I’ve seen Rachel Hauck in and around Facebook, but when I read her book, Sweet Caroline, I knew I had to interview her. She’s got an inspiring story and is working on quite a few new books. I know you’ll enjoy meeting her.
I just finished reading Sweet Caroline (A Lowcountry Romance), which I enjoyed so much. I’m headed to pick up the rest of the books in the low country series now. Did you plan to write these books as a series from the beginning?
Great question. Sometimes an author starts out with a series in mind, but I didn’t with Sweet Caroline. However, because the Nashvegas books were a series, I thought I should keep my heart and mind open to doing a series. As I wrote the book, Elle, who was named Edie, just came alive to me and I knew I wanted to write her story. But I didn’t want a main character named Edie, so I changed her to Elle. My genius editor came up with Love Starts with Elle.
Dining with Joy came almost two years later after I took a break from the series to write with Sara Evans. But by then I knew I wanted a third lowcountry book to tie up little story points with Caroline and Elle. Besides, I knew I had a great town, a great cast to support Joy and Luke!
You have twelve novels so far, which is very inspiring to a newbie fiction girl like me. How did you make your way into the publishing world?
I’ve written sixteen novels and am happy to say only one is a “closet book” never to see the light of day. Though I did use pieces of that story in Love Starts with Elle since the hero was trying to write a novel. I think I have thirteen books out — one is an ebook from ’04 — with two more releasing in early 2012.
How did I make it into the publishing world? Prayer. Seeking God. I didn’t want to be a writer if God didn’t call me to do it. Writing is hard work with a lot of emotional energy devoted to creating stories. I didn’t want to count for wasted time if He’d called me to something else.
As I prayed, He began to open doors. I went to Write to Publish way back in ’97 and met author DiAnn Mills and Davis Bunn — both who were influential in my writing. Then in ’01, I went to the Blueridge Writer’s Conference where I met a bunch of people, Lynn Coleman among them. I also joined American Christian Fiction writers and studied the craft of writing. Lynn was writing Heartsong Presents at the time and about three months after the conference, she asked me if I wanted to put together a project with her. We did and that became my first print book.
I continued to learn, and to network, through the ACFW conference. It’s been a wide road for me. The Lord used others to encourage me and help open doors.
I think writing is about talent, but it’s also about getting to know people. My first chick lit was published by Steeple Hill Cafe in part because the senior editor, Joan Marlow Golan, liked me and thought I’d make a good chick lit author.
My road to publishing wasn’t easy, but certainly quicker and smoother than some. I’m blessed!
I have two books coming out. Love Lifted Me (A Songbird Novel) with Sara Evans. And The Wedding Dress. I love both of these books. The Wedding Dress was inspired on a weekend trip with some girlfriends. We started chatting on twitter, “Hey, if you’re ever in Nashville…” So I said, “Let’s do it!” And we picked a weekend to gather. We started talking about weddings and wedding dresses and this idea hit me, “What if a bride wore a hundred year old dress? What if four women wore it? What if…” And a story was born. 🙂
Favorite passage? Hmm… I feel like if I pull a passage it’ll be out of context. I say read the book. It’s all good!
What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell. It’s the story of two sisters and spans their lifetime in flash back as well as current setting. The writing was phenomenal, telling a clever and heart wrenching story.
Where can we learn more about you?
Books by Rachel Hauck:
- Dining with Joy (A Lowcountry Romance)
- The Wedding Dress
- Love Starts With Elle (A Lowcountry Romance)
- Softly and Tenderly (A Songbird Novel)
- and more! Check out Rachel’s Amazon author page.