As the author of a number of thrillers — such as her Kate Jones Thriller series and new Leine Basso series — it would seem that D.V. Berkom’s natural inclination is to keep readers “on the edge of their seats,” a tendency she explains away by saying that she grew up “on a steady diet of spy novels [and] James Bond movies and mysteries.”
Maybe. And maybe that’s just the way she’s really built. But you probably can’t pick up any hint of that from the details of her life: raised in the Midwest and graduating with a Political Science degree from the University of Minnesota, she lived on a sailboat in Mexico for a few years before settling in Seattle, Washington.
Pretty normal and peaceful. But there they are, her fast-growing library of heart-thumping thrillers that keep you guessing until the last page. Makes one wonder sometimes, you know?
In 2010, after D.V. finished the second of two full-length Kate Jones thrillers, a friend suggested she do a prequel. She did, and signed on with a boutique ebook publisher, releasing in serial form what eventually became the novella, Bad Spirits. D.V. looked into Kindle Direct Publishing, however, and figured out she “was looking at a phenomenal opportunity to publish my work and retain much of the control by going out on my own.” Graciously (and fortunately), the ebook publisher gave back her rights to her work.
So, in the spring of 2011, D.V. released her self-published work on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords. She’s published a number of new titles since then, and her sales have been “gradually” moving up, enough that in July 2012, she reports that she quit her day job and now writes full-time!
Article by Eldon Sarte