot more. All in all, The Body Finder has a little something for everyone and is bound to be a hit with readers or any age.

Pages: 327

Publication date: 2010

Rating:: ★★★★☆

Teaser quote: “But he was bigger and stronger and his hands reached up behind her to the back of her head, ignoring her denials and pinning her in place. When his mouth finally landed on hers, the combination of his alcohol soaked breath and his brutish unrestrained actions made her quiver sickly beneath him …… she felt like she was going to puke.”

Special Announcement:

yaReads is participating in Kimberly Derting’s promotional blog tour for The Body Finder. Tune back in on Feburary 11 – that’s two days from now, folks – for more Kimberly Derting goodness!