Welcome author Rachel Hauck for this week’s Thirteen for Thursday
Who was your first book boyfriend/girlfriend?
RH: You know I never really thought about this until I heard readers talking about “book boyfriends” a few years ago. To be honest, I thought it was silly. But when I read this question, I knew immediately who my first book love was: Almanzo Wilder from Farmer Boy, book three in the Little House Books.
What is the most interesting topic you’ve researched?
RH: The country music industry. My first trade size novels were set in Nashville and in the music industry. I spent a lot of time on Music Row, talking to songwriters and haning out at the Bluebird Café. It was a lot of fun. Years later when I wrote three novels with artist Sara Evans, I understood her world very well.
What is your favorite book, song, and/or movie guilty pleasure?
RH: I don’t know about guilty, but I’m sort of addicted to Downton Abbey.
You’re trying to find a brand-new author to read. No recommendations allowed. What’s your decision process?
RH: I look at “also boughts” on Amazon. If I find readers like a “new to me author” based on known authors, I’ll give them a try. Sometimes I just spend time searching book sites to see what’s new, use the Look Inside to get a feel for the story. It’s fun.
What is your non-writing superpower?
RH: Singing! If you play four chords, I can sing with you. I can make up words, I can follow the melody. If it’s a song I’ve never heard before, I pick it up after a few measures. I’m a novice keyboard player, and I am an expert at E and A on the guitar, so I’m not a musician, but I can feel the music and anticipate lyrics. Does this count as a superpower?
What are your favorite and least favorite words? (in any language…)
RH: Favorite word: Joy! I mean, what’s not to like. Least favorite: F-bomb.
What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done while sober?
RH: Back in my corporate life, I traveled a lot. One year, my boss sent me Down Under to Australia twice. It’s a long way across the Pacific and once I arrived, I was in a different time zone and driving on the wrong side of the road! But it was fun and I meet really great people.
What’s the one word you know from seeing in print, but have no idea how to pronounce?
RH: It’s a British name: Siobhan. I have NO idea how to pronounce it. But I imagine it sounds lovely and lyrical. 🙂
What is your favorite movie quote and why?
RH: You’re kidding, right? Only one? There are so many. There’s “I’ll wait for you, baby,” from It’s A Wonderful Life. Or “After all, tomorrow is another day,” from Gone With the Wind. Another is “You don’t understand, I coulda had class, I coulda been a contender…” from On The Waterfront. Seriously, I could do this all day and still not hit “my most favorite.” 🙂
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
RH: A writer. Always. Well, and famous but that’s rather an obtuse goal. I always loved reading and writing. My dear father, God rest his soul, told me all the time, “You’re a writer, be a writer.” So I listened.
If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
RH: Oh, so many. Probably I’d go back to the birth of Christ. I mean the man split time. I’d love to have seen or felt what the world was like on that night. Also, to know the exact date! We celebrate it on December 25th but not on knows for sure.
What is the first movie you remember seeing?
RH: Bambi! Then I had nightmares of my mother dying. Probably not a good flick for a four year old.
If you could speak a second language, what would it be and why?
RH: Spanish. I love the language and have very minor skills. But so many in speak Spanish today so it would be a useful tool.
What is one motto or philosophy you consistently live by?
RH: Love well. You can never go wrong by choosing to love. Even if you disagree with someone, you can love them.
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Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.
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. Three more of her titles are under film contract.
Rachel was awarded the prestigious Career Achievement Award for her body of original work by Romantic Times Book Reviews.
A retired member of the American Christian Fiction Writers Executive Board, she teaches workshops and leads worship at the annual conference. She is a past Mentor of The Year.
In the real world, 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.
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