Hi there!

Writer. Editor. Animal Lover. Teacher. Entrepreneur. Optimist.

I have to thank my Grandma for the cardboard box of books. It began a great love affair with reading, one that started with Jude Deveraux’s Temptation and has lasted through many (many many many) more stories. But it wasn’t until Harlan Coben’s one-two punch (Tell No One and Gone For Good) that I tried my hand at writing. I loved it.

I began my first novel in 2007, at the same time I began working in publishing as an entertainment writer for Pittsburgh-based Lux Magazine. After three years there, I branched off and created my own arts and entertainment website, where I’ve interviewed hundreds of authors, actors, comedians, singers, agents, editors, world-champions,  and even a politician or two.

Books aren’t my only passion, though. I’m a huge animal lover and am working hard to accomplish one of my biggest soul projects ever, The Boli Foundation. What can I say? I love animals! I also love movies and makeup, reading and playing sports, singing out loud and talking on the phone. 

Mostly though, I firmly believe that everyone has unique and wonderful gifts inside them, and we can all do good in the world. I believe in positive energy and love. I try to live each day giving as much as I can.  

Thank you so much for stopping by and wanting to get to know me a little bit more. 


Quick Facts

Edward & Bolitar, April & Delilah – I have two black cats, my devilish hungry hippos. I also have two sweet dogs, but because of said devilish fattys, they currently reside at my parents’ house.

Speaking of animals, I’m pretty sure Rolly from 101 Dalmations is my Spirit Animal. I’m about 80% vegan, so my go to kitchen snacks are rice and uh, rice. And ummmm….rice.

I am excellent at making tofu delicious.

I have a VERY large family. I can easily choreograph the So Long, Farewell song from Sound of Music and still have kids left over for the audience. And yes, I have done this. My family is pretty much the reason I do everything, and no one can make me laugh harder than my younger brother Zach.

I am a huge MCU fan. Cap is my favorite, especially with his long bouncy hair, and I will beat you in trivia. I am not emotionally, mentally or spiritually prepared for Infinity War. If Cap dies….

John Lennon was my first crush ever, followed by Jack Dawson, Michael Corleone, Spot Collins, Prince Caspian and so so many more. *faints

If you think I won’t have Zuul dog statues in front of my house, you don’t know me after all.

Avatar the Last Airbender is the greatest show on earth. 

FAQs

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Long Bio – Official

With a career spanning over ten years, Bethany Hensel is best known for her work as an arts and entertainment writer, where she has compiled a vast and varied catalog of work.  Since her breakthrough into publishing in 2007, she has interviewed such people as 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, New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu and many more.

Her first job in publishing was as Senior Writer with Lux Magazine, where she was able to review dozens of incredible shows such as Circus Oz, Walking with Dinosaurs, and the Tony-award winning Amadeus, as well as interview amazing Pittsburgh people such as Artistic Producing Director of Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse Ronald Allan-Lindblom, actor and Richard Rogers Award-winning playwright Marcus Stevens, founder of Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre Andrew Paul, Mayor Luke Ravensthal and more.

Bethany also created six blog series, the first of which was the highly popular Pittsburgh Featured Model.  She followed that success with Booklover’s Tuesdays and Fridays as a way to promote the national Romantic Times Convention, which she also covered extensively.

That series afforded her the chance to meet and interview a plethora of international and national bestselling novelists such as Jeaniene Frost, Julie Anne Long, Barry Eisler, Christine Feehan, Mary Jo Putney, Kim Harrison, Heather Graham, Lisa Dale, Lori Foster, Celeste Bradley and Mary Balogh.

That series afforded her the chance to meet and interview a plethora of international and national bestselling novelists such as Jeaniene Frost, Julie Anne Long, Barry Eisler, Christine Feehan, Mary Jo Putney, Kim Harrison, Heather Graham, Lisa Dale, Lori Foster, Celeste Bradley and Mary Balogh.

Bethany’s questions were smart, insightful, and well-researched. It was an absolute pleasure to be interviewed by her.

