Thursday, April 29, 2010

Really, Kim? Really???

Do you ever look back on something you did and go, seriously, did I really?

Yeah, I had one of those moments when I was digging through the box-o’-memories I unearthed from my garage. So, instead of sharing one of my ghastly high school poems, I’m gonna share something even more embarrassing…

A note I wrote…


to myself…


in my own yearbook.

Oh yes I did!

The year: 1985. And apparently I was too cool for school. Or at least I thought I was because I penned this impressive little message telling myself as much.





My favorite part: That I felt the need to share my own phone number. With myself.

(Maybe I thought I’d forget it. Or maybe I just thought I was frickin’ hilarious…WOW!)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

CHAT TONIGHT!


I'm doing a live online chat tonight with Kari from A Good Addiction, so join us at 4:30 Pacific/6:30 Central time!!!

Here are the chat instructions:

To register for the forum, go to this link.

It is really quick and will send an email to whatever account you register with- you have to click the link in the email to validate your account. Once you've done that, you can return to the main forum page, and log in with the button at the top right of the page.


Once you are logged in, the chat box will appear at the bottom of the main forum page. There is a log in button for the box itself at the top right of it. If you don't log in, it will just say you are disconnected.

See? Simple!

It's gonna be fun, so don't miss it!!!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

FLASHBACK, Love Poem!!!

Today we’re kickin’ it up a notch! That’s right, peeps, I’m talkin’ Old School Love Day! The kind of Old School Love that makes you do things like…

…lock yourself in your bedroom and write really cheesy poetry while listening to The Scorpions belt out classics like “No One Like You.”

And this time it wasn’t about Cheryl and Russ. This time I was the one in love, so this poem cuts right to the heart of the matter. It was just me, that stone-cold-fox Brad, and all of my hopes and dreams. (Sadly, I can just imagine my 16-year-old self with tears streaming down my cheeks as I composed this little gem.)

And note the silver pen, which surely = True Love Always.

Also note my random use of semicolons, which clearly I had no idea how to use.

The pic: Homecoming Dance 1984. The guy next to me was neither my date nor Brad (although I do like how he gave me a shout-out when he signed my yearbook). My date was the poor guy standing behind me…also not Brad.


The poem, in case you couldn’t read it:

BRAD

You’re my dream;
with all your charms.
The one I want so.
In my arms.

Far in Dreamland;
I can see,
you knealing down;
in front of me.

You take my hand,
give me your heart;
you promise that,
we’ll never part.

You say you love me,
I wish it true,
In Dreamland,
All because of you!


(Why couldn’t Brad just love me back??? Maybe if he'd seen the poem...)

Monday, April 26, 2010

FLASHBACK, Day One!!!

So last week I posted the list I found while I was cleaning the garage that my daughter and her friend made of Fun Stuff To Do, but what I didn’t mention was that I found some stuff of my own while I was out there digging around. Old stuff.

Stuff from HIGH SCHOOL!

I found a box filled with really, really bad poems, yearbooks, and pics of me in highschool.

And I’m gonna share!!!

I’ve decided that each day this week I’m going to post a poem and a picture, so you too can laugh at my tragic poetry and my hideous feathered hair-dos and high-waisted jeans (there are so many things I don’t miss about the 80s!).

So, first up is my Ode to Cheryl and Russ (one of my best friends and her long-time boyfriend). I know this was from either 9th or early 10th grade because they broke up during our Sophomore year...*sheds a tear*.

I love that I was writing poetry about my friends’ love lives, and the fact that I inserted myself in the last line, like I was part of their relationship…it feels very Summer Lovers.

But better yet, check out my mad rhyming skills…ain’t nothing sappy about that!

(I just realized it might be kind of hard to read--and you wouldn't want to miss it--so I spelled it out for you at the bottom...haha!)

Oh, and the picture: I’m the one in the middle, sportin' the really cool bangs and wearing what looks like a Toga, so I’m guessing it was Spirit Week. Cheryl is on the far right, the one with the come-hither stare. You can see why Russ loved her.

I don't know which is more embarrassing, the godawful poem or the sweet picture!

And in case you couldn't read the poem, here's the breakdown:

CHERYL AND RUSS

A boy, a girl;
Two friends of mine.
The love they share
is a special sign.

They’re love so young,
so good, so complete.
There’s something, they
have, that makes it sweet.

