Today on Writer’s Wednesday we welcome Rachel Hauck, author of The Writing Desk.
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My Writing Desk
Welcome to my workspace. I’d love to say this is where “all the magic” happens but it is literally where “all the work gets done.”
My office is an octagon shaped turret with a copula designed and built by a former Pixar artist.
My workspace is on the second floor – hubby is on the first – and my window view is of the backyard trees. I feel like I’m working in a treehouse. Only with air conditioning.
However, the tower-like structure is also called the turret and became my “tower” and the perfect inspiration for writing The Royal Wedding Series.
I love this space. It’s bright, airy and a gift from God. And when I’m on deadline, a bit messy. (As you can see from the photo.)
Once Upon A Prince was the first book I wrote here. Since then, there have been so many fun moments starting and finishing a book. Plus all the agonizing days in between when the middle felt so sluggish and dull.
My office is for writing. As cool as it is, I don’t hang out here unless I’m working. It’s a treasure to have space at home I only use for work.
I start my writing day between 10 a.m. and Noon, depending on how close I am to deadline. When fast drafting, I may be done by 5:00 p.m. but otherwise I work until 7:00 or 8:00 p.m.
Mid-afternoon I take a snack break since I try not to eat at my desk. A writer’s life is sedentary enough without adding food to the work mix.
My other afternoon break comes from sweet fur babies—a couple of Yorkies walking their owner. They come by to visit and chow down on a treat or two.
But really, let’s talk about the obvious—that giant picture of my husband and me on the left-hand side of the office photo. Isn’t that hilarious?
Here’s the scoop. The pic was taken during our brief career as extras in a Hallmark movie. In costume, the official Hallmark photographer snapped the shot.
When we got home, I had this bright idea to create a print as a memento. Even better, a canvas of our time in the movies.
Cruising the internet, I found Canvas.com and picked the size they had on sale. Twenty inches by something… I didn’t really calculate the size. Who cares, right?
A week later when the package arrived, I could not stop laughing. It was huge!
A good idea gone bad. Where was I going to hang it? Not in the house.
My husband, a pastor, joked about hanging it in the church foyer. But, um, no.
So, I carried it up to my office and hung it beside the bookshelf. From the angle in the picture, you can’t tell but the image is actually hidden unless you walk around my desk. I forget it’s there most of the time.
But I don’t always work inside. In the early spring and late fall, I like to work out on the deck. I can spend the entire day out here. Until mosquitos and no-see-ems time start nibbling at my legs. Then I have to call it quits.
So, there’s my office spaces and a small peek into my writing life. Thanks to Tricia for sharing this space with me.
More about The Love Letter
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes a story of long-lost love and its redemption in future generations.
Romance has never been actress Chloe Daschle’s forte—in life or on screen. But everyone knows who to call for a convincing death scene . . . and it might be killing her career.
When Chloe is given a peek at the script for an epic love story, she decides to take her destiny into her own hands and request an audition for the lead female role, Esther Kingsley. The compelling tale, inspired by family lore and a one-page letter from the colonial ancestor of scriptwriter Jesse Gates, just might break her out of this career-crippling rut. Jesse would rather write about romance than live through it after his past relationship ended in disaster. But once on-set together, the chemistry between Jesse and his leading lady is hard to deny.
Centuries earlier, in the heart of the Revolutionary War, Hamilton Lightfoot and Esther Longfellow wrote their saga off the silver screen. Esther’s Loyalist father opposes any relationship with Hamilton, but Esther must face her beloved father’s disapproval and the dangers of war in order to convince Hamilton of their future together. Hamilton has loved Esther for years and on the eve of battle pens the love letter she’s always wanted—something straight from the heart.
Set in stunning upcountry South Carolina, The Love Letter is a beautifully-crafted story of the courage it takes to face down fear and chase after love, even in the darkest of times. And just maybe, all these generations later, love can come home in a way not even Hollywood could imagine.
In the style for which she is known and admired, Hauck (The Writing Desk, 2017) returns with an intricately woven tale of how a letter links the past and present. From its epic opening to its unexpected and wholly satisfying conclusion, The Love Letter serves up the perfect blend of modern and historical romance infused with exquisite vulnerability. It sweeps readers into the centuries-old drama of South Carolina and the flash of contemporary Hollywood and delightfully explores layers of social and emotional duality. — Booklist
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 and aired in April 2018. It was the #1 show for its time slot and #3 for the week in cable programming.
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.
In other news, she’s the comical sidekick to Susan May Warren at the amazing My Book Therapy. At home, she’s a wife, writer, worship leader and works out at a local 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 Urban Meyer.
She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.