As we’ve mentioned a few times this week, we are HUGE fans of The Pledge by Kimberly Derting — so we’re thrilled today to share an exclusive Q&A with Kim, in which we pick her brain about the book and the future of this series.
The original idea for The Pledge came to me in pieces. The first piece was just a simple question: “What would it be like if someone could understand all languages?” But I definitely wanted the story itself to be bigger than just that component. I spent a lot of time thinking about how Charlie’s ability would work, what kind of world she would live in, and creating the monarchies and her friends and family, before I’d ever written a single word.
I know this is set in a somewhat alternate, dystopic, future world … but there is, of course, reference to the “old cities.” With that in mind … did you have a place in mind when you were writing about Ludania? Does it exist in a former somewhere we’d know about?
Great question, because I actually did have a place in mind, but, I’ve been keeping that location a secret for now. I will say that readers might be surprised if they actually knew where it was. That said, the world isn’t actually a future version of our world, which is how I’ve heard it described. It’s an alternate version of our world, and how that world might have evolved if magic were real. There are things that are very similar to our world and things that are very different.
THE PLEDGE was written as a standalone initially, but I know you always wanted it to be a series — and now that is coming to fruition! Can you share with us a bit on where the story will go in books two and three?
All I’ll say is that we’ll definitely be seeing a lot more of Sabara in the next book. And Charlie is not a fan!
As you know, I’m a huge fangirl for your other books, as well. But THE PLEDGE is quite different from THE BODY FINDER series. I also know you were working on both at the same time (writing one; editing the other) … tell us a bit about the challenges of flipping between the two series.
Number one challenge: Writing one book in third and the other in first person! The Body Finder is third person while The Pledge is in first. There would be huge sections where I’d be writing and realize Snap! I just wrote that whole thing from the wrong POV! And I’d have to go back through and change EVERYTHING. Very irritating!
Okay, if anyone still isn’t convinced they should read THE PLEDGE (at this point, I am glaring at all the hold-outs and naysayers), give us your one-sentence pitch. Why should people read this book?
Hmm…because there are evil queens, epic wars, and kissing scenes? 😉