Welcome to The Offering Author Kimberly Derting! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions about your life and book!
Kimberly Derting is the author of the BODY FINDER series, THE PLEDGE trilogy, and THE TAKING (coming April 2014 from HarperTeen). 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.
The Offering Interview with Kimberly Derting:
Welcome to Cuzinlogic! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
I’m the author of THE BODY FINDER series, THE PLEDGE trilogy, and the upcoming THE TAKING (coming April 2014 from HarperTeen). I’ve been writing since I was twelve, but only published since 2010 when THE BODY FINDER first hit shelves. It’s been a whirlwind ever since!
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
There are so many things I loved about writing THE OFFERING, but my favorite was the dramatic conclusion to the series. While writing it, my heart would start beating like crazy during some scenes, which is always exciting for me!
Being the final book in the trilogy, I was worried about tying all the threads together in a way that would give both myself, and the readers, the closure we all deserved. I didn’t necessarily need it to be all “and everyone lived happily ever after,” but I wanted it to be satisfying, and I hope readers feel that it was.
How did you come up with the title for this book?
We agonized over different titles for months! It was brutal! Then, out of nowhere, my cover designer, the brilliant Michael McCartney—who just so happens to be a linguist as well—threw out the idea of THE OFFERING. When I heard it, I knew immediately it was perfect title for this book!
What books were among your childhood favorites and why?
When I was growing up, we didn’t have the great Young Adult selection there is today, so I went right from books like CHARLOTTE’S WEB, BLACK BEAUTY, and THE BOXCAR CHILDREN, to reading the books my mom had lying around the house, which were ghost stories by John Saul and horror novels by Stephen King. So, I was introduced to the world of horror by the time I was twelve or thirteen, and Stephen King was the master as far I was concerned.
What genre do you write and why?
I was writing YA before I knew I was writing YA. The main character in my first book was sixteen years old but I thought it was an adult horror novel. I think I’m drawn to teen characters because everything they experience is so surface-level. Every day is the best day they’ve ever had or the worst day they’ve ever had. It’s just fun to write characters who see the world in a completely different way than adults do. (Or maybe I just secretly wish I was still a teenager!)
What are your favorite movies and TV series based on books? Did you read the book before or after you saw the movie or TV series?
One of my all-time favorite book-to-film adaptations is Michael Crichton’s JURASSIC PARK (and I read it after I saw the movie!). JURASSIC PARK, the book even more than the movie, is one of the best examples of how to do really good suspense. Even though I knew what was going to happen (because, like I said, I’d already seen the movie, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading. A more recent example would be the HUNGER GAMES and CATCHING FIRE. I absolutely loved the books and the movies!
Have you ever written anything that you thought would be controversial and found it wasn’t?
When I was writing The Body Finder, I worried that the scenes from the serial killer’s POV would be too disturbing for YA, so there were far fewer of them in my first manuscript. When I got the note from my editor saying, “we want more of these!” I was thrilled. I loved writing those scenes, and they were entirely too easy for me to write. (And, yes, I realize that makes me sound sick and twisted!)
What’s your ‘guilty pleasure’ TV show?
Duck Dynasty. There, I said it. I’m a huge Si Robertson fan. I love his quotes: “I’m the master of distractions. A couple of hand gestures and BAM! I’ll pull the underwear clean out of your butt.ʺ
What can your readers expect from you next?
The first book of my new series, THE TAKING, comes out April 29th, 2014. It’s about a girl who wakes up after what she thinks is one night, only to realize that five years have passed and everyone she loves has moved on without her…yet she hasn’t aged a day.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
I hope everyone had a fabulous 2013, and has an even better 2014!
Thanks Kimberly, for joining us today and good luck with THE TAKING.
True love—and world war—is at stake in the conclusion to The Pledge trilogy, a dark and romantic blend of dystopia and fantasy.
Charlie, otherwise known as Queen Charlaina of Ludania, has become comfortable as a leader and a ruler. She’s done admirable work to restore Ludania’s broken communications systems with other Queendoms, and she’s mastered the art of ignoring Sabara, the evil former queen whose Essence is alive within Charlie. Or so she thinks.
When the negotiation of a peace agreement with the Queendom of Astonia goes awry, Charlie receives a brutal message that threatens Ludania, and it seems her only option is to sacrifice herself in exchange for Ludanian freedom.
But things aren’t always as they seem. Charlie is walking into a trap—one set by Sabara, who is determined to reclaim the Queendoms at any cost.
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