Interview with Rachel Hauck & GIVEAWAY

Interview with Rachel Hauck & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordRachel Hauck is a USA Today Best Selling, and award-winning author of critically acclaimed novels such as The Wedding Dress, Love Starts with Elle, and Once Upon A Prince.

She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, Softly and Tenderly, one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals.

A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in an uncomfortable chair to write full-time in 2004.

She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship at their annual conference. She is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker.

Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets, and writes from her two-story tower in an exceedingly more comfy chair. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan. Visit her at


Interview with Rachel Hauck & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordWelcome to the blog, Rachel. I’m so excited to have you here! I just finished The Wedding Chapel and LOVED it! 🙂

Which heroine from The Royal Wedding Series do you most relate to and why?

I loved all of the heroines but I think Regina was the one I related to the most. I set her in Tallahassee, Florida where I lived for seven years. A lot of her story was another side of me.

Out of all the places you’ve traveled to around the world, is there a particular place you visited that really inspired your writing?

Everywhere I’ve been is inspiring in some way. Last year my husband and I went to Oregon and I loved it. Was wild about it. I love mountains, hills, woods, ocean, blue skies, grey snowy days. Inspiration is everywhere.

Oregon is so beautiful! I’ve only been there once, but I hope to return someday. 😉 Do you remember the first time you met one of your favorite authors? Who was it and can you tell us a bit about it? 😉

Interview with Rachel Hauck & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordBeatriz Williams is a new author to me. I read her book A Hundred Summers last year and loved it. This past May she was at an event in a town near me and I went down to see her. I was blessed to have dinner with her after. That was really fun. I drilled her with questions about writing, her writing process, how she came up with her stories.

Wow! How fun! As a mentor and speaker to writers everywhere, what is one of your favorite workshops you’ve presented?

I like to stay with the basics. This past year I presented the Story Equation at a couple of conferences, the method I use to get my stories started. It’s a method I learned along with Susan May Warren at My Book Therapy. Susie took the elements she learned in her early writing years and put them in an “equation.” This method is so helpful getting a good character start so I love teaching the basics of it.

I so enjoyed attending a writing class you and Susie taught at ACFW a few years ago. I still have all the notes I took! 😉 You’re the worship leader at your church and at the annual ACFW conference, right? What is one of your favorite songs to sing?

Interview with Rachel Hauck & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordEasy! What Joy Is Found by Jeremy Riddle. I’ve been leading that song for ten years and it never gets old. It’s timeless.

Thank you so much for being with us today, Rachel! Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?

My latest book, The Wedding Chapel just released. It’s about a Sixty year old wedding chapel in which there have been no weddings.

It’s such a beautiful story. Can’t wait to read what you have up next! 🙂 Blessings on your 2016.


I’m giving away my gently-used copy of The Wedding Chapel to one lucky winner. Enter below and it could be you!

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Thanks for entering! Contest is open to US residents only and ends February 9, 2016.  The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody!

60 comments on “Interview with Rachel Hauck & GIVEAWAY
  1. Rachel Hauck says:

    Thank you so much for having me!


  2. Candice Valdez says:

    I love to go somewhere new every time we travel. Anyplace that is hot and has a pool nearby! 🙂

  3. Pam K. says:

    I’m not a big traveler but I do enjoy going to visit family, wherever that may be.

  4. Bonnie Roof says:

    I’ve seen so many beautiful places, but Hawaii is probably the one I loved the most – followed by Alaska!!

    Enjoyed the interview, Rachel and Savanna – thank you!! I’ve read so many wonderful things about Rachel’s books and would love to become acquainted with her writing – thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of “The Wedding Chapel”!!

    Shared post!!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Awww, Bonnie, I would LOVE to see Hawaii and Alaska someday!! How cool! 🙂 I’m glad you could stop by. I hope you get the chance to read Rachel’s work soon. Thanks for sharing the post!

  5. Kathryn Voss says:

    I haven’t traveled too much, but I’ve always enjoyed Door County. It’s so beautiful and the food it great!

  6. Anne Rightler says:

    Anywhere with my family. I love being with them.

  7. Annie JC says:

    Great interview! Since reading The Wedding Chapel, I’ve added two more of Rachel’so books to my TBR pile…waiting to dive in when my schedule permits! Thanks Savanna and Rachel!

