Monday, March 5, 2018

Candid moments with CFRR author Rachel Hauck

Welcome back! We're firing up the CFRR blog to give readers and authors a little taste of what's to come and what has been.

Rachel, thanks for sending this great candid of you and your editor Chip MacGregor!

About Christian Fiction Readers Retreat...

In what ways have you participated in CFRR?

RH: I attended the reader retreat in 2017. Had a blast just meeting readers and playing games. I’m excited to be a speaker at the 2019 retreat! Everyone, make plans to attend.

Beth: It's going to be a great time!
What is your favorite aspect of CFRR? 

RH: As an author, I am always, always jazzed to spend time with readers. When I heard of CFRR, I knew it was a place I wanted to be. I also enjoy hanging out with authors. My job is solitary. So having a connection to the very people I write for is important to me. 

Beth: I love this! Authors and readers are equally excited about CFRR!

Are you a hugger?

RH: Absolutely!

Beth: Me too!

Just for fun...

What is something you want to accomplish before you die?

RH: Give away a million dollars. With one check! 

Beth: I like the way you have fun!
If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?

RH: I have so many ideas here. Talk show host. Sports Broadcaster. A coach. 

Beth: Soooo... you're a talker?! 😉

If you could have any accents from anywhere in the world, what would you choose?

RH: Australian. Such a cool accent. 

Beth: Yes! That's one of my favorites too!

About reading...
What's your favorite genre to read?

RH: I’m not so much a genre reader as a “wow, that looks good” reader. I read a lot of contemporary fiction. 

Beth: Genres are so confining... why limit yourself, right?

Describe your favorite reading spot.

RH: We have a backyard deck and I love sitting out there to read. 

Beth: That sounds lovely!

About writing...

How many books have you written? published?

RH: I’ve written 27 books and published 26.5. I used pieces of my unpublished book for Love Starts With Elle. 

Beth: I have so many books to read. Can we say backlist?

What genres do you write?

RH: I write split time romance with a contemporary voice. I try to blend the styles and voices I like to read. 

Beth: Love them!

What are you working on now? What is your next release?

RH: I just finished The House On Memory Lane. I’ll spend the spring rewriting it. My next release is The Love Letter

Beth: These objects your stories center around take on a life of their own.

Why do you think writing Christian Fiction is so important?

RH: Writing Christian Fiction is a powerful way to tell stories of hope. To represent the truth of the Gospel. At the end of the age, everyone will need to know Jesus is Lord. While we don’t want to write and read sermons, Christian fiction, story, can impact hearts in ways we cannot imagine! 

Beth: Amen!
What are your must-have writing supplies?

RH: My computer, Scrivener and gum! I chew a lot of gum while writing. 

Beth: The gum is an interesting addition!

Are you more comfortable working in solitude or among a crowd? 
RH: Solitude. Most definitely.

Beth: It's easier to hear yourself think in the quiet. Thank you so much for sharing a few moments with us today!

About the author...

Rachel Hauck is aaward winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times. She is a double RITA finalist, a Christy and Carol Award Winner.

Rachel sits on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers, and is the comical sidekick to Susan May Warren at the amazing My Book Therapy. She is a worship leader and speaker.

A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel is a devoted Ohio State football fan. She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.

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Say "Hi" to Rachel in the comments and let's chat about some of the moments we have enjoyed with her stories!


  1. I enjoyed "meeting", albeit very briefly, Rachel at the CFRR last summer and it was obvious that she loved inter-acting with everyone there. Her books are so fun and inspiring; "The Wedding Chapel" is perhaps my favorite, but it would be hard to say when "The Wedding Dress" and "The Writing Desk" made such an impact, as well. It's great to know that she will be back at the retreat!

    1. Agreed! I love the complex connections she develops between two time periods.

  2. yay! thanks, Rachel! (And Beth!)

    1. This is so fun! I love learning more about our author friends!

  3. Hi Rachel! Hi Beth!!! Can’t wait for CFRR. :-)

    1. Hi Crystal! We look forward to seeing you there!

  4. It was so nice meeting you Rachel, you too Beth.
    I took an accidental photo of Rachel during the last worship session. It is very special.

  5. I mean, who doesn’t love Rachel’s books? Well, okay my husband doesn’t. Because they take away from my time with him. Ha! Rachel was so fun to meet last year. I remember talking to her about her stories being on Hallmark channel. I mean, some of them would be pretty tricky.....but I know one of them that is. How awesome is that? It’s like the best of both worlds :) and my fav Rachel book is a tie between The Writing Desk and The Wedding Dress. I just can’t choose between them!

  6. I just listened to The Wedding Chapel...twice! I think it might be my new favorite! The moment just before Jimmy sees Collette again and then when she comes into focus in front of him. ❤️ I cried!