Thursday, August 15, 2013

Being a Voice Not an Echo with Guest Rachel Hauck

I first heard this phrase “being a voice and not an echo” at a non-writing conference a few years ago.

The speaker was encouraging us to find life and freshness in God then speaking it out to the rest of the world.

We then find ourselves parroting heaven rather than “earth.”

There’s so much joy and life in the words coming from the heart of God rather than the heart of men.

I mean, we’ve all seen it. A news story breaks and suddenly every one is repeating the facts -- whether right or wrong -- and the world begins echoing the exact same phrases.

And it seems truth can’t get an word in edgewise!

I always cringe at the latest diet news. Don’t you? Suddenly green beans cause some life stopping disease. What?! I’ve been eating green beans my whole life.

Once it’s out there, it’s almost impossible to stop.

It’s an echo. Not a true voice.

As a writer, I’m prone to make the same mistakes. If I’m not careful, I’ll be an echo instead of a clarion sounding voice.

Even in fiction, there must be an element of truth in the story that calls to the human heart.

Writing in the Christian market pushes me to go beyond the realm of this life to find meaning and purpose for our characters. While I’m not writing sermons and devotionals set in fictional places with fictional characters, I am imitating life.

Jesus is very much a part of my every day life. So why not be a part of my writing, of my stories, of my characters?

But all too often Christian stories sound hokey, canned, full of Christianese. My first book This Time reads that way to me now. But at the time, I thought I was blowing away all the typical Christian novels. Oh, so little did I know!

What I discovered is how we talk to one another in the foyer at church, or in Sunday school class, does not translate into good fiction.

My goal is to write great stories about great characters. My stories should not have an agenda where I pound the pulpit, so to speak, with my soap box.

So how do I, or any author, develop a convincing, authentic spiritual thread?

A lot of prayer and pondering. Digging deep to translate those standard words like, “Is he a believer?” to something every one can relate to. Like, “Does he believe in Jesus?” Simple, straight forward, and a non-Christian can get it.

I avoid soap boxes. I don’t preach to the reader out of my personal wounds or doctrinal passions. One, those things are obvious. Two, they usually make for some boring prose. I try to find one truth that I’ve learned lately and weave it into my characters and let the rest flow naturally.

I’ve learned novels are not Bible studies. I don’t write and discuss long passages of scripture or quote noted Bible teachers in the midst of a story. Even if the character talking is a preacher!

I work to express God in creative ways. In one of my books, God got the heroine’s attention by having feathers appearing out of nowhere. Even inside her apartment! In another, the heroine senses a strong fragrance.

Since I can’t write about what I don’t have, my personal spiritual journey is key to the spiritual journey of the character. I need to be spending time with Him, hanging out with His Spirit to get a sense of who He is in greater measure. Often, those revelations find themselves in my characters!

If I’m not going deep in God, spending time at His feet, praying, worshipping, fellowshipping with others in the body of Christ, my spiritual message will be flat.

But as I spend time in His presence, meditating on His Word, the spiritual thread becomes a part of me, a part of the character, a part of the whole book. And I may only have to mention Jesus once. But He’s everywhere in the story, seen but unseen.

That’s how to be a voice and not an echo. By being lead by the Spirit not doctrine. I don’t just repeat what others are saying. I get my own revelation and then back it up with the truth of the Word, praying for a way to weave it into my character’s journey.

Am I perfect at it. Nope! But it’s my heart to be a voice not an echo. 

When have you realized you spoke something out as a voice not an echo? Even if it wasn't popular? If you're a writer, did it end up in your story?  

Thanks to Seekerville, a place for voices, for having me here today!


Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as RITA nominated The Wedding Dress and RITA nominated Love Starts with Elle. She penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Their novel Softly and Tenderly, was one of Booklists 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals.

A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, she worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in uncomfortable chair to write full time in 2004.

Rachel serves on the Executive Board of American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship at their annual conference. She is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker.

She writes from her two-story tower in an exceedingly more comfy chair. 

She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.

Here latest release is Once Upon A Prince, is the first book in the Royal Wedding Series. 

Today Rachel is giving one commenter a copy of Once Upon A Prince. Comment and let us know you want to be in the drawing.  

For extra fun, check out Rachel's interview on her RITA finaling book, The Wedding Dress, here.


Tina Radcliffe said...