-Julia Quinn, RITA Award Winner and New York Times bestselling author of the Bridgerton series

She co-authored Friday Night Rush, a series devoted entirely to the newly inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Rush.

Finally, with So Thrill Me, Seasons Readings, and Ten Most Fascinating People in Publishing, Bethany broadened her interviews to include literary agents and editors such as Jodi Reamer, Nathan Bransford, Kristin Nelson, and Dan Lazar in addition to authors Julia Quinn, Ally Carter, Sherry Thomas, Marianne Mancusi, Rachel Vincent, Kelli Stanley, JA Konrath, Jackson Pearce, Jason Pinter, Teresa Medeiros and more.

Bethany created her own arts and entertainment site in June 2012.

Since the site’s inception, Bethany has reviewed shows produced by the Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, City Theater and more.  She has also interviewed dozens of artists from all areas of entertainment, including Founding Artistic Director of The Company of Pittsburgh John Allen Biles, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre principal dancer Alexandra Kochis, RITA-award winner Gwyn Cready, cast members of the 25th anniversary touring company of Les Miserables including Peter Lockyer (Jean Valjean), Devin Ilaw (Marius) and Jason Forbach (Enjolras), IJA bronze medal champion Michael Karas, 2007 Pittsburgh’s Performer of the Year David Whalen; literary agent Sara Megibow and many others.

“I love what I do, I love getting to meet all of these extraordinary people and review all of these incredible shows and books. It’s inspiring. It really drives home how important and powerful the arts really are.”

~bethany hensel

In addition to overseeing her own site, Bethany continues her work as a writer for the prestigious Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where she has written critical essays and analysis on dazzling symphonic and orchestral works like Franz Haydn’s Concerto No. 2 in G major for Violin and Orchestra, Darius Milhauld’s Concertino de Printemps for Violin and Orchestra, Edvard Grieg’s Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 16, and Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, “From the New World”.  She has contributed articles to Pittsburgh’s City Paper as well as to the Tribune Review’s Wedding Essentials and Caregiver magazines.

A new chapter began in 2013 when Bethany published her first novel, Unstoppable, a young adult thriller that was called “romantic”, “fast-paced” and “sizzling”. She has since gone on to write several more young adult novels, as well as a contemporary romance series which will be released in 2019. 

Born in Seoul, South Korea but adopted when she was young, Bethany was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is one of fourteen children.  As a child, she performed with the Pittsburgh All-City Honors Jr. Strings Symphony and the Pittsburgh All-City Honors Orchestra. She won second place in a national baton twirling competition with the Modernettes of America when she was 11.  She is an avid animal rights activist and works with the Western PA Humane Society and its adoptable pets.

Quotables

Bethany Hensel’s vivacious style communicates itself through her writing almost as vividly as it does in person. A talented interviewer, Hensel not only does her prep-work, she uses her research to broach subjects other interviewers overlook, providing readers with true behind-the-scenes insights. 

-CJ Lyons, Award-winning medical suspense author

I had the pleasure of meeting Bethany in 2008 at Romantic Times, where she was interviewing novelists for Lux Magazine. I’ve been interviewed more times than I can count and I have to admit a certain sameness can creep in, but Bethany stood out because of the research she’d clearly done, the insight behind her questions, and for her poise, wit, and delightful personality. I think she would make a first-rate addition to any media organization and give her my highest recommendation.

Barry Eisler, International bestselling author of the Raine series

For our interview, Bethany was extremely well researched, perfectly prepared, and her infectious energy made the interview effortless and incredibly fun.  Interviewing with Bethany felt like catching up with a friend who’s known you for years, even though we’d just met!  Aside from being a professional who is clearly passionate about her work, she has a gift for turning casual conversation into a beautiful, cohesive, enjoyable read. The mark of a good journalist is the ability to capture spoken essence in written word, and that describes Bethany to a T!

Lara Hayhurst, Singer and actress *Sound of Music, Legally Blond, Thoroughly Modern Millie, etc.

Hensel is the Jeremy Lin of interviewers You think you know what to expect then she blows away your expectations. She does more than listen. She perceives.

