Picture drawn by Maggie Stiefvater, 2009. Header made by S.F. Robertson, 2010.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Fresh New Voice of YA- Kimberly Derting interview

1) How did you get the idea for The Body Finder?

My husband and I were driving one day and he threw out this random idea about a boy who could find dead bodies. After hearing his middle-grade boy-adventure version, I immediately changed the main character to a teenage girl and started creating Violet and the rules for her creepy ability. In my husband’s mind, he will always consider himself my co-author. :)

2) What are you working on now? Can you tell us anything about it?

I’m finished with the sequel to The Body Finder, which is called Desires of the Dead and comes out in 2011 (so excited!). I have a few other things I’m working on but I’m SO crazy-secretive about new projects that I usually never tell anyone, sometimes not even my agent.

3) What book(s) are you reading now, or are about to start?

I just finished The Deathday Letter by Shaun Hutchinson, which was darkly humorous (a combo I happen to adore!). And up next…hmm…maybe Graceling by Kristin Cashore, I’ve been dying to read it!!!

4) What was The Call like? Tell us all about it!

I didn’t actually get “the call,” it was more like “the message.” And technically, I didn’t get the message, my husband did. It’s kind of a long story, which I blogged about here (for anyone interested in the details). I will say that it was one of the best moments in my life!

5) What is your favorite Jelly Belly jelly bean flavor?

Easy! Buttered Popcorn, by far. It’s not so much that I LOVE the flavor, it’s just that I’m completely fascinated by it! I’m always trying to pick those ones out first. Thanks a lot, James, now I’m totally craving jelly beans!


  1. So excited for this book to come out :) Great interview!!

  2. Buttered Popcorn jelly bellies are my favorites too!

  3. Dr. Pepper & Watermelon are my favorite Jelly Bellys!

    Graceling has been sitting on my shelf waiting for me to get to it.

  4. Great interview! It feels like I've been waiting for this book forever!!

    My niece turned me on to buttered popcorn jelly beans. I thought it sounded gross, but now I'm hooked on them. :)

  5. Sounds a great book. Thanks for the interview!

    As always I love the jelly belly question - it tell you a lot about a person :)