DV Berkom


DV Berkom is a slave to the voices in her head. As the author of two bestselling thriller series (Leine Basso and Kate Jones), her love of creating resilient, kick-*ss female characters stems from a lifelong addiction to reading spy novels, mysteries, and thrillers, and longing to find the female equivalent within those pages.

Raised in the Midwest, she received her BA in political science from the University of Minnesota and promptly moved to Mexico to live on a sailboat. Many, many cross-country moves (and several years) later, she now lives just outside of Seattle, Washington with the love of her life, Mark, an ex-chef-turned contractor, and writes every chance she gets.

For more information, please visit her website at www.dvberkom.com.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Midwest region of the US, dividing my time between a small town and a major city (my parents liked to move a lot). I think the work ethic instilled in me while growing up helped me immensely with my writing. Self-discipline is key to any real output, at least for me. That, and being able to adjust to change. Small towns and big cities are vastly different from each other and I like to think learning to adapt has helped me deal with the shifting sands of self-publishing.
When did you first start writing?
The first thing I remember writing was an illustrated short story about the joys of housework at age seven. Even then, I had tongue firmly in cheek...

As for novels, I finished my first in 2006. Even though I made every mistake known to newbie writers (and some unknown) the rush of accomplishment I experienced had me hooked. Now I can't imagine myself doing anything else.
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Where to find DV Berkom online

Where to buy in print


Bad Traffick (Leine Basso Thriller)
Dangerous obsessions take center stage when a former assassin and a homicide detective race against the clock to find a missing girl before she's sold to the highest bidder.

Bad Spirits (1-5) Kate Jones Thriller #1
BAD SPIRITS (Books 1-5) is the first novella in the Kate Jones Thriller Series. Kate Jones is on the run with a backpack full of money, intent on finding her way back to the United States from Mexico. Unfortunately, a ruthless drug lord named Salazar is just as intent on finding her, retrieving his stolen money, and making her pay for ever having left him. Is there anyone she can trust?


A One Way Ticket to Dead
Series: Kate Jones Thriller, Book 7. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,510. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2014. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
After years of running from her ex—a vicious Mexican drug lord—and his subsequent death, Kate Jones is ready to bury the past and try to piece together a new normal. But first, there’s a loose end to tie and it involves digging up old ghosts that are best left alone. Unaware her actions have attracted the notice of a powerful enemy Kate is plunged into a deadly fight for survival.
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie (A Kate Jones Short)
Series: Kate Jones Thriller. Price: Free! Words: 6,950. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A fast-paced Kate Jones Short Story. (Originally appeared in Serial Sleuths: Vol. 1 Anthology) With time running out, Kate Jones searches for her missing friend, Rana, and comes face-to-face with a Navajo shapeshifter... ...or does she?
Yucatan Dead (Kate Jones Thriller #6)
Series: Kate Jones Thriller, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,930. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Hunted by a ruthless cartel boss, Kate Jones finds herself deep in the Yucatan determined to fight the evil that pursues her.
Bad Traffick, A Leine Basso Novel
Series: Leine Basso Thriller, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 59,150. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Dangerous obsessions take center stage when a former assassin and a homicide detective race against the clock to find a missing girl before she's sold to the highest bidder.
The Kate Jones Thriller Series: Vol. 1 (Boxed Set)
Series: Kate Jones Thriller. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,040. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
A boxed set of the first four novellas in the best-selling Kate Jones Thriller Series. Includes Bad Spirits, Dead of Winter, Death Rites and Touring for Death.
Cruising for Death--The 5th Kate Jones Thriller
Series: Kate Jones Thriller, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,660. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
CRUISING FOR DEATH is #5 in the Kate Jones Thriller series and is a full-length novel. Kate and Cole are on a luxury cruise in the Caribbean when a passenger dies of an apparent heart attack and the ship is boarded by modern-day pirates. Along with two other passengers, Kate is kidnapped by a long-lost enemy who wants to settle an old score.
Serial Date: A Leine Basso Novel
Series: Leine Basso Thriller, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,740. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
When a former assassin's daughter is abducted, she's drawn into the twisted game of a serial killer who may be a grisly remnant from her past.
Touring for Death--The 4th Kate Jones Thriller
Series: Kate Jones Thriller, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,560. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
TOURING FOR DEATH-(Novella #4) Kate Jones is hiding out from her shady past driving jeep tours through the rugged high desert of northern Arizona, determined to stop looking over her shoulder and find peace from her mistake of a gun-toting, former life. Testifying against a Mexican drug lord and a dirty DEA agent didn't turn out to be a life enhancing choice and she's been on the move ever since.
Death Rites--The 3rd Kate Jones Thriller
Series: Kate Jones Thriller, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,280. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
DEATH RITES (Novella #3) When Kate has to leave Alaska (and Sam) behind, she runs to the last place she remembers feeling safe: the North Shore of Oahu. Against her better judgment, she re-establishes old connections, and soon faces a new problem in Alek, a gifted carver and avid surfer.
Dead of Winter--The 2nd Kate Jones Thriller
Series: Kate Jones Thriller, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,880. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
DEAD OF WINTER (Novella)Kate Jones is hiding out in small town Alaska when she witnesses an execution-style murder. Convinced the killers are Salazar's men, she reports the crime to local law enforcement, hoping to put them off her trail so she can escape. What she gets is Sam, an enigmatic officer with a mysterious past who's been assigned to watch over her as the hunt for the killers deepens
Bad Spirits (Novella) Kate Jones Thriller #1
Series: Kate Jones Thriller, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 24,170. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Originally published as a serial chronicling Kate Jones' race through Mexico, Bad Spirits Books 1-5 is a fast-paced, action-packed novella. Just when you think Kate's escaped one impossible dilemma, she's thrown into another perilous situation. Can she survive long enough to make it out alive?

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Smashwords book reviews by DV Berkom

  • Postcards from Mr. Pish: South and West Edition (Volume 4) on May 03, 2013

    Sweet Mr. Pish! The Postcards from Mr. Pish series is a fabulous way to teach children about the world around them, and at the same time promote literacy. Travel with the intrepid little pooch as he introduces the reader to the southern and western United States in this installment, all done through postcards from Mr. Pish. The author's photographs lend a fun visual to the tale (tail?) and whets the readers' appetite for travel. Why not start your adventure today?
  • Drawing Breath on Feb. 13, 2014

    Stellar Novel with Well-Drawn Characters Drawing Breath simply took my breath away with its well-drawn characters and absorbing story line. Boris deftly weaves together the stories of Daniel and Caitlin, the 2 main protagonists in the book, and I found myself pulled back again and again into their lives and the lives of those around them. Boris writes as a humanist, showing us the intrinsic value in the everyday. I was impressed with her ability to weave in the small events that (generally unnoticed) wind up giving so much meaning to our lives. Her willingness to write about the big events of life with uncommon sensitivity also speaks to her humanity. Highly recommended.