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Captivating Hearts and Literary Success:
The Inspiring Journey of Rachel Hauck

From Bestseller Lists to Hallmark Adaptations,
Discover the Talents of an Acclaimed Author

Rachel Hauck is an accomplished author who has achieved remarkable success, earning accolades and captivating readers around the world. With numerous bestsellers under her belt, including appearances on the prestigious New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal lists, Hauck's talent for crafting compelling stories has solidified her position as a prominent figure in the literary world.

Her exceptional writing skills have not gone unnoticed. Rachel Hauck has been honored as a double finalist for the esteemed RITA Award, a recognition of excellence in the romance genre. Furthermore, she has received the prestigious Christy and Carol Awards for her outstanding contributions to the world of literature. One of her most beloved books, "Once Upon A Prince," which served as the captivating introduction to the Royal Wedding Series, was even adapted into an Original Hallmark movie, demonstrating the wide appeal and enchanting nature of her storytelling.

Rachel Hauck's dedication and creativity have been recognized by Romantic Times Book Reviews, which bestowed upon her the Career Achievement Award in acknowledgement of her impressive body of original work. In addition to her writing accomplishments, Hauck is also highly regarded as a mentor and presenter in writing workshops. Her passion for guiding aspiring writers has earned her the esteemed Mentor of The Year award from ACFW.com (American Christian Fiction Writers).

Beyond her writing pursuits, Rachel Hauck leads a fulfilling life as a wife and worship leader. While she may approach her gym workouts with semi-enthusiasm, her commitment to personal well-being and staying active is evident. Hauck is a proud graduate of Ohio State University, where she earned a degree in Journalism. Her collegiate experiences as a sorority member and avid supporter of Ohio State football have left an indelible mark on her life. A bucket list item for Hauck is to stand on the sidelines with Ryan Day, further demonstrating her unwavering dedication to her alma mater.

Currently residing in the sunny landscape of central Florida, Rachel Hauck shares her life with her husband and an ornery cat. Surrounded by warm weather and the beauty of her surroundings, Hauck continues to inspire readers with her captivating novels and enchanting storytelling.


Welcome to our exclusive interview with the talented author, Rachel Hauck. In this captivating conversation, Rachel shares her literary influences, favorite books, and insightful thoughts on the world of writing. From lesser-known gems to renowned authors, she unveils her personal reading preferences and the impact they've had on her own career as a writer. With a diverse range of genres she enjoys, Rachel discusses the power of authentic character journeys and the elements that move her most in literature. Join us as we explore the pages of Rachel's literary world and gain valuable insights into her writing process and inspirations. Prepare to be inspired by this acclaimed author's love for storytelling and her deep connection to the written word.

 What’s the last great book you read?

I really loved "Someone Else's Shoes" by JoJo Moyes.

What’s your favorite book no one else has heard of?

Song of Abraham by Ellen Gunderson Traylor.

Are there any classic novels that you only recently read for the first time?

This isn't a recent read but one I should've read in high school, but I read To Kill A Mockingbird for the first time a few years ago. 

You’re organizing a party. Which two authors, dead or alive, do you invite?

Only two? I'd love a dinner party with twenty authors. But if I could only invite two, I'd want to dine with C.S. Lewis and Flannery O'Connor. 

Which writers — working today do you admire most?

RH: You're really stumping me with these questions. I admire so many authors for their talents and storytelling but Francine Rivers and Debbie Macomber are writers and women whose talents are a true inspiration on and off the page.

Who are your favorite writers? Are there any who aren’t as widely known as they should be, whom you’d recommend in particular?

RH: I have more favorite books than favorite authors, however some authors are automatic buys for me. JoJo Moyes, Beatriz Williams, Elin HIlderbrand to name a few. An author that might be new to some is Susan May Warren. She's prolific in the inspirational market and a fabulous storyteller. Also, I loved Rachel Beanland's debut novel, "Florence Adler Swims Forever," which was excellent. Her second novel was released this spring.

What do you read when you’re working on a book? And what kind of reading do you avoid while writing?

My husband and I have a reading breakfast tradition at a local diner. It's the best time for me to read since I write in the afternoons. I read a lot for research but also read the authors I admire to keep inspired. I don't have a type of reading I avoid though a book that's really good can be discouraging. "I'll never write like this!" I try to turn those moments into a challenge. "Up your game, Rach." 

What moves you most in a work of literature?

An authentic character journey where there's a true change or revelation in the end. I also love metaphorical threads that play out for the character's good. 

What genres do you especially enjoy reading? 

General or contemporary fiction.

Who is your favorite fictional hero or heroine? 

N/A I don't think I have one.

What book are you planning to read next?

I'm turning in my next book in June then going on vacation where I have my next reads lined up on my Kindle. Rachel Beanland's "The House Is On Fire" is first up. 

What books and authors have impacted your writing career?

In my early days, I read a lot of inspirational fiction. I started writing romance and Lori Wick was the author to read. Susan Meissner's story, "Shape of Mercy" introduced me to split time. Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House Books initially inspired me to become a writer. Susan May Warren has had the biggest impact on my career and writing. We became writing partners in the early 2000s and for about eighteen years, we worked through every book together. Her ability to break down the writing process into "Why" and "How" impacted my journey as well as hundreds of others. 

What kind of reader were you as a child? 

RH: And "all the time" reader. I've always loved books. My secret confession is I'm also a TV girl. I love story!

Have you ever changed your opinion of a book based on information about the author, or anything else?

I try really hard not to do that because I'd not want that done to me. Authors come from all walks of life and experiences and while I have my convictions, listening helps me understand others. Even if we disagree.

If you could meet any writer, dead or alive, who would it be? And what would you want to know?

RH: N/A. sort of the same as the dinner question. If you want to add what I'd want to know: I'd want to know their writing process, how they stayed in the game year after year, and more of the time and era in which they lived. 

Which writer would you want to write your life story?

RH: God's already writing my life story! I'm anxious for His next chapter. 

What books are you embarrassed not to have read yet?

I have tried and failed to read "Pride and Prejudice" all the way through. I know, I should turn in my writer card. 

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