Gwyn Cready, RITA Award Winning romance author

Bethany Hensel is an outstanding writer and assisted me greatly from our first contact with each other. Ms. Hensel was professional, courteous and went above and beyond mere promotion of our upcoming event. She personally created a bi-weekly blog…prior to the convention. I received very positive and appreciative feedback from the authors she interviewed.Bethany made my job a breeze by making everyone at ease that she interviewed, and by maintaining constant coverage. It was an incredibly successful event, and we owe a great deal of that to the local media coverage we received I look forward to working with Ms. Hensel again.

-Lisa Watson, Co-Publicist of the Romantic Times Booklover’s Convention 2008

Bethany Hensel is a wonderful interviewer, a professional who is natural and puts everyone around her at ease while asking incisive questions that lead to all kinds of interesting thought and conversation. I am happy to speak with her at any time, and I believe she brings out the most intriguing tidbits of conversation while making an interview an incredibly fun and easy experience.

-Heather Graham, New York Times bestselling author

[Bethany] enjoys and is interested in many things so it’s very easy to talk to her.  Never once did this interview feel like a reporter/subject meeting, but rather, a good friend reacquainting with another whom she had not seen for a long while. Bethany is a stellar reporter and writer. 

-Jeaniene Frost, RT Award Winner and USA Today bestselling author of the Night Huntress series

Bethany’s questions were smart, insightful, and well-researched. It was an absolute pleasure to be interviewed by her.

-Julia Quinn, RITA Award Winner and New York Times bestselling author of the Bridgerton series

I began working with Bethany Hensel at Lux Magazine in 2008. She is incredibly hard-working, creative, and passionate about what she does. I greatly admire her leadership skills. Bethany’s promotions within the magazine comes as no surprise as she is far too motivated, inspired, tenacious, focused and passionate to ever settle for second best.

-Gloria Rautman, Lux Magazine Creative Director

Bethany Hensel’s questions are mature and unconventional. I very much enjoyed the interview as I could tell Miss Hensel very much enjoyed asking the questions. She is curious and sincere, but mostly, it is very clear she loves the topic she is inquiring about.

-Lori Foster, New York Times bestselling author

Bethany Hensel interviewed me for LUX at the Romantic Times Convention, and as an author who’s a bit on the shy and reclusive side, I was so grateful for the way she put me at ease with her warm and very professional manner. She made the whole interview go smoothly and was a pleasure to work with.

-Gaelen Foley, New York Times best-selling author

I had a great time being interviewed by Bethany! She’s enthusiastic and fun. What more could an interview-ee want?”

-Jade Lee, USA Today bestselling award-winning author

I so enjoyed being interviewed by Bethany.  She’s gotta be one of the most personable, well researched, and professional writers I have ever conversed with.  She’s the real deal!

 David Whalen, Pittsburgh Performer of the Year 2007

Her questions were all thought-provoking and really encouraged me to open up about my work and even discover new ideas.  She used humor throughout to make me feel completely comfortable.  A week or two later, I got an e-mail with a [the article] and was honestly blown away byBethany’s talents.  The article was thorough, entertaining, and full ofBethany’s unmistakable wit.  It made me laugh out loud quite a few times.  Had I never known Bethany, the article still would have impressed me.  I consider myself to be someone who can appreciate good writing, and Bethany’s certainly fit the bill.

-Michael Karas, IJA Award-winning juggler and actor

Bethany handled my interview in a very enthusiastic, professional, and organized manner. Her questions were well-researched and nicely focused. I really enjoyed the experience.

-Annette McCleave, author of Darkness series

Working with Bethanyhas been a delightful experience. Her questions are both thought-provoking and fun!

-Sara Lindsey, historical romance author of the Weston series

Working with Bethany was easy and fun. She asks great questions–thoughtful questions that go beyond cookie-cutter interview Q&A–and I found her to be flexible and understanding. I’d work with her again on an interview in a heartbeat.

-Lisa Dale, Pushcart Prize nominated writer of It Happened One Night