Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Thank you, Fiona. I am glad to be here.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My name is Virginia Kohl. I am 33 yrs old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I am originally from Germany, but now I reside in Texas.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am a college math professor who enjoys passing my love of learning on to my students. When not teaching, I can be found writing, reading, attending gatherings of my local writers guild, and spending time with my family. I share my home with my illustrator mother and faithful rescue dog.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news. I released my debut novel, “True Love Comes to Delaford last October. It is a Sense and Sensibility Whimsy exploring the devoted friendship of Colonel Brandon and Elinor Dashwood turning into more.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I have enjoyed writing since the age of seventeen. It began as a way to occupy myself the summer we moved from Germany. Now it is a passion.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
The first time I received positive feedback for a written work.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Every since being introduced to Jane Austen at the age of eleven, I believed that the Colonel and Elinor were a better suited couple. I always expressed this opinion to family and friends during literary discussions. A few years ago, one of them suggested I write their story. Basically, this is the novel I always wanted to read.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Delaford is Colonel Brandon’s estate from Jane Austen’s original novel. After a unfortunate past, he finds true love with Miss Dashwood. Hence, True Love Comes to Delaford.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I let ideas and scenes play out as mini movies in my mind before they reach the page. An outline is completed for longer works. Although, all can change since characters often take the story in directions I never expected.
Historical fiction can be difficult at times due to the amount of research that is required for the genre. I do a lot of research before, during, and after my initial draft because I want to be as accurate as possible.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I have taken Jane Austen’s original work and brought in aspects of my own life. One of the first chances readers will encounter is that Elinor has spectacles. As a life-long wearer of glasses, I feel bespectacled heroines are not portrayed enough in fiction. I have also given her a love of reading and writing. Another chance is that the hero was raised by a German nanny and speaks the language. Dogs as well as a fondness for the Indian spiced tea beverage known as chai can also be found throughout the novel.
In fact, I even created a “True Love Comes to Delaford” tea blend.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I spent my childhood traveling with my family around Europe. I bring those experiences as well as my love of international cuisine into my works.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My talented illustrator mother, Sandra Kohl, designed the cover as well the internal locations map and character pictures.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Maintain a positive outlook and always be true to yourself. The people who truly love you, will accept you the way you are.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
There are so many authors I admire. My favorites include Jane Austen, G. K. Chesterton, Agatha Christie, Robert Louis Stevenson, Harper Lee, J.R.R Tolkien, Georgette Heyer, L.M. Montgomery, C. S. Lewis, Louisa May Alcott, and Christopher Ross. They are all capable of creating worlds readers can fall in love with.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My local group of fellow writers, “The Woodlands Writing Guild” has been very supportive. We are each other’s cheerleaders as we navigate the often choppy waters of the literary world.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
First and foremost, I write for myself. If an author does not enjoy their own stories, readers never will. Unfortunately, there is not enough money at this time to solely make a living off of writing. That being said, I want to follow my passion wherever it takes me.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would have started writing it earlier.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I have learned a lot from my research and grown as a writer.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I could see Emma Watson playing Elinor Dashwood and Yannick Bisson as Colonel Brandon.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Read a lot. Read as many different genres as you can – even if you do not think you like them, the story may have a way of surprising you.
Join a local writing guild or online community of individuals who share your interest. Being part of a supportive group who can provide advice and constructive criticism from all steps of the writing journey is so validating. It brings you together with others who understand you and the quirks of being a writer
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you for choosing my work and reading with an open mind. I hope you have an entertaining, feel-good experience that brightens your day. I love hearing from you and feedback is always welcome.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am in the middle of several writing projects and do not have much time for leisure reading at the moment. When I do, I enjoy a variety of works including Jane Austen variations and inspirational fiction.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No, not the first book I read by myself. However, the first one I remember is “Alexander and the Magical Mouse” by Martha Sanders. I still have a copy on my shelf of favorite books.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Many things bring these emotions out. My family, friends, books, movies, shows, and injustice to animals and those who are weaker.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would like to meet Jane Austen. There are many questions I want to ask over a cup of tea.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I enjoy writing, reading, and cooking.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
NCIS, Das Perfekte Dinner, Masterpiece Theatre.
Period dramas and broad humor.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I enjoy a multicultural array of dishes including German, Indian, and Thai.
My favorite color is blue.
I listen to a broad spectrum of music from 1940s to current hits.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
A bleak future indeed. In time I would find another outlet for my creativity.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Enjoying every second with my family.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Our brief partings on Earth will appear one day as nothing beside the joy of eternity together.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I can be reached at
My debut novel can be found at
The accompanying tea blend can be found at
Virginia Kohl has been fascinated with the regency era since discovering Jane Austen’s works at the age of eleven. While others dreamt of Willoughby, it was Colonel Brandon who stole Virginia’s heart from the very beginning.
Originally from Germany, Virginia Kohl shares her Texas home with her illustrator mother and faithful rescue dog. When not passing her love of learning on to her students, this college math professor enjoys reading, writing, and being an active member of her local writer’s guild.
Her debut novel can be found at www.amazon.com/author/virginiakohlwww.goodreads.com/author/show/17214552.Virginia_Kohl
The accompanying tea blend can be found at www.adagio.com/signature_blend/blend.html?blend=127735