Today I am pleased (!!!) to have one of my favorite author's on the blog. Kimberly Derting, author of The Body Finder series, has dropped by for an interview for the Teen Book Scene Desires of the Dead Tour (click link for other stops on the tour.)
Kate: Who is your biggest influence in writing?
Kimberly: My biggest influence has always been Stephen King. My mother would leave his books lying around the house, so I started reading them at a pretty young age…probably too young. In my opinion, he was the ultimate master of suspense.
Kate: Do you use any media (music, etc) to influence your writing?
Kimberly: I don’t listen to music while I’m writing, but I definitely listen to certain songs to get in the mood for writing, especially if I’m stuck on a scene.
But even without a particular song, sometimes just listening to music (whatever’s in the CD player at the time) while I’m driving will clear my thoughts and get the creative juices flowing. Unfortunately, what’s in the CD player can be anything from Eminem or Lil Wayne (I have a 17-year-old son) to the Jonas Brothers or Miley Cyrus (I have a nine-year-old daughter too!).
Kate: When writing The Body Finder, did you intend to make it a series?
Kimberly: I definitely always wanted it to be a series. I even had half of the sequel written when TBF first sold.
Kate: Did you take any personality traits or names from your real life and incorporate them into The Body Finder or Desires of the Dead?
Kimberly: Yes and yes. For the names, my close friends and family can find their first and last names sprinkled throughout both books. As for the character’s personality traits, they are all still trying to figure out which traits I may or may not have borrowed from each of them. And of course, I’ll never tell if they’re right or not!
Kate: I graduated with a degree in Forensic Science and Biology and I found your book (The Body Finder) to be accurate on many levels. Did you try to incorporate your scientific background into the books? And did you put much research into the novels?
Kimberly: Before I answer, I have to tell you what my 9-year-old daughter just read your question and said: “So, Kate is like Temperance Brennan from Bones, right? (I believe you have a new fan!)
Honestly, I’m not sure my biology background helped that much when I was writing TBF and Desires of the Dead, but I did interview two friends of mine about all things police, fire, and Search & Rescue. So if you find anything wrong, just let me know and I’ll give you their home phone numbers ;)
Kate: That is awesome that your daughter watches Bones. I am not a forensic anthropologist but I have seen a number of dead bodies in my schooling. I am very grateful to have her as a fan :)
Anyways, Are you working on anything else now? Can you divulge?
Kimberly: That’s funny, because I just emailed my agent to ask her your second question. :) I will definitely have some news soon (maybe even before this interview is posted), I promise!!!
Thanks Kimberly for stopping by!!
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