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
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? 😉
Beatriz 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?
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.
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