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 www.rachelhauck.com

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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.

GIVEAWAY!!

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!

About The Author

Savanna Kaiser

Savanna Kaiser loves writing and reading historical romance. Her recent work finaled in the Genesis (2018) and First Impressions (2018 & 2017) contests. She’s written over 50 published magazine articles, including a piece for Focus on the Family. She’s also a web designer, blogger, and the president of her local ACFW group. She and her husband love to hike, kayak, and explore Civil War battlefields, but their favorite days are spent at home in the Missouri Ozarks, entertaining their sweet two-year-old with lots of Legos and books. Visit her at www.SavannaKaiser.com

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 www.rachelhauck.com

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About The Author

Savanna Kaiser

Savanna Kaiser loves writing and reading historical romance. Her recent work finaled in the Genesis (2018) and First Impressions (2018 & 2017) contests. She’s written over 50 published magazine articles, including a piece for Focus on the Family. She’s also a web designer, blogger, and the president of her local ACFW group. She and her husband love to hike, kayak, and explore Civil War battlefields, but their favorite days are spent at home in the Missouri Ozarks, entertaining their sweet two-year-old with lots of Legos and books. Visit her at www.SavannaKaiser.com

60 Comments

  1. Rachel Hauck

    Thank you so much for having me!

    Rachel

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    • Savanna

      It was my pleasure, Rachel! Can’t wait to read your next book. 😉

      Reply
  2. Candice Valdez

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

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    • Savanna

      That sounds SO nice right now, Candice! I’m ready for winter to be over. 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

      Reply
  3. Pam K.

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

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    • Savanna

      That’s always fun, Pam! Love it. 🙂 I appreciate you joining us. Good luck in the drawing!

      Reply
  4. Bonnie Roof

    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!!

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    • Savanna

      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!

      Reply
  5. Kathryn Voss

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

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    • Savanna

      Hi Kathryn! What exactly is “Door Country”? I’ve never heard of it before, but it sounds nice! 😉

      Reply
  6. Anne Rightler

    Anywhere with my family. I love being with them.

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    • Savanna

      Yep, the company is always the best part! 🙂 Thanks for visiting, Anne!

      Reply
  7. Annie JC

    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!

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    • Rachel Hauck

      Thank you Annie!

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    • Savanna

      Awesome!! So glad you enjoyed The Wedding Chapel too, Annie. I appreciate you stopping by! 🙂

      Reply
  8. Heather Olsen

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

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    • Savanna

      Yes, Heather, right now I totally agree! 😉 Spring can’t get here fast enough. Good luck in the giveaway!

      Reply
  9. Katy

    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.

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    • Savanna

      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. 😉

      Reply
  10. Bonnie

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

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    • Savanna

      I LOVE the Oregon coast! And I’ve only seen it once. 🙂 I would definitely go back there too, Bonnie. Thanks for sharing!

      Reply
  11. Emilee

    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.

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    • Savanna

      I bet that was fun, Emilee!! A 12 hour road trip is no small thing. 😉 Thanks for sharing!

      Reply
  12. Kim Potter

    Would love to win. Thanks

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    • Savanna

      Good luck, Kim! 😉

      Reply
  13. Joan Arning

    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!

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    • Rachel Hauck

      I’d love to do both of those too!

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    • Savanna

      Oh wow, Joan! What special memories for all of you. Hope you took lots of pictures. 😉

      Reply
  14. Donna Parker

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

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    • Savanna

      Nothing wrong with that, Donna. I have a long list of “hopefuls” too. 🙂 Hope you get to cross one (or several) of those off this year. 😉

      Reply
  15. MS Barb

    the ocean

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    • Savanna

      Yes, love the ocean. I don’t see it too much living here in the midwest, but I remember those few special times. 😉 Thanks for visiting, Barb!

      Reply
  16. Lane Hill House

    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

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    • Savanna

      Awww, yes, Kathleen! It’s hard to beat Christmas memories like that. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

      Reply
  17. Karen K.

    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. 😉

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    • Savanna

      🙂 Hey a road trip is a road trip, no matter the direction or destination. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Karen!

      Reply
  18. Trixi

    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.

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    • Savanna

      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!

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  19. Diana Guz

    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!

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    • Savanna

      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.

      Reply
  20. Stella Potts

    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.

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    • Savanna

      Wow, Stella, that’s great! How many special memories you’ve made. 🙂 I’m so glad you could join us today!

      Reply
  21. Ellen Gray

    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.

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    • Savanna

      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!

      Reply
  22. Wenona

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

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    • Savanna

      That sounds really cool, Wenona. Which state are you talking about?

      Reply
  23. Melanie Backus

    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.

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    • Savanna

      Oh wow, I bet that was incredible, Melanie. I’ve always thought a cruise looked like fun. Congrats on 40+ years with your hubby!! 😉

      Reply
  24. Janice Moore

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

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    • Savanna

      Wonderful, Janice. I’m so glad you could stop by. I hope you get the chance to read this real soon! 😉 Have a great day!

      Reply
  25. Marion Collins

    I do my traveling through the books I read.
    Marion

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    • Savanna

      Hi Marion! That’s a great way to do it too. 🙂 So glad you stopped by!

      Reply
  26. Brenda Arrington

    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!

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    • Savanna

      Awww, Brenda! Congrats on celebrating your 50th this year. Hope you both have a wonderful time!! 🙂

      Reply
  27. Jan Hall

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

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    • Savanna

      That sounds perfect, Jan! It’s been years since I’ve gone fishing, but I always enjoyed it as a kid. Need to do it again! 😉

      Reply
  28. Melissa Oldaker

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

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    • Savanna

      That is so cool, Melissa! I hope you get to go back too. What a neat trip that must have been. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

      Reply
  29. Linda Moffitt

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

    Reply
    • Savanna

      That sounds so nice, Linda!! Here’s to a road trip soon. 😉 Good luck in the giveaway too!

      Reply

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