Rachel Hauck: Authentic Faith
A corporate career as a software trainer followed a degree in journalism and Rachel found herself traveling the United States and the world, constantly taking note of the sights, sounds and hearts of people she met, providing plenty of writing inspiration.
The seed of Dining with Joy was sown years ago while brainstorming story ideas. “Foodies and the Food Network were really starting to take hold of American culture,” she says, “and I thought of a cooking show book but added the twist—what if she can’t cook?” The heroine is in hot water when her local cooking show is picked up by a major network—and her inability to cook is set to be exposed. When she meets a former restaurateur struggling to regain his reputation in the elite foodie world, they mix like oil and water. If they can find a way to work together they just might salvage their careers and rediscover joy.
Rachel’s faith permeates her stories, and making it sound realistic is always at the forefront of her mind. “Church foyer conversation or quick prayers with friends don’t always translate well in a novel,” she says. “I might say to a friend, ‘We have to live Ephesians 1:17,’ but how does that translate in story? I try to make the spiritual journey as authentic to the character as possible.”
While she writes contemporary romance, Rachel weaves supernatural aspects into her novels reflecting her own faith experiences in her characters. “Caroline smelled a strong fragrance of the Lord. Elle saw feathers. A surfer character in Georgia On Her Mind saw Jesus during a shark attack. So, I work to add aspects of the Lord outside the ‘logical’ mind.”
When publisher Thomas Nelson invited Rachel to collaborate with singer/songwriter Sara Evans on her Songbird series, Rachel was honored. “It’s been fun to have another storyteller on the job! While she brainstorms the stories, I do the writing. Then she takes it from there. It’s been a good partnership. She lets me do my thing, I let her do hers.” The four-book series so far includes The Sweet By and By, the newly released Softly & Tenderly and the just-completed Love Lifted Me.
Rachel’s next story, The Wedding Dress, is a story of destiny and God’s love. It features a young woman on the verge of marriage who discovers an old wedding dress. “The moment she touches it, something comes alive in her heart. This sends her on a journey to discover the dress’ history, and ultimately her own. I’m really excited about this book.”
Passion for the written word and sharing God’s love are not the only things that motivate this talented writer. Her greatest joy as a writer is hearing from her readers. Rachel explains, “I love when a book impacts a reader, encourages them, reminds them they have a destiny and a God who is passionate about them.”—Rel Mollet