About the book:
Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world... and the imprints that attach to their killers.
Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer... and becoming his prey herself.
An Interview with Kimberly Derting:
Me: What were your favorite books (or types of books) as a teen, and what was it about them that appealed to you? What, on the other hand, would make you put a book down?
Kimberly: There wasn’t a large YA selection when I was growing up, so I jumped right into adult novels and was immediately hooked on horror. I read everything my mom had lying around the house was usually anything by Stephen King or John Saul. Like most people, I would put a book down if it didn’t hold my interest, which for me meant keeping me guessing or totally creeped out! The more horrifying and frightening the better!
Me: Have your reading tastes stayed the same, or have you discovered new loves and peeves (and if so, what are they)?
Kimberly: My tastes are incredibly eclectic! I get bored easily, and hate to read the same thing over and over again, so I’ve read everything from historical romance to hard core horror to mainstream bestsellers to literary fiction. Pretty much the only thing I don’t read much of is non-fiction…unless, of course, it’s for research, then I’ll devour it.
Me: What was your favorite part of writing THE BODY FINDER, and what was the hardest?
Kimberly: My favorite part was how easily it all came together. Once the idea sparked, it was like an obsession and even when I wasn’t writing Violet’s story, I was always thinking about it. I worked on it every spare second I could find, and it all fell into place very easily. I’m not sure there *was* a hardest part…unless you count all the waiting. There’s a lot of waiting in the publishing world. But it’s totally worth it in the end!
Me: Did you draw on any people/places/experiences from your life while writing?
Kimberly: Not so much people, but the book is set pretty much in my own backyard. I used locales and settings I was very familiar with, places I love. And when it came to naming some of the tertiary characters, I went to friends and family and “stole” their names, sometimes combining first and last names of people close to me. I think they’ll have a lot of fun trying to find themselves in the book (although none of the characters personalities *match* their names!).
Me: What was the most exciting moment during the publishing process? The scariest?
Kimberly: “Getting the call” from my agent was hands down the most exciting part! Knowing that my book would be in the hands of others, how amazing is that??? And, sometimes, that’s the scary part too. I really want people to enjoy it!
Me: What are you working on now?
Kimberly: I’ve already finished my second book, the sequel to THE BODY FINDER, titled DESIRES OF THE DEAD, which is set to release in 2011. And I just sent in a super-secret project to my agent and she says she LOVES it so *fingers crossed*. I’ll let you know…
Hope you enjoyed getting to know Kimberly!