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Interview with Bethany Hensel, author of Unstoppable

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Derek Archer’s life is finally beginning. He’s just about to graduate from high school, land the job he’s always wanted, and move in with the girl he’s always loved, Victoria. There’s no reason for him to question or want for anything. …until the day Victoria’s father is shot and killed, setting off a devastating, heartbreaking chain of reactions.

Now, the race is on, and Derek has only three days to right a terrible wrong. With the help of a childhood friend with a penchant for high-tech espionage, they investigate every lead, never imagining their search would take them deep into the heart of a seemingly perfect family, where old ghosts, bitter lies, and agonizing betrayal all collide. It’s then Derek discovers just how unimaginable the truth can be…and how unstoppable.

Sounds very exciting. We can’t quite judge what genre it is. We’re guessing it’s a thriller.
Unstoppable is New Adult romantic suspense.

Unstoppable will appeal to readers who enjoy coming of age stories…but with an extra kick. It will appeal to readers who enjoy watching characters tackle literal life and death obstacles. It will appeal to readers who enjoy a hefty dose of romance, but not too graphic. And it will appeal to readers who are looking for a quick read filled with heart, action, and suspense.

Tell us about Derek
Derek Archer is 19 years old. He’s blond and blue-eyed and about 6′ tall. He’s studying to be a doctor, which is perfect for him because he loves science and logic and math and chemistry. He’s extremely
close to his parents and when he loves someone, he loves them all the way. If I were to use a word to describe him, I’d say he was honorable. You know that when he makes a promise, he’ll follow through with it.

Sounds like a great guy. Is that what you’re like?
Hmmm, good question! I don’t see too much of myself in my main character, besides the family aspect. I am extremely close to my family and they do define a lot of who I am. But I’m horrible at math, especially mental arithmetic. I can’t even watch those medical shows that show surgeries.

But now that I think about it, I guess another thing I share with Derek is that we’re both incredibly loyal. We’re like the captain of Titanic…we’ll both go down with the ship.

Sounds like you have a lot of affection for him. Will you be revisiting him?
I am working on the sequel to Unstoppable right now, as well as a novella that answers a lot of questions about a secondary character, Sabrina.

Oh good.
Tell us about yourself.
I’m best known as an arts and entertainment writer.  Notable interviews I’ve done have been with NBC Last Comic Standing semi-finalist and 2013 Academy Awards writer Jesse Joyce, Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame Award winner Sarah Chang, Sex and the City actor Bryan Callen, internationally-renowned psychic medium John Edward, Criss Angel’s Phenomenon television show winner magician Mike Super, Emmy winner Hank Phillippi Ryan, two-time silver medalist figure skater Marie-France Dubreuil, CEO of the Romantic Times Kathryn Falk, and a plethora of authors, editors and agents such as Marie Lu, Jeaniene Frost, Julia Quinn, Nathan Bransford, Jodi Reamer and Kristin Nelson. I also review tons of shows per year, from Pulitzer-Prize wining plays to beloved musicals to one-act shows.

I was originally born in Seoul, South Korea but adopted when I was young, I was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and am one of fourteen children.  As a child, I performed with the Pittsburgh All-City Honors Jr. Strings Symphony and the Pittsburgh All-City Honors Orchestra. I won second place in a national baton twirling competition with the Modernettes when I was 11.  And I am an avid animal rights activist.

That’s me in a nutshell.

Do you have a website where we can keep up with your work?
I have a website! bethanyhensel.com. I update it a lot.

What about social media?
You can follow me on Twitter at @b_twon13.

How easily do new storylines come to you? If we give you four random words – Man, Woman, Airport, Darkness – can you give us a brief storyline?
Y’know, I love that part of storytelling, where you just have a kernel of an idea and you can really let your imagination run wild. So using those four words – man, woman, airport, darkness – my synapses immediately start firing and I imagine a man and woman (mid-twenties, dating for probably about five years, maybe six, cute couple, both brunette) and they’re walking their dog Airport (a cute Corgi who got his name because he was found running loose at the airport where the woman is a pilot) and all of a sudden, the beautiful summer day (72 degrees, not a cloud in the sky) goes absolutely dark. Airport starts barking. And the man and woman know that something terrible is about to emerge from that darkness. They all brace themselves…only to discover that terrible thing is already beside them.

What’s next?
Writing, writing and more writing! Interviewing, interviewing and more interviewing. And my year is already packed with shows!

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