I love them both;
in a special way,
We share good things.
Things we do and say

Without them I’m empty,
my life’s incomplete.
I love her, I love him;
Our love can’t be beat.

(Even I wanna say: OMG, for realz, Kim?!?!)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

A Signing in Tacoma!

If you're in the Tacoma area this Friday, April 30th, I'll be signing books at Barnes & Noble from 5-8PM!

Barnes & Noble
5711 Main St. SW
Lakewood, WA. 98499


I'd love to see you there!!!!

And don't forget, less than three weeks till I see you folks in British Columbia (at the Chapters Store in Kamloops)!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Things You Discover (and stuff)...

So I was cleaning out the garage and I found this awesome list that my daughter and her friend made. It's great because not only is it filled with useful tips for those boring days when you have nothing to do...but also...it's HILARIOUS!

My favorite item: #12 (although I'm not sure if you have to have the box for the Time Travel, or if you have to travel through time to find the box...either way, it sounds wicked fun!!!)

I also appreciate their use of the word "stuff" as a catch-all phrase, I think it shows a certain...umm, creativity on their part. Yeah...





So consider this like a Public Service Announcement or something (and don't say I never did anything for you).

Now, get out there and "run around and stuff!"

Monday, April 19, 2010

Look What Realm Made...


Realm Lovejoy recently interviewed me, and to go along with the interview, she created this beautiful illustration of my main character Violet (also in keeping with the cover theme).

I love it! Do you love it???

To see the actual interview, check out her blog, but I just wanted to say: THANK YOU, REALM, IT'S GORGEOUS!!!!!!!

(Okay, and seriously, is Realm Lovejoy not the coolest author name you've ever heard??? Way cooler than Kimberly Derting, which sounds a lot like "Dirty.")

Saturday, April 17, 2010

No Sweatpants Allowed (New Tour Dates Announced!)

Dude! If Harper gets to announce it, then so do I:

I FINALLY HAVE DATES FOR THE HARPERTEEN SUPERNATURAL SUMMER TOUR!!!!

Okay, so everyone in the Dallas, Houston, Chicago, and San Diego areas, here they are…real dates and real times:

Thursday, June 03, 2010 (with Aprilynne Pike, Kim Harrison, and Ellen Schreiber)
7:00 PM
Borders
965 West Bethany Drive
Allen, TX

Friday, June 04, 2010 (with Kelley Armstrong, Kim Harrison, and Ellen Schreiber)
7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
1201 Lake Woodlands Drive
The Woodlands, TX

Saturday, June 05, 2010 (with Kelley Armstrong, Kim Harrison, and Ellen Schreiber)
2:00 PM
ANDERSON'S BOOKSTORE
123 W Jefferson AVE
Naperville, IL 60540

Sunday, June 06, 2010 (with Kelley Armstrong, Kim Harrison, and Ellen Schreiber)
2:00 PM
MYSTERIOUS GALAXY BOOKSTORE
STE 302 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92111

So you know the drill, I don’t want to be the uber-loser on the tour with no one in MY line, so pleasepleaseplease stop by and see me. I’ll even sign stuff…my books, other people’s books, cute babies, my fellow Supernatural Summer Tour authors…whatever you want me to sign!

Disclaimer: The other Supernatural Summer Tour authors will probably NOT let me sign them.

While I’m dusting off my luggage and gettin’ me some fancy new “tourin’ clothes” (and by fancy new tourin’ clothes, I mean clothes other than my comfy sweatpants), be sure to start making plans to come by one of these stops to say hello!

Disclaimer: I will probably still bring my comfy sweatpants…and maybe, even, my blue robe.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

TWO MORE COUNTRIES HAVE FALLEN (Okay, that may be a little dramatic but…)

What do Germany, Turkey, Russia, and Poland all have in common???

Well, yes, they’re all countries in Europe. And, no, I have never visited any of them. And I suppose technically, Russia and Turkey are Eurasian (crossing the lines of both Europe and Asia). But come on, people, that’s NOT what I was going for here!

What I am going for is that all of these countries will soon have copies of THE BODY FINDER on their shelves!

Yes, Ripol (Russia) and Nasza Ksiegarnia (Poland) have just joined Coppenrath (Germany) and Bilge Kulture (Turkey) as my foreign publishers for TBF so…..Dobro pozhalovat' and Witajcie (that’s Welcome in Russian and Polish…at least according to WikiAnswers!)

