Romantic suspense writer, Dee Henderson is up to it again—thrilling
fans with her edge-of-the-seat stories of romance and intrigue! In her newest
novel

Unspoken (Bethany House), she
tells the story of a woman who spent four years at the hands of captors and the
mystery that cloaks her life. Dee answered five questions for us about her new
release.

THE STORY IS ABSOLUTELY INTRIGUING. WHERE DID YOU COME UP WITH THE PLOT FOR THIS NOVEL?

I wanted to write a story about a woman with a dark past, and the
man
who fell in love with her. I wanted to explore the dynamics of what
it means
to love someone so absolutely even the most painful of histories
could be
overcome. I wanted a story where love can flourish. It became a
kidnapping
story as an event that would be easily understood without me having
to go
into many detail about what had happened during those four years.

WHAT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART ABOUT WRITING THIS NOVEL?

The decision to stay in Bryce’s viewpoint through much of the story
created some challenges as a writer, but was also the key to having
the
story work. The opening pages in first person Charlotte’s view, and
the rest
of the book in Bryce’s point of view, let me show the dynamics of
how the
love relationship formed in a way that the reader could be part of
the
entire journey.

HOW DO YOU COMBINE SUSPENSE AND ROMANCE IN SUCH A WAY THAT ENTERTAINS BOTH FANS OF EACH GENRE?

I’m not certain that I satisfy either romance or suspense fans with
my
books – I personally tilt much more toward calling these books a
straight
romance that also has events unfold in their lives where you are not
sure
what will happen or how the story will move. I experience them that
way
while writing the story – as a romance, a get to know each other
book, and
my characters are having go react to what is going on around them. I
have a
sense when I start the book the events which will play out for them
to deal
with, but much of the book is a surprise to the author as it
unfolds.

WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES FOR CAPTIVATING MAIN CHARACTER?

I love a strong character who has made decisions about their life,
who
has a sense of who they are, and where they want to go. The romance
that
unfolds tends to play to the strength of each character, rather than
change
their personality. I want an authentic story that reflect how these
people
would act and decide matters in their lives.

WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON FOR YOU?

Undetected will be in stores in May 2014. Mark Bishop is a submarine
commander. He made a wonderful hero! I wanted to return to write
another
military romance because of the challenge involved in crafting such
a book.
I think it was a success for the story I wanted to write. It’s again
a
different story than others I have written for how the romance plays
out. I
think readers will enjoy it. I’ll have the first chapter posted on
the
website later this year.

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About The Author

Dee Henderson is the author of the acclaimed O'Malley series and the Uncommon Heroes series. Her novels have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RWA's RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, the Holt Medallion, the National Readers' Choice Award, and the Golden Quill. Dee is a lifelong resident of Illinois.