Welcome to Seekerville, Rachel.

I recently read The Wedding Dress and over enthusiastically emailed Rachel, then stalked her a while and finally got up the courage to ask her to guest in Seekerville!

I'm delighted she's our guest today.

We brought out the royal china in her honor and we have macaroons and tea along with Helen's coffee.

Help yourself and let's pick her brain.

CatMom said...

Welcome Rachel!!

I enjoyed your inspiring post--loved what you said about being a voice and not an echo--WOW! What a powerful idea and what our hurting world needs today---many more voices sharing the Truth. And as writers we have golden opportunities to share through our writing (without preaching *wink*).

CONGRATS on all your writing success (including RITA Finalist!). Loved The Wedding Dress (a dear friend gave it to me last year for my birthday) and now I'm eager to read your Royal Wedding stories.

I'm so excited that Tina got out the royal china for your visit, Rachel. I have a Georgia Peach cobbler and some peach muffins baking in the oven, and I've never served those goodies on china before---how FUN! After the macaroons are gone I'll set out the peach desserts.

Thank you again for sharing with us! (Please enter me in the drawing for your book!).
Hugs from Georgia, Patti Jo

p.s. You always do an amazing job leading our music at ACFW--thank you! :)

Tina Radcliffe said...

Of course the big question is --where did the royalty theme come from and how many books will be in this series??

Marilyn Baxter said...

Oh wow. Y'all always ask the hard questions. Sometimes I don't think I have any voice and I just echo, echo, echo. It always seems awkward to me to mention my divorce on an inspirational site, but I think that may have been one time in my life when I spoke something out as a voice. And it definitely wasn't popular. But it was what I had to do. It was the right thing to do. And while there's been a lot of hurt in my recent years as a result, there's been no guilt. The whole experience brought me back to church -- back to the denomination in which I was raised. It's a small congregation, but a very caring one. I've become involved in a couple things including re-doing the church's website. And just last week the discipleship chairman said a new member had commented on our website and how he thought it was better than lots of larger church ones. But I digress.

I found a voice and a backbone I never knew I had. And after going through a divorce and grief recovery program, I became a facilitator in that program so I could help others find their voice too and work through the grief of a divorce.

I haven't read any of Rachel's books but *sigh* I see my TBR pile growing. ;-)


Cindy W. said...

Thank you Rachel. You spoke something that truly needs to be contemplated. I guess we tend to echo what we hear, it's part of our DNA, but that can be changed and I thank you for presenting it in such a way that I can pick it up, dissect it and start implementing it.

I would love to be in your giveaway.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

Jackie said...

Welcome to Seekerville, Rachel!

I loved Once Upon a Prince. I think that and Elle's story may be my favorites.

More than once I've been in church and the sermon clicks with the spiritual thread in my WIP. I start taking notes all over my bulletin and then I wonder how God feels about me taking notes for my character's spiritual journey.

I hope I grow as my characters grow, and I hope to honor God with my stories one day.

Thanks so much for sharing with us today.

Glynna Kaye said...

Welcome to Seekerville, Rachel! Thank you for the tips on weaving God into our stories naturally. There's nothing worse than a book coming to a screeching halt for what you suspect the author feels is a mandatory "and now a word from our Heavenly sponsor" -- and then after the lengthy & sometimes stilted passage, the story picks up again and moves on.

Naomi Rawlings said...

Thanks for the post, Rachel. :-)

Connie Queen said...

I'm in the process of taking an old wip and converting it an inspirational. So in a way, I feel like a fraud. The characters were already there, the plot decided, but I did change the motivation.

Thanks for the post, Rachel.

Bridgett Henson said...

Rachel ~ "If I’m not going deep in God, spending time at His feet, praying, worshipping, fellowshipping with others in the body of Christ, my spiritual message will be flat."

I'll be an echo to this phrase. :)

I've found if I am low spiritually, my writing takes on the echo of preaching and soapboxes or it lacks a spiritual thread altogether.

No need to enter me in the drawing, I loved ONCE UPON A PRINCE. Especially when a worldly man would be ashamed of a white dress, he encourages her to hold her head up. I could say more but, I don't want to spoil it for future readers.

Jeanne T said...

Rachel, I love the idea of being a voice and not an echo. It's something I want to do, but don't always succeed at. I definitely want to take this concept into my stories. I'm so glad you shared it!

