April 15, 2013

Author Interview: Kimberly Derting Author of Dead Silence +GIVEAWAY

Super excited today because I get to host Kimberly Derting for a stop on her blog tour for Dead Silence!! I love the Body Finder series, so I'm super thrilled to be able to promote it! Stayed tuned for my review later today!

First a bit about the book 
Violet thought she’d made peace with her unique ability to sense the echoes of the dead and the imprints that cling to their killers…that is until she acquired an imprint of her own. Forced to carry a reminder of the horrible events of her kidnapping, Violet is more determined than ever to lead a normal life. However, the people who run the special investigative team Violet works for have no intention of letting her go.

When someone close to Violet becomes a suspect in a horrific murder, she finds herself pulled into a deadly hunt for a madman with an army of devoted followers. Violet has survived dangerous situations before, but she quickly discovers that protecting those closest to her is far more difficult than protecting herself.

About Kimberly Derting

Kimberly Derting is the author of the BODY FINDER series (HarperCollins) and THE PLEDGE trilogy (Simon & Schuster). She lives in the Seattle area, with her husband and three children, who often find the outrageous things they say either in the pages of her books or posted on Twitter or Facebook for the entire world to see. 
You can visit her website at www.kimberlyderting.com.

Welcome Kimberly to The O.W.L.!!!

First the easy questions.
What Point of View -1st or 3rd:  For the Body Finder series, 3rd.
Boy or Girl main character (or both!): Girl, with a cute boy thrown in of course.
Genre: Supernatural-mystery-romance!
Middle Grade or Young Adult: Young Adult
More boy or girl book (stereotypically): Girl books

The Serious Questions

This is the 4th book in the series so the characters are familiar to you, but for Dead Silence what part/character/event are you most excited/proud about?
I love that I’ve been allowed to explore the darker side of the killers’ perspectives as the series has gone on. Dead Silence is the darkest (and bloodiest) so far.

Dead Silence is part paranormal part mystery.  I love the mystery part because so few YA books are mystery books.  How difficult is it to pull a mystery together – to get all the parts to fit?
Because I’m not giving the reader all the clues to solve a crime, they’re really kind of a mash-up between mystery and thriller. But getting all the plot threads tied up and the holes filled is definitely the biggest challenge to the books, which usually takes some serious tweaking during revisions.

Tell about your writing process.  How long did it take you to write Dead Silence from idea to finish?  Please tell about revision if you can!
I had the idea for Dead Silence for quite a while before I actually sat down to write it—I knew I wanted it to be based on a Manson-like cult. But the actual first draft only took me about two months to write (deadlines will do that to you!). My editor and I went back and forth about three times, which is fairly typical for us. The first round is pretty intense. I get what I call “the compliment sandwich letter”. It starts off with something really positive, like, “This is a great first draft…” and then delves into all the bad stuff (eight pages of everything that needs to be fixed), and finishes up with more positive stuff, something along the lines of, “we know you can do it!” That round takes me about a month to turn around. The next round is lighter and takes me about a week, and the third round is generally light line edits (word changes, etc.), and takes me about a day or two.

When you were in middle school kind of student were you?  Did you write then?
I’ve pretty much known that I wanted to write since the 7th grade, when I took journalism as my elective credit. Of course back then I had big dreams of becoming a world famous jet-setting journalist covering wars and famines. When I was older, and realized what being a real journalist entailed (living in tents without showers, malaria, facing gunfire), I realized that writing books from the safety of my home would be a little less…dangerous, and a lot more clean!    

And because it's the owl my standard question always is: WHOOO do you admire when it comes to writing? OR WHOOO do you like to read or really enjoyed in HS or middle school?           
I’d love to say someone very literary, like Harper Lee since To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite book ever. But honestly, I have to admit it’s much more likely that it was Stephen King. I grew up reading his books and wishing I could tell the kinds of stories he did (the ones that scared people the way he scared me).  Yes, that sounds twisted.  And yes, I blame Stephen King.

The Fun Questions! (based on what middle school students do!)

Do you chew gum? Yes or No  If yes favorite kind? 
Absolutely. My favorite is Nerds bubble gum!

Do you text?
Of course. I had to learn as soon as my kids became teens. If texting had been around when I was in school, I’m afraid my phone would have been confiscated way too often! :)

Was school lunch just as yucky then as it is now?!
 I think it was even grosser and greasier then. I don’t think we even had salads.

Thank you Kimberly for joining us!  And I will blame Stephen King, but only if I get to blame John Saul for all the stuff that scared me!!!

Ok the Giveaway


Thanks to CBB Tours for hosting! Check out the page for this tour HERE.

And check out the other tour stops!

April 1 
I'm a Book Shark ~ Review

April 2
Gizmos Reviews ~ Review
Bewitched Bookworms ~ Guest Post

April 3
Gone Pecan ~ Review & Interview
Vy's Blog ~ Review & Teaser Quotes

April 4 
The Starry Eyed Revue ~ Review & Teaser Quote

April 5
Hope, Love and Happy Endings ~ Review & Teaser Quote
Reading Lark ~ Review & Book BFF

April 6
Paperback Princess ~ Review & Interview

April 7
A GREAT Read ~ Review & Guest Post

April 8 
Books Live Forever ~ Review & Teaser Quote

April 9
Alice Marvels ~ Review & Playlist

April 10 
Fic Fare ~ Review & Teaser Quote
Itching for Books ~ Guest Post

April 11 
TSK, TSK, What to Read? ~ Review & Teaser Quote
Novel Nerd ~ Review

April 12
Books-n-Kisses ~ Review

April 13
Bittersweet Enchantment ~ Review & This or That Interview
Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks ~ Review and Teaser Quotes

April 14 
Dana Square ~ Review & Teaser Quotes
Kindred Dreamheart ~ Guest Post

April 15 
Books With Bite ~ Review & Teaser Quotes
The O.W.L. ~ Review & Interview


  1. Awesome interview. Loved hearing about Kimberly's writing process. Eight pages of revision suggestions sounds intense. Glad to hear there's some good praise in it too.

  2. I wanted to be a journalist too but I found out pretty quickly that it was harder than I expected (just from journalism class) so I let go of that dream...
    Thanks so much for hosting a stop on the tour!

  3. Great interview. Thanks for posting it and for running the giveaway.

  4. First of all, I love owls!! :) Secondly, great interview. And thirdly, I just this week downloaded the audio of the first book in this series and I'm listening to it now. Eeeekk!!! :D

  5. I'm so excited to start reading this series! :D

    - Ava

  6. Love this series, especially The Last Echo! I'm excited to find out how Violet handles her own echo!


  7. I love this series and can't wait to see how it ends! Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Thanks for the post.. enjoyed reading it :)

    - Diana @amalia_chartres

  9. Cool review and interview!! Loved the questions! Can't wait for this book. <3

  10. Love the interview! Over the course of this tour I have enjoyed learning more about this author, who is a favorite of mine. And I really must try this Nerds bubble gum she keeps talking about. Sounds delicious. I cannot wait for Dead Silence to get on my shelf! I plan to have a Body Finder marathon that weekend, and eating lots of chocolate and chomping on some Nerds gum if I can find it! Thanks for participating in the tour!