rachel haukRachel Hauck is married to her best friend and lives in sometimes hurricane plagued central Florida. Rachel serves the writing community, is a singer extraordinaire and served as the President of American Christian Fiction Writers (2006)   She and her husband have two pets who act like they're human.

Favorite Verse: Song of Solomon 4:9 You have ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; you have ravished my heart with one look of your eyes, with one link of your necklace.


 

 Christianbook.com Interview with Rachel Hauck


 

Please tell us a bit about yourself.

RH: I’m ten pounds overweight and I like potato chips. One explains the other. I’m a Florida girl with Ohio roots and I love the sun on my shoulders.

Writing is a passion and an emotional outlet for me. I started writing my first novel in ’94. An epic WWII book that lived in the darkness of my closet until I pilfered some scenes for the sub plot in Love Starts with Elle.

My husband is my best friend and makes me laugh. We don’t have children but a very spoiled dog.
 
When I’m not writing, I loved to hit a good spin class or lift weights, watch college football and troll Facebook for the latest happenings with my family.

I’m taking piano lessons and that’s all I’ll say about that… There’s a reason we take lessons as kids under our Mama’s watchful eye.

I lead worship at my church!

Is Once Upon a Prince part of a series? 

RH: Most certainly! It’s the first in the Royal Wedding Series! Princess Ever After is next.

What was your inspiration to write Once Upon a Prince?
 
RH: Duchess Kate, seriously. I got up at 5:00 a.m. to watch her marry Prince William and I thought, “The world just fell in love with her.” I was right. I knew she was the new Princess Di.

Her poise and confidence got me thinking and dreaming of royal weddings and an idea for a series was born.

How much research did Once Upon a Prince take?
 
RH: Quite a bit. At first I just read a lot of royal history online but found I was shallow on some actual history and interaction with living royals. I read about 4 books on the British royal family and one on the three cousins, Nicholas II, George V and Wilhelm II.
 
It’s fascinating history.

 

What are the some of the most interesting facts that you learned while researching and writing Once Upon a Prince?

RH: Ah, you had to ask… I just pulled a mental blank. Well, let’s see, for starters, Queen Victoria wanted to marry her children to the royals of Europe because she thought it would lead to peace.
Her great grandsons were George V and Kaiser Wilhelm II as well as Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, Alexandra. They were all first cousins.

George and Nicolas look like twins.

Also, I realized in more depth how deeply WWI impacted Europe. Almost all of the royal houses fell after that war.

What other new writing projects do you have on the horizon?

RH: I’m working on the rewrites for Princess Ever After as well as a novella to be released next spring. Stay tuned for more on that front! After that will be the third Royal Wedding book.

What message would you like your readers to take from reading Once Upon a Prince?

RH: I wanted to show how God has a plan for us even when our lives look out of control or so unplanned it seems they will never get on track. Also, that when we surrender completely to the Lord, He never forsakes us. His plans for us are good.

There’s also a bit of a picture about how the power of love can change a nation.

What organizations are you involved with?

RH: I’m on the executive board of American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of Romance Writers of America.

What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
 
RH: My biggest challenge lately has been really utilizing my time well. When I first left the corporate world to write full time, I managed my writing time fairly well. But with the onslaught of social media, and nine years of working from home, I don’t manage my time as well as I’d like.
Working on it…

 

Who is the person who most influences your writing?

RH: My writing partner Susan May Warren has a huge impact on my writing because we talk craft and stories all the time. I also brainstorm with her through out the first and final draft process.

My editor is also a major influence because she’s the first one to actually read the story and react. I value her opinion immensely.
 
What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?

RH: Writing! Story telling. Holding the completed, printed book in my hand. Most of all, hearing from readers!

What do you do to get away from it all?

RH: I live in Florida so the beach is fifteen minutes away. I like to drive over there sometimes. I love to hit the gym. I can really disconnect from the stress of writing in a spin class. And often I find solutions to plot or character problems.

I also love a good prayer/worship set. I love watching Netflix with my Hubby!

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

RH: Thanks for  having me!! Appreciate CBD.


 

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