Jeanne T said...

Oh, please don't put me in the drawing. I have Once Upon a Prince, and I loved it!

Rachel Hauck said...

Tina, thank you and Seekerville for having me today! How fun!

And SORRY about the typos and few grammatic "eeks." Thus the life of a writer on the blog-go.

To answer your question where the royal series came from... my head! Lol. And my heart.

I watched the royal wedding in 2011 and decided it was a good theme. And I knew, knew, knew Kate would awaken American's love of the royals and be on the cover of some magazine monthly if not weekly.

So, I did a bit of strategizing, trying to pair what I loved and found interesting to what might be going on in the world in 2013. :)

It's been a fun series. Lots of interesting history around royals.


Rachel Hauck said...


Thanks for the welcome! It's good to be here. And for the congrats on the books and worship. I'm truly humbled...

Peach muffins! Girl you are singing my language. I love anything peach or cherry!

Will I see you at ACFW this year?


Rachel Hauck said...

Marilyn, you are dead on with being a voice by serving in your local church. That's what it's all about...

Finding healing, help and hope in the church, serving, letting God transform us in the midst of the body of Christ.

Echoes sit back and complain or stay wounded, you know! YOU ARE A VOICE!


Rachel Hauck said...

Thanks Cindy W.!

Rachel Hauck said...

Jackie, thank you! I think Love Starts With Elle has been a favorite of a lot of people, and Once Upon A Prince has a similar hero... and heroine. :)

Thanks for posting here today!


Janet Dean said...

Rachel, wonderful to have you in Seekerville! I find it's easy to avoid preaching in books but creating characters with a fresh spiritual journey is far tougher. Do you ever feel you're rewriting the same spiritual journey? Perhaps the freshness comes in the tiny details we plant in the story, in snippets of dialogue that create aha moments for our readers.

Love that you said: But as I spend time in His presence, meditating on His Word, the spiritual thread becomes a part of me, a part of the character, a part of the whole book. And I may only have to mention Jesus once. But He’s everywhere in the story, seen but unseen.

So true! Sometimes God gives me insight into my character's issues when I'm mediatating on his Word and talking to Him.


Rachel Hauck said...

Glynna, that's hilarious... "And now a word from our sponsor." That's exactly how it feels. :) But we read on because the story is good.

It's hard, very hard, to weave in an organic spiritual thread. We probably all botch it from time to time tho think we have it nailed. We are who we are...

God be glorified through it all!


Rachel Hauck said...

Naomi, thanks for coming by!


Rachel Hauck said...

Connie, you're not a fraud, girl! Good for you to revamp an older novel and layer in some spiritual truths!

Great idea!


Rachel Hauck said...

Bridgett, you know if you repeat any truth or phrase you hear from others three times, you attribute them but after that, the line is yours! :)

Make it your own.

So glad you loved Once Upon A Prince. Thanks for posting.


Rachel Hauck said...

Jeanne T is in the house! Thanks for popping by, friend!


Julie Lessman said...


And right off the bat I want to "echo" what Patti Jo said about the worship at ACFW -- you and your very talented crew (which includes the Holy Spirit, of course!) ALWAYS usher me into the throne room of God, coaxing tears from my eyes and hope into my soul. Thank you for that beautiful respite in the midst of an already wonderful, albeit busy, conference.

You said: "But as I spend time in His presence, meditating on His Word, the spiritual thread becomes a part of me, a part of the character, a part of the whole book."

For me as a Christian author, that is the most essential thing -- that my relationship with Christ translates into my characters, making that intimate connection with Him as natural as breathing. I feel like I did that in my first book, A Passion Most Pure, more than any of the others, infusing into the heroine Faith O'Connor the same natural rapport with God that I cling to in my own life. I knew that Faith's frequent prayers and "discussions" with the Almighty would be foreign to some, but I had hoped (and prayed) the natural feel of them in HER life would reflect the reality of how natural and fulfilling an intimate relationship with God can and SHOULD be. Like breathing. As Christian authors, we may write fiction, but this is NOT a fairy tale here. It is possible to have a living, breathing relationship with the God of the Universe, and if we can show that in our books -- overtly or otherwise -- then surely we have put a smile on God's face.

LOVED this blog today, Rachel, which is no surprise because as a writer, you are one of the best out there.


Elaine Manders said...

