Ha! You know, this is by far my husband’s favorite question. If you ask him, he’ll tell you that he’s practically my co-author because he came up with the idea about someone who could find dead bodies. Of course, what he conveniently forgets is that his idea was for about a middle grade boy. Right after he told me his idea, I bumped it up to YA, made the main character a teenage girl (just to be difficult), and worked out the details of Violet’s creepy ability. :)
The Body Finder is your debut novel, congrats! Was it your first finished book?
My first book (and I use that term loosely) was called ONE OF THEM. It was a horror novel that I wrote when I was 19 and even though I got an agent to represent me way back then, I can now honestly say that I’m glad it never got published. That’s one trunk novel that will stay locked away forever! :)
I love writing YA because it’s a great excuse to connect with my teenage self. Sometimes I think we all forget what it was like to be a teen and this genre is a great reminder. Plus, I’m surrounded by teens all the time, so I’m constantly
spying doing research at home.
Will there be a sequel to The Body Finder?
Yes, it’s called Desires of the Dead and it’s due out in 2011!
What are some of your favorite books and authors?
My all-time favorite book is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. In the YA genre, there are so many talented authors that I’m afraid if I tried to name my favorites, I’d forget someone!
Can you give us any hints on what you're working on now?
I would love to tell you but I’m so crazy-superstitious that I hardly tell anyone, sometimes not even my agent. (Please don’t tell her I just said that ;)
Thanks again Kimberly!