Rachel Hauck – The Power of Romance

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Life Is A Romance Story… So shout for joy!

I’ll admit it. I was a romance novel snob when I first started writing. I was trying my hand at the young, bourgeoning Christian fiction market where historicals and World WeddingChapelWar II novels populated the shelves.

Of course those stories all had romantic threads. Life has a romantic thread. And I planned to add romance to my story.

But I wanted to write something epic. For two years, I typed out my “epic” first novel. And for three years, I tried to get it published. It was epically rejected.

Along the way, someone gave me advice, “Write a love story.”

However, the requirements of the popular Christian romance line at the time didn’t appeal to me. I don’t know what I planned to do differently, but I wasn’t going to write romance.

You can tell by now I had newbie writer-itis. You know,  “We don’t want to write that stuff because we can do it better” notion.

But the truth was, and is, I love romance. Romance is in every aspect of the human experience. If it weren’t for romance, none of us would be here.

Romance is in every genre of film, television and books. And I love it.How to Catch a Prince_KD1

I’m a sucker for almost any rom-com. I saw the post for the movie, “The Proposal,” and I knew instantly I wanted to see it. To this day, it’s one of my favorite romantic comedies.

My big break into publishing was with the romance line that initially I’d rejected. Thank goodness they didn’t reject me! I penned three category romances for them and found my writing wings.

I learned I wasn’t as good or as eloquent as I thought. I learned I didn’t have some of the basics about novel writing in hand.  I’m forever grateful the publisher was willing to take a chance on me.

I’ve been writing romance novels for over thirteen years and I can’t image doing anything else.

I love this genre because it inspires women to love well. To wait for the good guy, you know?

“You’re worth it.”

Romances novels can set the romantic tone and expectations for younger women and teens.

During the summer I was signing a copy of “How To Catch A Prince” at a trade show. Always nervous no one will stand in line for one of my books, I was pleased to have a bit of a crowd.

While signing a copy for “next in line,” I looked up to see a TheWeddingDressbeautiful, blonde-haired teen girl standing in front of me.

She said with a bit of emotion, “I was so afraid you weren’t going to be here this year.”

Her tone, her confession, surprised me. Took me back. “What? Why?”

Because the Royal Wedding Series had impacted her that much. It was humbling.

The exchanged affirmed in me again the power of story and the power of romance.

I hope that young lady waits for her prince. I hope she chooses an honorable, good, hard-working man of faith. A man like the princes my stories.

Authors never really know the impact our stories have on others. But that day, I was blessed to have an up-close glimpse.

So enjoy the romance in your life. Search for the joys! And love well. It’s worth it.

Rachel recommends:

Becky Wade ( beckywade.com ) writes fun, heart warming romances set in the south. She’s an up and comer. 

Susan May Warren ( susanmaywarren.com ) has been around for awhile, won multiple awards, but she’s just a great writer and leading the way in the Christian hybrid market. She probably tells the most complete stories of anyone I’ve read. 


Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you experienced sheer joy. 

I love the emotion and experience of joy! About five years ago, I had a book releasing DiningwithJoycalled “Dining With Joy” about a cooking show host, Joy, who couldn’t cook.  It released in November right before Thanksgiving. I love the holiday season and in central Florida, the weather is really beautiful that time of year.

On Thanksgiving day, I went for a pre dinner bike ride and somewhere on my route, I started having these bubbly feelings in my belly. Then I’d start to laugh, then tear up with good tears. “Ah, what a great day!” The sensation would fade, but after a few minutes, well up again. It probably happened on and off for fifteen minutes. I’ll never forget it. I walked into our friends house for Thanksgiving dinner shouting, “Joy!”

It occurred to me if we can have anxiety attacks, why can’t we have joy attacks? That’s been my mission ever since. Joy!

Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.

My house. It really was a gift from God. My husband and I had a great home we loved but254255_104181283009983_2481314_n when a friend of ours built a super cool office addition onto his house, I was a wee bit jealous. In the good way, if I can say that. Good for him! To my surprise, a few months later he announced he was returning to his job in California. One thing led to another and the house was offered to us. For a steal! Like, way less than it was worth, and way less that the couple invested in the house from purchase price to upgrades to the office. As a result of their blessing, we were able to pay it forward, and forgive a debt owed to us. This house is literal picture of God’s blessing and provision. JOY!

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

Oh, wow, great question. I love music, laughter, wind in the trees, the babbling brook, the theme song to Downton Abbey. A friend was visiting last year and I recorded her playing a free song on our piano. It’s not long but I love to hear her play. It brings joy. And really, what can beat a baby’s laugh?

What recent book have you read that brought you joy. (Or a book you read in your life that brought you so much joy you’ve never forgotten it.) Why?

Anyone who knows me will guess the answer. A Hundred Summer’s by Beatriz Williams. I devoured that book. I read it for my own writing inspiration. I wrote to my editor and said, “Read this book because I want to write like this when I grow up.” I cried at the end. I loved the writing, the voice, the twists. I had the privilege of meeting Beatriz and gush to her how much I loved her craft. Great book, really. (See Beatriz Williams’ RARM post.)

And for fun, the joy of choice ~

Pick your Chris! Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock, Chris Evans or Christopher Plummer (circ. 1964 aka Capt. Von Trapp?) – trying for a little diversity! ;o)

Only one? Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pine.

Rachel is generously giving away a copy of How To Catch A Prince. US readers only, apologies to international friends.


RachelHauckPhoto (1)Rachel 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.