Hi Rachel

My approach has been to ask the Spirit to lead and I don't put any conscious effort into adding a spiritual thread, but in the end there is one.

I'm really interested in your Royal Weddings series.

Laurie Tomlinson said...

I'd love a copy! Can't wait to see you at ACFW!

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi RACHEL, Welcome to Seekerville.

I must echo Patti Jo and Julie. I always love the worship music at ACFW. I met you years ago when ACFW was just beginning. What a journey and look how far CBA fiction has come. What a blessing and you were a big part of it. smile

Have fun today.

Cindy Regnier said...

Rachel - LOVE your books!
Just yesterday I finished reading a book that had a strong Christian message. However, it was not evident by the title or the back cover blurb that this would be the case. Some of the reviews for this book were scathing, disappointed in the Christian aspect of "the answer to the suspense" or the "whodunit". Even though this particular book presented it well, I get what you are saying. A non-Christian who picks up a Christian book is a real opportunity for the author to speak to that person - so don't blow it. Preachiness, Christianese, even as a Christian I don't enjoy reading that so much. Real life characters and situations are what will speak the loudest, but got to have that Christian aspect too - to me THAT is real life! Great post and I identify so well with your perspective!

Rachel Hauck said...


I love what you said here: "It is possible to have a living, breathing relationship with the God of the Universe, and if we can show that in our books -- overtly or otherwise -- then surely we have put a smile on God's face."

Such a great point. We make Him smile when we speak His name or glance His way.

That's being a voice tho... doing it YOUR way out of the truth and sincerity of your heart. Out of your own walk and experience with God. That's why YOUR books resonate so much with readers!

Keep rocking it, Julie!!

Love, Rachel

Courtney Faith said...

I think this is a very important topic that I'm keeping in mind as I write my WIP. The spiritual theme of the story is vital, and I want to deliver it in a way that pleases God. You're absolutely right--to do that, my personal fellowship with Him needs to be right.

Thanks for this post:) Please enter me!

Rachel Hauck said...

Elaine, I have a similar approach. I write the story expecting the spiritual thread to make itself known!


Rachel Hauck said...


Yea, sometimes I feel like I'm redoing a spiritual theme but I'm not sure that's a bad thing though we need not be lazy about it. You know?

I always have some kind of destiny "theme" and finding life's call through Jesus. But I hope the confession and epiphany of each book is varied.

Thanks for having me on Seekville, Janet.


Rachel Hauck said...

Sandra! I remember meeting you at ACFW. And yes, look how far we've come! With more to go.


Rachel Hauck said...

Courtney, blessings on your story. I know the Lord will speak through you and your characters!


Rachel Hauck said...

Laurie, see you in Indy!


Rachel Hauck said...

Cindy, man, it's hard for us to share Christ when we are face to face with folks, you know, so I think as authors we tend to 1. under play it or 2. over play it. LOL

Let the characters do what we're too afraid or shy to do. Or lack opportunity to do.

But the more real we are about our faith, the more real the characters. I don't think every Christian author has to have a strong faith message but hope should be an underlying component because we have HIS hope in us.

Christian readers often like that spiritual conclusion or tie in.

At the same time, as a Christian author who's books are shelved on the CBA shelves it's safe to assume my audience is Christian and I need to write to that core.

Rachel :)

Tina Radcliffe said...

"We make Him smile when we speak His name or glance His way."

That is a wonderful thought to tuck away in my heart today.

Thanks for the reminder.

Carol Moncado said...

Rachel -

I LOVED Once Upon a Prince!! And can't wait for the others!! Are there just two? Or three?

And I love that thought about being a voice not an echo. Not sure I succeed but I try...

Janet Dean said...

Looking forward to seeing you in Indy, Rachel, and the fabulous worship you lead!


Tina Radcliffe said...

Quick question. How much input do you get on the covers for your books.

Although that is a strange question as they are different publishers.

I took a sneak peek at your website and your February release, Princess Ever After is equally gorgeous.

Rachel Hauck said...

Carol, thanks for the Prince hugs!

And I'm sure any effort to be a voice makes you one!

I really didn't stress this but my hope in this post was to give us courage and belief that we ALL have something unique to say. God designed us that way.

No one can say, "I love you, Jesus!" like you.

No one can say it like I do.

That's what makes us each His favorite one!!


Anna R. Weaver said...