I can't express how excited I am to know that my book will be read by people on other continents in different languages...and I cannot wait to see their covers (and titles)!

I’m awed. And humbled.

And also seriously blown away!!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

My First Video Interview!

Before my signing in Portland last weekend, I was interviewed by Sara from Novel Novice. Besides asking some really great questions (and being a lot of fun!), she did a fabulous job editing the video and putting it all together! SOOOO, as much as I hate watching myself on video, I’ve decided to share it with all of you:



(Before you hit Play, don't you love the look on my face on the frozen screen??? One word: AWESOME!!!)

Calling All SW Washington Educators...

Barnes & Noble in Vancouver, Washington is throwing a big thank you party for all southwest Washington junior high and high school educators on April 15th. They’re giving special presentations (including one on the Nook!), giving away treats, goodie bags and loads of prizes, providing special deals and discounts exclusively for educators, and introducing the hottest new children's books.

HERE’S WHERE I COME IN:

MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATOR APPRECIATION EVENT
Featuring authors Kimberly Derting (THAT’S ME!!!) and Jeff Davis.
From 4:00 to 6:00 p
Thursday April 15, 2010 4:00 PM

Vancouver Plaza
7700 NE 4th Plain Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98662
360-253-9007

And that's not all...

Extra details and offers and how to RSVP - as well as the posting of dozens of additional free events - are here!

It takes so much to be an educator. A thank you celebration is the least we could do. Please join us!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!

I had the chance to meet author Heidi Willis in person when she flew from DC to Seattle for my book launch, and I am so glad she did!

Not only did we have a blast, but I’ve had her book SOME KIND OF NORMAL on my TBR pile since it came out in December (but, you guys, my stack of books is so high that I may have never gotten to it). So when I heard she was coming, I bumped her book right to the top. And, OMG, I just have to say: I LOVED THIS BOOK! Lovelovelove loved it! It’s the first non-YA book I’ve read in ages (not because I don’t love grown-up books, but just because there are so many great YAs I want to read), and this book SO did not disappoint!!!

But here’s the deal, the book itself sounds serious and deep, maybe even a little depressing, and at its core, the issue of a twelve-year-old girl dying from Type 1 Diabetes is a heavy one, but that’s not this book at all. This was a book about a family, it was about a woman trying to find herself, it was a love story, but mostly, it was about a mother’s choices. And all of these things were handled with such perfect care that they felt real and poignant, and at times, funny and bittersweet.

Ashley’s mother, Babs, is an uneducated white woman living in the bible belt of Texas and wondering why she doesn’t have the same unflinching faith that everyone around her does (including her husband and children). She goes through the motions, attending anti-abortion rallies and mouthing the words in church, but privately she worries that God will strike her down for lack of faith.

It’s Babs’ voice that keeps you reading, she’s just so unapologetic about her lack of education, and so genuine, and she has a great sense of humor that is just self-deprecating enough to be endearing. One of my favorite things is that throughout the book Babs refers to the fact that she’s secretly studying her son's SAT vocab words, and she sprinkles them into her internal monologue, explaining the meaning to the reader (as if we’d never heard the word “surreal” before). I honestly fell in love with this woman. I already have a thing for Southern voices, and Heidi Willis nailed these characters for me.

So not only should you buy the book (and here’s the link to order it!), but I’ve invited Heidi to stop by and answer a few questions for us:

1) You get into an elevator and someone immediately asks you what your book is about. What’s your elevator-pitch description? Keep in mind, there are only 3 floors in our imaginary building and you just pushed the button for floor 2.

An uneducated Texan mom finds out her 12 year old daughter is dying from a rare and incurable complication of diabetes, and she determines to find a cure, even if it's an unethical treatment that will cost her her friends, family, and even possibly her daughter. But it's funny. There's this hilarious Willy Wonka scene. And a teenage boy with a multi-colored mohawk. Only, you'll probably cry too. Maybe that was just me, though. Is that the fastest elevator in history or what?

2) Where do you get most of your writing done? Better yet, can you show us a picture (before you clean up) of where all of the magic happens?