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  • Wonderful post! I could relate to so much of what you shared, Rachel. Especially the part about wanting to ‘write something epic’ and being rejected epically.

    • rachelhauck

      Becky! You’re such a great writer and friend!

      Rachel

  • Christyna

    It is true. As writers, we never always know how are stories impact others. Thanks for that reminder and for sticking with your story writing!

    • rachelhauck

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Sharon Forbes

    Just wanted to say that I really enjoyed reading your post. Made me want to seek out more joy! Also, I love the cover of your book How To Catch A Prince, it is just so pretty! 🙂

    • rachelhauck

      Thanks Sharon!

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    I enjoyed reading your post. I look forward to reading your books.

    • rachelhauck

      Thanks Melissa!

  • Sue G.

    Nice write up. OSU alumni! Yay! Our 2nd daughter is starting her 3rd year there and our youngest daughter moves in tomorrow for her first year there. Youngest just tried out for the marching band. She is a sousaphone/tuba. She made it to final rounds but then got cut. She is hoping to be the first girl from our city to “dot the i”!

    • rachelhauck

      Oh that’s awesome. Another Buckeye!! Warms my heart. Tell your girls to have fun! And that is so cool your dau tried out for the band! Hope she tries out again. 🙂

      Rachel

  • cheryl c.

    So enjoy the romance in your life. Search for the joys! And love well. It’s worth it.” I try to always be an optimist and search for the joys. The joys ARE there if we just look.

    • rachelhauck

      I love the joys in life!

  • Jennifer Tipton

    I’m so happy that you have not given up your dream of writing about romance. It’s great to read a book that inspires girls to wait and have a positive side of romance to experience.
    I so love your writing room! That’s so cool! Praying for many blessings and more books to come. Jenny

    • rachelhauck

      Thanks Jennifer! It’s been a fun place to write. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Jennifer Tipton

        It was a great blog!

  • Amy Livesay Hart

    Sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing!

    • rachelhauck

      Thank you!

  • mariannewestrich

    I love the idea of “joy attacks”!

    • rachelhauck

      Me too!

  • Karen Mikusak

    I have “joy attacks” every time my kitties kiss me! Thanks for the giveaway.

    • rachelhauck

      I love when my pets kiss me too.

  • catslady

    All genres can be good but romance makes a story special.

    • rachelhauck

      It does!

  • Kareni

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. And what a lovely house/office ~ enjoy!

    • rachelhauck

      Thank you!

  • Patty Hamblin

    I enjoyed Once Upon A Prince, would love to continue the series.

    • rachelhauck

      Thank you!

  • jcp smith

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    • rachelhauck

      You’re welcome.

  • Carol Luciano

    OMG ! A Hundred Summers was and is one of the best boks I’ve read.
    Your aa new Authoe for me Racjel but not anymore. I’m looking forward to reading your books. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    • rachelhauck

      Thanks Carol! Glad we found common ground on A Hundred Summers!

  • It’s really worth it, and romances remind us all of this important truth. Thank you so much!

  • Shouting for joy right alongside you, girlfriend! (Dang, but your covers are GORGEOUS!!)

  • Bernadette Long

    I really like the idea of a joy attack!

  • Sheila M

    I love the anecdotes you contributed here. Thanks for sharing.

  • Texas Book Lover

    A Hundred Summers is on my list to read!

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    A Hundred Summers is also on my must read list. I’m not sure I understand why romance can’t be in Christian fiction. Anyway, I enjoyed your post and you thoughts on JOY. Thanks.

  • Linda Henderson

    Personally I think we should live every day with love, hope and joy. I read every day to escape into a different world and to experience things that I don’t get to do in person. Like traveling, I travel all over the world in books. I tend to get attached to characters in books and I’m always thrilled to start the first book in a series, not that I don’t like stand alones, but I do enjoy getting to know all the primary characters and in later books the secondary ones as well. Reading is one of my joys.

  • Deana Dick

    I recently read “The Wedding Dress” I could not put it down. The story had be so glued to the story that I lost track of time. I loved how the dress told a story of different women and how the dress affected their lives. It was so well written and the characters so engrossing that even now I can still picture that dress and Charlotte as she discovered it in the trunk. Thank you for all the books you write that give readers such beautiful stories that linger long after the last page has been read. Thank you

  • Jennifer C

    I have read great things about your books and have them all on my list to read. Your house is so unique and beautiful! I also love Beatriz Williams’ writing! Thanks for sharing with us!

  • Molly

    I love wedding books.

  • Pamby50

    New author for me. That is the beauty of RARM. They have expanded romance ready to several genres that I never thought to try. I already have my prince. Sept will be 34 yrs. A Blessing. Not sure which one I want to start with. The Wedding Dress or Dining With Joy.

  • Kai W.

    Talk about wedding. I’m going crazy with my sister’s wedding list. Her wedding is only three weeks away and there is so much yet to be done. Thinking of taking a vacation after this.

  • Dawn Anderson

    I just read the description of The Wedding Dress and it sounds great. By the way, that office is very cool!

  • Terrill Harris Rosado

    I own nearly every book Rachel Hauck has written. In fact, I just purchased the paperback of The Wedding Dress after reading it on my KIndle. It had to join the others. 🙂

  • sj1384

    I love that faith makes an appearance. I have never read your books but have bought my first. Thanks for sharing!

  • Diane Sallans

    It’s a wonderful thing to have feelings of joy – we should look for some every day!

  • kirsten west

    Such a cool office! Loved your joy experience.

  • Mary McCoy

    I love the idea of a joy attack!