Thanks for sharing, Rachel! I'm trying to work the spiritual thread into my WIP without it coming across as preachy... And it is tricky! I'm just praying my way through. :)

Tina Radcliffe said...

Rachel, Anna R below and her entire family have a beautiful traveling music ministry!!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Duh. Anna Weaver. Need. Coffee.

Tina Radcliffe said...

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Melissa Tagg said...

"If I’m not going deep in God, spending time at His feet, praying, worshipping, fellowshipping with others in the body of Christ, my spiritual message will be flat." Amen to that! Man, you are someone I so look up to, Rachel, as an example of how to go deep in my own spiritual life and in my stories.

Awesome post!

PatriciaW said...

Hi Rachel! My very first Rachel Hauck book was Georgia On My Mind. I found it to be everything that you described. Looking back over my reading notes (yes, I keep a spreadsheet), the phrase I always use to describe your books is "gentle faith". And I love that about your books. It's something I so hope to infuse my stories with to be a voice, not an echo.

Rachel Hauck said...

Anna, that's what you do. Pray your way through. Rearchitect common phrases we use at church to sound more down to earth.

"I got saved" becomes "I've met the One. I'm changed. I feel it."

Instead of prayers write a whisper of a thought, "I can do all things..."

You can do it!


Rachel Hauck said...


Quick question. How much input do you get on the covers for your books.

RH: Conceptually, not much, but I give them ideas before they go to design. Then afterwards, I speak into color, etc. It was my idea for the crown in her hand on Princess Ever After. The Prince cover was the mock up! We all loved it!

Although that is a strange question as they are different publishers.

RH: I've had about the same experience at all my publishers.

I took a sneak peek at your website and your February release, Princess Ever After is equally gorgeous.

RH: Thank you! I like it too!! :)

Rachel Hauck said...

MTagg, you are a light to many! Can't wait for you book to hit the shelves next month!!


Rachel Hauck said...

Patricia, a spreadsheet? You're my heroine! Wow.

And thank you for sharing that "gentle faith" comment. I appreciate it.

Keep writing! The world needs your voice!


Ron Estrada said...

This hits home. As we get older, it seems we're better able to express our faith in different ways. Probably because we tend to think differently about our beliefs. We question "facts" we once thought sacred. As fiction writers, we're given more freedom to express those thoughts that may be considered outrageous by our Christian families. When I read The Shack, I knew this author would be raked over the coals. But through fiction, he was able to express a view on the character of God I never could have pulled out of a non-fiction title. We can write things we don't agree with. That's the beauty of fiction. Our task is to explore the possibilites for all they're worth without feeling bound by certain rules and "facts." Thanks for the post. It certainly made me think.

Charity U said...
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Charity U said...

I am SO excited to read this book -- the cover is enchanting, and all the reviews I've read have been positive! It's high on my to-read list. :) Thanks for the giveaway, Rachel!

Rachel Hauck said...


I love this "we can write things we disagree with."

So true. I did that in The Sweet By and By. While I'm a staunch pro lifer, I argued the Mama's side of an abortion debate with the passion I thought she'd have over her teen daughter's pregnancy.

I don't feel I watered down my pro life message at all or compromised by "showing" how the Mama felt.

That's the balance. Truth in the midst of life. :)


Rachel Hauck said...

Charity, hey! Thanks so much! It's been getting some good buzz. ;)

Good luck in the draw!


Ruth Logan Herne said...

Rachel, hello! So nice to have you here... like Sandra your music ministry at conferences always touched my heart. Your honest and sweet nature shines through your voice.

I'm on the road and my phone hates me so I'll stop in again later, but I loved the simple grace of this post.

Rachel Hauck said...

Hi Ruth!

Thank you! Appreciate you and all the SeekerS!


Walt Mussell said...

One of my challenges in my writing is that I've been told that one of my characters is too preachy. One friend of mine who writes very inspirational work, but does not write for the inspirational market, suggested that I was trying too hard.

I'm trying that with the current WIP that I'm working on to submit to LIS.

Cara Lynn James said...

Hey, Rachel! I'm afraid I'm going to echo what you said -- it's so important not to use powerful spiritual truths in unique ways that aren't preachy. There are so many inspirational books out there that echo the same spiritual themes and verses. I love to read stories that are about different aspects of faith.

Mary Connealy said...