  8. Heather Olsen says:

    Not able to do any travel, but I could pretty much say that if we did, it would have to be some place WARM.

  9. Katy says:

    The two places I’ve been where I’d most like to return are the Swiss Alps and the Basque region in Spain. For a more “normal” vacation though, it’s hard to beat the Rocky Mountains. I went there every summer growing up and loved it.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Oh, Katy, every place you mentioned sounds incredible! I’d love to see those places someday. I’ve only seen the Rocky Mountains driving by. Hope to change that some day. My hubby wants to take me skiing. 😉

  10. Bonnie says:

    I love the Oregon coast. Walking on a trail above the ocean or walking along the beach. That is my favorite destination!

  11. Emilee says:

    I would just love to travel. The only trip I’ve been on lately is to visit friends and family in Ohio. That’s a 12 hour trip from where I live in Saraland, Alabama.

  12. Kim Potter says:

    Would love to win. Thanks

  13. Joan Arning says:

    At age 68, I fulfilled a lifetime wish to visit Scotland (which I thought was an impossible dream). Last fall, at age 72, my two daughters and I toured the New England states — another place on my bucket list!

  14. Donna Parker says:

    My bucket list seems to be mostly places I would love to visit.

  15. MS Barb says:

    the ocean

  16. What’s one of your favorite places to travel to?
    The Christmases when our family has traveled to one place to be together; those have been my favorites! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  17. Karen K. says:

    I’ve never been anywhere exotic, but I’m from Michigan, so I love to go up north, which to us means going to the Upper Peninsula. 😉

  18. Trixi says:

    Downtown Seattle on the waterfront….Pike’s Place Market…that says it all….LOL!! A close second would be Leavenworth WA, a Bavarian (German) themed town at the foot of the Cascade mountains! Oh so pretty, and all the shopkeepers dress up in traditional German clothes. They also have many festivals throughout the year. Live folk music, dancing & all the food…count me in 🙂

    Wonderful author interview, really enjoyed it Rachel. I have yet to read a book by you, but I’ve heard such great things about them! I’ve already added “The Wedding Chapel” & “The Wedding Dress” to my want-to-read list. Thanks for the chance to win the latter book 🙂
    Great post Savanna, thanks for sharing Rachel with us today! Blessings you two.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Trixi! So glad you could join us! The way you described your top destinations had me wanting to go with you!! 😉 Sounds like such fun.

      Ohhhh, you’ll have to read a book of Rachel’s soon. I think you’ll really like them. 🙂

      Hope you’re having a great week, my friend. Praying for you!

  19. Diana Guz says:

    Any coast is wonderful. I live in northern California and summer visits to the beach are very refreshing. Catalina Island is also a lovely getaway. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Awww, Diana, that sounds so nice and warm and SUNNY! 🙂 Enjoy the beach. I don’t see much of that here in Missouri. 😉 Good luck in the drawing too.

  20. Stella Potts says:

    I have traveled to a lot of states plus Mexico, Canada and Israel. I loved Hawaii. I would love to go to Alaska. I love Rachel Hauck’s books.

  21. Ellen Gray says:

    I don’t have a particular place to I love to go, I enjoy visiting new places and finding things to do wherever I can.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      There’s so much fun in the simple discovery, isn’t there? My hubby and I enjoy finding simple off-the-beaten-path places to hike around here. So pretty and quiet. Thanks for visiting, Ellen!

  22. Wenona says:

    Our favorite place to go as a family is Lancaster – going to Sight and Sound is always top of our favorite places to go.

  23. Melanie Backus says:

    My husband and I went on an Alaskan cruise this past summer for our 40th anniversary. Alaska is my favorite state to visit thus far.

  24. Janice Moore says:

    I have added this book to my “want to read” list! Thank you for sharing your book and of yourself!

  25. Marion Collins says:

    I do my traveling through the books I read.

  26. Brenda Arrington says:

    My husband and I take short trips pretty often. We don’t have any favorite places to go but just enjoy our time together. I hope we will be able to take a big trip this summer to celebrate our 50th anniversary!

  27. Jan Hall says:

    My favorite place to travel to is the closest body of water where I can do a little fishing.

  28. Melissa Oldaker says:

    I loved traveling to Italy. Would love to go back!!

  29. Linda Moffitt says:

    Any where down south where it is warm and we have family in South Carolina I am in PA

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