I just had the privilege of spending time with this cool lady at the Christian Fiction Readers Retreat & I always love chatting with her. Which is why I’m super-excited that she’s here today to talk about her brand new book The Memory House (Thomas Nelson, April 2)
Rachel Hauck is an award 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 Book Reviews. She is a double RITA finalist, and a Christy and Carol Award Winner. Her book, Once Upon A Prince, first in the Royal Wedding Series, was filmed for an Original Hallmark movie. Rachel has been awarded the prestigious Career Achievement Award for her body of original work by Romantic Times Book Reviews. A member of the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers, she teaches workshops and leads worship at the annual conference. She is a past Mentor of The Year.
At home, she’s a wife, writer, worship leader and works out at the gym semi-enthusiastically. A graduate of Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a degree in Journalism, she’s a former sorority girl and a devoted Ohio State football fan. Her bucket list is to stand on the sidelines with Ryan Day. She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes a new captivating novel of two women whose lives have been destroyed by disaster but find healing in a special house.
“Hauck is a master at weaving together plots from multiple time periods.” —Library Journal
Embracing the future means remembering the past. . .
When Beck Holiday lost her father in the North Tower on 9/11, she also lost her memories of him. Eighteen years later, she’s a tough New York City cop burdened with a damaging secret, suspended for misconduct, and struggling to get her life in order. Meanwhile a mysterious letter arrives informing her she’s inherited a house along Florida’s northern coast, and what she discovers there will change her life forever. Matters of the heart only become more complicated when she runs into handsome Bruno Endicott, a driven sports agent who fondly recalls the connection they shared as teenagers. But Beck doesn’t remember that either.
Decades earlier, widow Everleigh Applegate lives a steady, uneventful life with her widowed mother after a tornado ripped through Waco, Texas, and destroyed her new, young married life. When she runs into old high school friend Don Callahan, she begins to yearn for change. Yet no matter how much she longs to love again, she is hindered by a secret she can never share.
Fifty years separate the women but through the power of love and miracle of faith, they each find healing in a beautiful Victorian known affectionately as The Memory House.
“Accomplished Hauck demonstrates genre finesse as she blends inspirational romance with a cinematic style of storytelling, bringing empathic characters to life as they cope with grief in marriage and faithfulness, parenthood and adoption, death and tragedy. Challenging decisions, the blessing of finding love again, and the solace of a beautiful Victorian home all come together in this spellbinding, lovely novel.” —Booklist
Hi Rachel! Welcome to the blog!
Rachel: Diet Coke. I was a Diet Pepsi girl until everyone I worked with drank Diet Coke. They switched me over and I’ve never looked back.
Carrie: I knew I liked you 😉
Rachel: Sandwich with chips. My weakness. Add a Diet Coke and you can call me happy.
Carrie: I know I’m the one who comes up with these questions but i’m a ‘neither’ person lol – unless it’s my momma’s potato soup ♥
Rachel: Card games. We have good friends from New York who love to play Euchre. When we get together, we play every evening. During the summer extended family vacation, we have a Euchre tournament. Lots of bonding fun.
Carrie: oh fun! (whispers…. I have never played Euchre lol)
Rachel: Both? I live by the ocean but I love the mountains. I need both in my life.
Carrie: Great answer!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Rachel: If I could have the one I wanted, I’d be flying right now. Otherwise my personal superpower is intuition. I have a really good intuitive thread.
Carrie: Both are excellent choices!
Q: Other than the Bible, what are five of your most cherished books?
Rachel: The Little House books as a child, even into adulthood, had a strong impact on me. I’ll put them in a “one” book collection.
Song of Abraham by Ellen Gunderson Traylor inspired me to be a friend of God as well as a writer. I carry that book with me to this day.
A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg was a delight
A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams hit a chord with me. Beautiful writing, clever story telling. As a writer, I was inspired.
When God Becomes Real by Brian Johnson. This was his two-fold journey dealing with spiritual and physical attack of anxiety and fear. Having dealt with some of that in my life, I related to his story and the truth he presents. I highly recommend.
Carrie: I still have my childhood ‘yellow box set’ of the Little House books. I intended to pass them on to my daughter one day but since having children wasn’t part of God’s plan for us I just keep them for the sweet memories I associate with them
Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Rachel: The couple who owned the house before us built an octagon shaped, two-story office with wood floors and wood trim. It’s a delight. I’m on the second floor with a view of the backyard trees. It’s my one and only writing space. Well, sometimes I sit outside on the deck during the spring and fall.
Carrie: oooo that sounds delightful!!!
Q: Has one of your books or characters ever surprised you?
Rachel: Every book has a surprise character. Elle in Sweet Caroline surprised me so much she got her own story. 🙂 Rebel, a secondary character in the Songbird Novels with Sara Evans surprised me. He had a voice and told me some shocking news which added a nice twist to Softly and Tenderly.
Carrie: I love how characters have minds of their own 🙂
Q: Do you have the whole plot outlined before you start writing, or do you let the characters dictate what comes next?
Rachel: I plan the book but not chapter by chapter. I work the Story Equation and plot a high-level external journey to get at the internal character fears, wound, lie and dreams, to bring out the truths. But the middle part is kind of “feeling my way.” A lot of times the character and book plan changes as I write. I may find a better fit for an idea if I change a character slightly or a motivation. But having an idea of where I want to go helps me writing faster.
Carrie: That’s really fascinating to me!
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from The Memory House?
Rachel: Hope. While I love for readers to be entertained and inspired, I want them to close The Memory House with a hope that God is with and for them. Their life does not happen in a vacuum.
Carrie: I love that. yes.
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Rachel: Finished a book for next winter called The 5th Avenue Story Society.
Carrie: I looooooovee that title! Can’t wait!
Rachel Hauck is offering a print copy of The Memory House to one of my readers! (US only) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What interests you most about this book?