Rachel taught me that. I remember but I have to stare at Rachel for six seconds of dead thinking before I speak, which I'm sure she finds unnerving. But then, by golly, I pronounce her name right.

Tina Radcliffe said...

No worries Mary whose name I pronounced Con a lee for years.

It is actually. Ka kneel lee.

Mary Connealy said...

I had fun hanging around with you at RWA, Rachel. :)

Mary Connealy said...

It rhymes with Swahili
Vince taught me that

smith938 said...

I saw your name mentioned over at Yankeebelle cafe blog and thought it sounded familiar. Ended up having to go to Amazon and see why it was familar- it was the Lost in Nashvegas book...and I read was read several years ago in my chick-lit phase I went through briefly (found the genre as a whole too irritating though yours wasn't - I just thought uh-oh at a certain point and sure enough...poor girl!)hm just saw there's another nashvegas book..dont' rememeber seeing that one back then!
Susanna who's gonna try posting here once more...usually it's a no-go for me and my post gets lost...but not in cybervegas or something...

Jan Drexler said...

Hi Rachel!

Love this post - and it's especially timely for me!

One advantage to writing Amish stories is that the reader assumes the characters are Christian, so my challenge is to 1) show that just because you're Amish (or any other denomination) doesn't mean you're a Christian, and 2) show how a Christian responds in the situations my characters end up in.

And I agree with you 100% in losing the preachiness in inspirational stories. Isn't that the epitome of "show, don't tell"?

Thanks for stopping by! I enjoyed your visit at the Yankee Belle Cafe, too. I've got to make Missy's salad SOON! I've been thinking about it all day!

Wilani Wahl said...

I will try again. I would love to win this book. I am currently reading the Wedding Dress and love it.

Wilani Wahl

Debby Giusti said...

Why am I late to Seekerville today...of all days?

Welcome, Rachel! I was thrilled to read your post. Loved your wisdom. You're so right.

Seems too many people have lost their virtue and forsaken truth. We need strong voices to lead the way. Show by example. Have the courage to go against the crowd when the crowd has it wrong. Embrace the broken and usher them gently to a place of healing and light. All of which you do so well.

God's smiling! So am I.

Love you!

Debby Giusti said...


Your new releases look utterly delicious! Such beautiful covers. Who doesn't love a princess story!

So good seeing you in Atlanta. Looking forward to ACFW. Your music is always a high point for me.

Go Bucks! :)

Debby Giusti said...

Since Swahili Mary shared last name tips, I'll add mine:

Remember JUICE and TEA when you think of me...JUICE TEA!


Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

Hey Rachel, all of your books look awesome! Thanks for the awesome giveaway and God Bless!
Sarah Richmond

Rachel Hauck said...


I was definitely preachy in the beginning. I thought I was being so honest and "real."

Fiction is hyperbole but when it comes to writing dialog and thoughts related to the Lord, we rearchitect our words.

BUT, we can think outside the box. Show God in other ways. I used the supernatural.

But just a simple word of truth between characters is so powerful.

Take the theme of your book and have one character break down the bottom line truth to another in one or two lines of dialog.

The reader will go, "Ah!"

Blessings on your work.


Rachel Hauck said...

Cara, you are so right. So many good books out there with well told truths!


Rachel Hauck said...

Mary, you crack me up!!

It was awesome to see you at RWA. And everyone, know that Mary did a fabulous job announcing the RITA Inspirational finalists!!


Rachel Hauck said...

Susanna, that's funny, "post get lost but not in Nashvegas!" :)

Thanks for reading! I did do a second Nashvegas book, Diva Nashvegas, which was a bit more on the romance side.

Isn't it amazing how fast chick lit died!? But I think it's kind of morphed into something broader than the poor girl who slips on a banana peel in front of the hunky man while her boss chases after her, firing her. :)

That does get old.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Rachel Hauck said...

Jan, you're so right about Amish. They have the inherit faith message and LOOK how popular they are.

People want hope. They want peace. They want quiet lives.

Blessings on your work!


Rachel Hauck said...


Good to see you here. :) Good luck on the book draw!

Rachel :)

Rachel Hauck said...

Debbie, I love the way you taught us to pronounce your name!

Mary, did you get that? Be practiced for the RITAs next year!

Thanks for you kind words, Debbie. Y'all this woman has special place in my heart. Emailed me on a particularly hard day out of the blue and told me the Lord had her praying for me. Really made my day and reminded me, He is watching. He is there!!!

