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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