April 4th, 2010

Debs Blog Tour Farewell Post

Well, here is the last remaining Deb on the blog tour (who also was bumped to 2010, like I was). It's Kimberly Derting, aka kderting, author of THE BODY FINDER.

Kimberly lives in the Pacific Northwest, which is the ideal place to be writing anything dark or creepy...a gloomy day can set the perfect mood. She lives with her husband and their three beautiful (and often mouthy) children, who serve as an endless source of inspiration for her writing.

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.

So Kimberly...

1. If you had a time machine and could go back to the early days of your writing career and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?

Don’t ever write to get published, write because you love it! The rest will take care of itself.

2. If you weren't a writer, what would you want to be (or what do you think you would be), career-wise?

As a kid, I really wanted to be “Lady Trucker,” but as I got older I realized “mullet” isn’t a good look on me. Plus, I really like showers. I’d probably be a rock star. Or an astronaut.

3. What did you do to celebrate your book deal? Pop some champagne? Extravagant purchase? Dinner out? Pizza delivery?

We were all together on a camping trip when I got the news. After "the call," my husband and kids surprised me with some (warm) champagne and a sign that the kids had made (just in case!). So we all toasted the good news with our plastic cups. My youngest was definitely not a fan of champagne!

Lady Trucker? Ha! Lemme guess...you watched a lot of BJ and the Bear when you were a kid, right? Greg Evigan was so sexy.

Thanks for stopping by and wrapping up an amazing year of the Debs Blog tour, Kimberly!

Find out more about Kimberly Derting  here.

Order THE BODY FINDER here or here.

Thanks to everyone for sticking with me throughout the Debs Blog Tour. It's been a blast!