And on top of that, she's a fellow Buckeye AND sister in the Lord.

Got to love her!

Love you, Debbie!

Rachel Hauck said...

Hi Sarah, thank you very much! Great to meet you!


Ruth Logan Herne said...

What is this Buckeye thing of which you ladies speak?


Names are funny things. But Rachel if you wanted to mess up Mary's name at a conference...I'd pay ya'.

Virginia Carmichael Munoz said...

"And I may only have to mention Jesus once. But He’s everywhere in the story, seen but unseen."

I love that.

I like to write characters who are in different stages of the journey, even if it's the two characters we're supposed to 'look up to'. I admire the 'seekers' (original, not these Seekers, although they're cool, too!) who yearn to find God's will. Sometimes the longer the journey, the more I admire their perseverance when they finally come home.

Lovely blog post! It's nice to put a face with the book covers.

Virginia Carmichael

Virginia Carmichael Munoz said...

mary said-" I remember but I have to stare at Rachel for six seconds of dead thinking before I speak, which I'm sure she finds unnerving. But then, by golly, I pronounce her name right."

OH, hahahaha! I just inhaled some tea and had to be pounded on the back my one of my kids. OW! My sinuses!

Mary Swahili should come with a warning.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Ruthy, Buckeyes are as fanatical about their Ohio State Football as you are about your NY Yankees.

I only know this because I used to work with one. They wear red, ALOT.

Debby Giusti said...

That would be scarlet and gray, Tina, my dear. :)

Tina Radcliffe said...

It looks red to the untrained eye. How do you know this JuiceTea??

Amy K said...

Rachel, I absolutely loved The Wedding Dress! And I can't wait to read Once Upon a Prince. I never know what I am going to find when I open your books!
God bless!

Pam Hillman said...

....meaning and purpose for our characters.


This is so powerful. Meaning and purpose, not just card-board cutouts.

Thanks for this reminder, Rachel!

Stephanie Queen Ludwig said...

Hi Rachel! I LOVED The Wedding Dress. It was one I had wanted to read and finally got it at ACFW last year. I've passed it around to my mom, several friends, recommended to even more,and given it as a gift. Great book!

I SO appreciate your post today. It's something I struggle with, trying to make the God scenes seem real and not forced. And you're right, it's NOT the same way people talk in the foyer after church! You also convicted me on your comment about making sure my spiritual life is in order before I try to write about someone else's. I often forget to pray before I start writing, and more often than not, my writing then feels flat and tasteless. Apparently, "seasoned with salt" applies to my writing as well!

Have a great day, and looking forward to reading the Royal Wedding series!

stephludwig at hotmail dot com

Debby Giusti said...

Tina, I bleed scarlet and gray just like Rachel. :)

Ohio State is my alma mater.

momofmhasr said...

I would love to read this book, it is on my list of wants :)

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

Rachel, one of my repeat themes in my voice is of obedience to God even if it means radical obedience. And in my writing I ended up with that theme and voice in my debut fiction novella. And it convicted me further that the spiritual arc and noble theme are what differentiates our Christian writing from others'. The author who inspired me to keep looking for deep spiritual truths for my stories is a lovely lady--her name is Rachel Hauck and I was just thinking about this very fact the other day. Then I see your post (thank u Julie !!!) Many blessings!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Oh, my gosh, JuiceTea. I had no idea.

Another one.

Jackie Smith said...

Good to see you here, Rachel...loved your post!
I have read The Wedding Dress, This Time, and Once Upon a Prince and loved them!!!
Keep up the great are an inspiration to us readers!

Nancy Kimball said...

Tina you're cracking me up with JuiceTea but I'm sure Debby is used to it. You all are so fun and I love being able to come read the comments here to help center what has been a CRAZY day. (In a good way. ;-)
P.S. You (and Ruthy) were right. I got an email and a call today. =) Hope to be able to make it official REALLY SOON.

Nancy Kimball said...

Rachel, when I attended conference for the first time, worship was one of my highlights. Absolutely loved it. Thank you for all you do. =)

Mary Hicks said...

Thanks for a wonderful post, Rachel. You gave some really good things to think about.

I like the cover of the The Wedding Dress.

Rachel Hauck said...

You guys are killing me with these fun posts!