If I was entirely truthful, I'd send you a photo of the pool where my daughters have swim team practice, because I probably write more words there than anything. Something about lack of internet, I think. Or possibly the kitchen sink, where I spend an inordinate amount of time cleaning dishes. (Seriously, how do those things multiply like breeding rabbits??). But I mostly plot there - you know, write in my head. I don't actually write, because...you know... it's wet. And my hands are busy.

So this is where I usually write when I'm home:

I know this doesn't look like a serious workspace for a writer, but I hate desks. I used to use a couch that was VERY comfy, but we have a puppy now that has to be at my feet all the time, usually dropping slobbery toys in my lap and on the computer. I discovered that he LOVES this window, and will spend hours looking out growling at the squirrels and deer, and nap in the sunlight, affording me a much greater chunk of time to focus. Also, the internet is very sketchy in the kitchen, which is a bonus for getting work done without constantly checking emails and such.

(I'm not going to call Heidi a liar or anything, but c'mon, neither my kitchen nor my writing area look that clean before I pick up! Who are you kidding, Heidi???)

3) What book or series do you wish that you wrote? And, no, you can’t say Twilight or Harry Potter because those are my answers.

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. The characters are so well drawn, the plot is incredible, and the writing is nothing short of stunning. (I named my puppy Scout - does that tell you anything?)


4) Ok, your book just won the SUPERFABLOUSGREATESTBOOKEVER award and you are asked to give an acceptance speech. Who are the top three people you thank and why?


Can I choose three groups? I'm going to pretend you said yes.

I'd like to thank my family - my fabulous husband and kids - for letting me take all this time to obsess – I mean write – when I should have been folding your clothes or cleaning toilets or fixing edible meals on time. And thanks to my writing group, without whom I might have given up after the 100th query, or gone on Prozac. And who made the book so much better than its first scribblings. Lastly, thanks to my parents, who always told me I should write; especially my dad who constantly hounded my poor husband as to why I wasn't writing. I love you all!!


5) Recently, the blogosphere had a day dedicated to all the great things our agents do for us. Can you tell us something you love about your agent? If you don’t have an agent, tell us something great about your editor.

My editor always wrote positive notes in the margins of my manuscript along with editing suggestions. Things like, "I cried right here," or "This paragraph is so beautifully written," or "I had to read this section three times because I kept forgetting to edit it... I got so drawn in by the characters and story, even though I've read it so many times!" Every time I got a section, I'd go through to read these comments first. It made the rest of revising and editing so much easier.

6) We know you are really, really good at writing, but what is something that you are you really, really bad at?

Team sports, especially if it involves a ball. Once an ophthalmologist asked me what I did when someone threw a baseball towards me. I said, "duck."


To find out more about Heidi, check out her website. And to order her book (because you should SO order her book!), click here!!!!

And because I really want to convince you, you should watch the trailer too:



Monday, April 5, 2010

MY SUPER-AWESOME WEEKEND!!!!!!!!!!



WHAT DO THESE THREE BOOKS HAVE IN COMMON????

All three authors came out to my book signing this weekend in Portland (and I came home with some new books!).

Okay, so GREAT EVENT!!!!

Like I said, the lovely Lisa Schroeder (picked up a signed copy of It's Raining Cupcakes for my daughter), Suzanne Young (if you haven't read The Naughty List you totally should...now I'm just waiting till June for So Many Boys), and LK Madigan (I FINALLY got my copy of Flash Burnout) all came to my signing at Powell's, as did SO MANY great readers and reviewers!!! (I was so nervous about no one showing up, and this was WAY more than I could have hoped for...so thanks, guys!)

Me looking all authorly in my reading glasses. (Or blind...whatever.)

Lisa Schroeder, Sara Gundell (Novel Novice), and LK Madigan


Me and Sara (we did a video interview beforehand and that should be up on her site Novel Novice soon!)

I love the I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER in the background!

Suzanne Young, Me, Lisa Schroeder, and Violet (The Eager Reader)

Suzanne, Me, Lisa, and Candace (Candace's Book Blog)

After such a whirlwind day, Easter was all down-time. We ate candy for breakfast, ordered pizza for a late lunch, watched The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and made chocolate chip cookies around dinnertime. My youngest stayed in her pajamas the entire day.

And thanks to the movie, I have a favorite new expression: What the Cuss??? (Trust me, it's WAY more kid-friendly than some of the other things I say.)