Monday, 25 October 2010

Interview with Kimberly Derting & The Body Finder Giveaway!

The Body Finder is one of my favourite books of 2010. I love it (and Jay!) so much that I want everybody to read it, and so I'm giving away a copy! The Body Finder is released in the UK in paperback on November 11th 2010.  Read on for more!

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 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 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.

The Body Finder is an amazing debut and one of absolute favourites of 2010.  Can you describe the book in just one sentence for my readers?

A girl who can find dead bodies and the boy who would do anything to protect her.

In The Body Finder you write chapters from the killer’s point of view which adds a real sinister element to the book. I loved that.  What made you decide to let readers see inside the mind of the killer?

Actually, it was probably more about letting readers into the dark and twisted mind of the author! :)  Actually, my first draft only had a few sections from the serial killer’s perspective, mostly because I thought it might be a little too dark and twisted for Young Adult. Let’s just say that when my editor came back and asked for more, I was thrilled!  I know that makes me sound all kinds of sick, doesn’t it???

Since reading The Body Finder Jay has become my number one literary crush. Do you have a hot book crush that you can’t get enough of? Tell me who it is!

Okay my dorky confession is that for a period of time after reading Twilight, I was seriously obsessed with a certain sparkly vampire whose name may or may not rhyme with Schmedward.  Yes, I was a Twigeek!  *raises hand guiltily* 

But I’ve since moved on, and currently have a minor (okay, not really minor at all!) crush on Patch from HUSH, HUSH. 

While I’m reading I love to play casting director for my favourite characters.  I’ve already cast my perfect Jay, but who would you pick to play Jay and Violet in a movie version of The Body Finder?

I’m terrible at this game.  Terrible!  I like Emma Roberts for Violet, she’s sort of the girl-next-door with a dash of vixen thrown in.  But a fan also suggested Elizabeth Gilles and she’s pretty dang adorable too.  For Jay, that same reader liked Dustin Milligan, and I have to agree…he is awfully cute!  Also, maybe Alex Pettyfer.  Okay, I’ll just say it…he’s hawt!

I read that you’re a big fan of all things creepy.  What’s the all-time creepiest book you’ve read?

That’s easy, THE SHINING by Stephen King.  Not only is King a master storyteller, but in The Shining, we read about the main character’s slow descent into madness, all while trying to decipher what’s real and what isn’t.  Freaky!

My second choice is THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS by Thomas Harris.  I read it in one afternoon. Could not put it down!

I was very excited when I heard there was a sequel to The Body Finder. Can you tell me a little about Desires of the Dead?

Desires picks up a couple of months after The Body Finder leaves off.  And while Violet and Jay are still figuring out their new relationship, Violet unwittingly attracts the attention of someone from the FBI.  She has to decide whether to help them, or to continue to guard her secret.  Oh, and there may be some trouble in store for Vi and Jay too! And, of course, some dead bodies as well.  :) 

What are you working on next? Do we get more from Body Finder series, or are do you have something completely new in store for your readers?

I do have a few things in the works, but, for now, nothing I can talk about.  (A girl’s gotta have her secrets, right?)  But, seriously, as soon as I get the go-ahead, I’ll be making some BIG announcements!!!

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Thanks so much to Kimberly for answering my questions and to Headline for providing me with the interview opportunity. I can't wait to hear those BIG announcements and I am simply dying to read Desires of the Dead!



  1. gret interview, its ne book i have not rea dyet but really want too!

    The Readings of a Busy Mom

  2. Love it! Finished The Body Finder last night sooo in love with it that I now need my own copy so I've entered your contest! Can not wait for Desires of the Dead thanks for the interview and the contest hun! :)

  3. I love the fact you got a confession about loving a certain character from Twilight! Great interview ;)

  4. Awesome interview! Who doesn't love Patch?! :D

    I know how much you loved this Leanna, and I CANNOT wait to read it!! I swear it is calling my name from upstairs.. :)

  5. Thanks for the giveaway Leanna! :)

  6. Thank you so much for this interview. I am a bit slow on catching some books so I am so glad to see this interview because now I really want to read the book, it sounds wonderful.

    Thanks for a great interview and running a great competition.

  7. Thanks for the contest, Leanna.
    I'm a new follower, please stop by and follow back :)
    Hafsah @ IceyBooks

  8. Thanks for this awesome giveaway! :D

    Filling out the form~

  9. Awesome interview! I really do need to read The Body Finder now.

  10. Sigh...I love Jay!!! Great interview! I've already read this awesome book and I can't wait for Desires of the Dead!

  11. oh! I've been wanting to read this book forever! Great interview...I'm wondering who this Jay is hmm

  12. Great interview! I love Jay! I'm big fan of both of her books. I'm hoping three will be a third.

  13. I got to read an excerpt for Desires of the Dead and it was sooo good. I can't wait for it to come out. Thanks for giving away a copy of The Body Finder!

  14. Thank you for the interesting interview and giveaway! :D

  15. Thanks so much for making this giveaway international!!

  16. I've been wanting to read this book! Lovely interview with interesting questions/responses :)

  17. Fantastic interview, I loved your questions and her answers! I thought the Schmedward answer was particular amusing:) I have to agree with her on The Shining, that book can still scare me just thinking about it. Thanks so much for the giveaway as well!

  18. Great interview. She is so down to earth. I can't believe she is crushing on Patch. LOL. I haven't read Body Finder yet (want to so badly), but now I am wanting to read the Desires of the Dead.

  19. Ooh, I also have a crush on Patch, but now I'm dying to meet Jay :) *grins* I also read The Shining a long time ago, and have to confess that the book also gave me the creeps.

  20. Yes me me me please *waves arms in the air*

  21. Another awesome giveaway. I'm so glad you are making them international! Love your blog layout and content!

  22. This book has been on my wishlist months months ago. please Pick ME ! :)

  23. Sounds like a scary read. Love it! Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. Great interview and thanks for the giveaway!

  25. Patch?!! Where? Where? =)

    I want The Body Finder! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  26. haha! Love to read that we have the same crush! Aaaah Edward <3
    Thank you very much for the contest!

  27. I want to read this book. I first though it would be too much about murder mystery until I think you wrote about this on goodreads and I had no idea it would be so good. Great interview, I love this author now. Patch is great from hush,hush. Love that she likes him too.

    Thanks for a chance to win.

  28. Great interview! Haha, I love how she used to be a Twigeek :) I suppose most everyone is at some point.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. thanks for making it international :)


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