Yes, i bleed Scarlet and Grey along with Debbie. We are serious about our football and loyalty to the home TEAM! #Buckeyes!


Piper Huguley said...


It was fun meeting you at RWA, even our encounter was brief. I've been an admirer of your work and it is always good to meet real-life authors in person!

I really appreciate the post today. The responsibility of being a voice can be very lonely, but the knowledge that God is always present should be a comfort. Your post is a great reminder of that, so thank you for your words.


Rachel Hauck said...

Virginia, love this:

Sometimes the longer the journey, the more I admire their perseverance when they finally come home.

So true! Great imagery!


Rachel Hauck said...

Piper: It was fun meeting you at RWA...

Hi Piper! Good to see you here and lovely to meet you at RWA. Blessings to you!


Rachel Hauck said...

Amy K., thank you! Nice compliment!


Rachel Hauck said...

Thanks Pam!! Trying to keep it real!


Rachel Hauck said...

Stephanie, that's the beauty of what we do. God takes us to new depths and heights in Him so we can write about it with sincerity and clarity, and that ping of truth!

Blessings on your work!!!!


Rachel Hauck said...

Carrie, great point!!

"And it convicted me further that the spiritual arc and noble theme are what differentiates our Christian writing from others'."

Well said!


Rachel Hauck said...


"But Rachel if you wanted to mess up Mary's name at a conference...I'd pay ya'."


But I'm not sure I could do that to Mary who so kindly worked to pronounce my name right. In front of 2000 ppl!

I think I might owe her one.


Rachel Hauck said...

Jackie, OH MY you read This Time. One of my early books... didn't do the spiritual thread so well.

But thank you for your kind words!!! I'll take 'em!


Rachel Hauck said...

Nancy, congratulations!!!! Seems like good news is on it's way!


Rachel Hauck said...

Mary, thank you!!


Missy Tippens said...

Rachel, welcome!! I'm finally able to come join y'all. We moved my son off to college today (sniff, sniff)

Great post! I so agree. I've found I tend to write into my characters things that God has been dealing with in me. It's a great way to remind myself what I'm learning. :)

Tina Radcliffe said...

Nancy Kimball. I almost missed your words that were hidden in your post.

1. Ruth and I were right? In the same sentence. I feel the earth tilting on its axis.

2.Got an email and a call and hope to be able to make it official soon.


Missy Tippens said...

Tina, thanks for mentioned the Cafe today! One of my favorite recipes to eat, and now to make.

Chill N said...

A voice not an echo ... Inspiring insight in such simple words. Thank you!

Nancy c

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

Thanks Rachel--I learned that from you but I had to experience it in my own writing to "get it." You are an awesome role model!

Lyndee H said...

Hi Rachel,
Love your witness. Thank you!

I so enjoyed The Wedding Dress. I'm looking forward to reading more of your books.

And, I won't hold it against you for being a Buckeye fan if you won't hold it against me for being a Nittany Lion fan, ;)

Debby Giusti said...

Lyndee is wonderful, Rachel, even if she cheers for the wrong team. :)

Oh my gosh, Nancy K!!!!!!!!

Holding breath! Waiting for more info!!!!

How long do we have to wait?

Glynna Kaye said...

Rachel -- Sorry I didn't get to "hang out" today and join in the ongoing conversations around your thoughtful and inspiring post, but the day job called. I've always enjoyed your workshops at ACFW -- wish I could go this year as it looks like you'll be having some dynamic sessions again. (I'll have to get the CDs!) Thank you again for joining us here in Seekerville today!

Wanda B said...

I have so been wanting to read your book Rachel so put my name in the drawing, please. Thank you for the great post and giveaway!

Wanda Barefoot

Mary Preston said...

A wonderful post thank you. I would love to read ONCE UPON A PRINCE.

Leanna Ellis said...

Great blog post, Rachel! Important for writers to know! Blessings, Leanna

Anna R. Weaver said...

Thanks, Tina! :)

Rachel Hauck said...

Missy... sniff sniff with you! But he'll do awesome! What a wonderful time in his life.

I read all the remaining post and just want to say THANK YOU Seekerville for making me feel so loved.

Blessings and HUGS to all!!


Barbara Thompson said...

Rachel, I'm not a writer, just a reader. I enjoyed your post. Your book sounds great. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thank you!!
Barbara Thompson