I love Rachel Hauck’s writing. Can’t wait for her new book!
“A few years ago I had the idea of a young, contemporary couple meeting by “accident” only to learn that their great-grandparents were in love but time, life, family, war, or society made their love impossible. I suppose there are a hundred ways to tell such a story but when it came time to write The Love Letter, I was slightly infatuated with the Poldark series on PBS. Set in 18th century Cornwall, the story and the characters were so dynamic I had to write my own version of Poldark. But could I write a split time with a 240-year difference? I mean, they didn’t have electricity or cell phones in 1780! They didn’t even have a postal system. Letters were carried by traveling friends or family. What possible conflicts could my historical characters face? What event could be so dark and tragic to keep them apart? The Revolutionary War created a perfect backdrop for my young lovers. I set the story in upcountry South Carolina not realizing the battle I chose for the backdrop, the Battle of Cowpens, was the inspiration for the movie The Patriot. (A fav movie of mine!) For the contemporary story, I started with shoes. I mean, doesn’t everything start with shoes? “Nice outfit but what shoes are you wearing?”