12 March 2008

CFBA blog tour Sweet Caroline by Rachel Hauck


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Sweet Caroline
(Thomas Nelson February 12, 2008

by

Rachel Hauck


Interview with Rachel

Firstly thanks for agreeing to this interview
Thank you!

1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I'm married to my best friend. Our anniversary is coming up, 16 years! I'm a worship and prayer leader, and also lead a dream interpretation team. I am a huge Buckeye's football fan! Also, I have 2 dogs and a cat.

2. How did you know you wanted to be a writer, have you always had the desire or did it come later?
I wanted to write from a young age. Ten is the "author" age. Most of us say we wanted to write from the time we were ten. My dad was a huge influence in my writing career, proclaiming my destiny as a writer. I studied Journalism in college and in my early thirties, started writing novels.

3. If you were not a writer what would you like to be?
I have thought a lot about this and I have no idea. God would need to remap my DNA, cause I have not other desire.

4. What was you motivation for writing Sweet Caroline (I have to say i really enjoyed this book)?
I had the title for a long time, but not the story. I came up with the idea to write a book set in South Carolina, figured the title fit, but I had no characters or plot. I worked that out with my brainstorm buddies, Susie Warren and Christine Lynxwiler, but the story changed a lot as I worked on it. It's always my desire to writing a fun story with underlying spiritual and natural themes.

5. How do you come up with the characters for your books and are they modeled on people you know?
They are a mixture of experience and people I know. Caroline is not at all like me so I pattered her after a young woman I know. I listen as people tell stories and talk, figure out what would make a good quality or quirk in a character.

6. What was the Hardest part of writing "Sweet Caroline"?
I had a really hard time nailing the plot. Plus, I have to know the characters really well for them to feel authentic and that just takes time.

7. Will we see anymore books about Caroline?
We catch up with her in the next book, Love Starts With Elle.

8. Can you tell us about any upcoming projects?
Next is Love Starts With Elle from Thomas Nelson, coming out this June/July

9. How can readers find you on the web?
My web site, www.rachelhauck.com.

10. Do you have any final thoughts for us?
Just grace and peace. In a world full of turmoil take hope that our Redeemer lives!

Finally thank you so much for agreeing to this interview and sharing your time with us. I have New Hampshire weddings which I found on my last trip to the city which I have on my to be read list.

Thanks, Jenny!!


Rachel has several other books that have been received with great praise, including Diva Nash Vegas and Lost In Nash Vegas

You can purchase copies of Rachel's books, signed personally for you,
at this site: Signed by the Author.com

ABOUT THE BOOK

When a Southern waitress inherits the Lowcountry cafe where she works, she suddenly has to balance more than just her next food order.

Caroline Sweeney has always done the right thing--the responsible, dependable thing--unlike her mother who abandoned her family. But when her best friend challenges her to accept an exciting job adventure in Barcelona, Spain, Caroline says "yes" to destiny.

Then, without warning, ownership of the run-down cafe where she's been waitressing falls right into Caroline's lap. While she's trying to determine the cafe's future, handsome Deputy Sherriff J.D. Rand captures Caroline's heart.

But when her first love, Mitch O'Neal, comes back to town, fresh from the heat of his newly-found fame as a country music singer in Nashville, Caroline must make some hard choices about love and the pursuit of the sweet life.

My Review of Sweet Caroline

I loved the book, I love the way Caroline has a need to help people and has a real heart for her friends. In the book she ends up as owner of the cafe shes been working in and her friend offers her a dream job in Barcelona. We see her with many choices and challenges and I loved seeing how she dealt with each situation. Also the reintroduction of her old boyfriend Mitch and the deputy sheriff JD at to the drama. I really enjoyed how Rachel tackled the different situations and there were several twists I didn't see coming which made it even more enjoyable. I look forward to the next book. I give this book 5 stars.

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