Lyn Interviews Debut Love Inspired Author Virginia Carmichael

My guest today is a debut author–brand spanking new and squeaky clean, 🙂 Virginia Carmichael. I interviewed her so that both you and I can get to know her. VIRGINIA IS OFFERING A BOOK GIVEAWAY so be sure to leave a comment. Here’s Virginia.

1- Tell us a little about your writing and your real life.

I was born in Colorado but raised in Oregon. I spent some time in France, California, and South Carolina while in high school. I went to the University of Oregon and have dual degrees in theoretical linguistics and religious studies. I came back to my home town for ‘just a little while’ and met my husband here. We have six young kids, who are homeschooled and fairly lovely when they’ve had enough sleep. Which isn’t often enough. 🙂

I got an idea for a book in 2009, sort of a clean ‘Bridget Jones Diary’ set in academia. I still love that book but it probably won’t ever find a home.

I sat down and started writing. And then when I thought it was good enough, I entered contests, realized it wasn’t very good and started over. Then I entered more contests and got a critique. Then I read a lot of books on craft and chose some things to work on, until I thought it was better. I wish I could say I never queried during that time, but I always thought I was a great author, when actually, I probably shouldn’t have been allowed to e-mail any agent on this planet until 2011. Maybe not even then.

2-Was there a time in your life when you think God challenged you to become stronger? Please share.

Oh, boy. Probably every day! I was raised with pretty much whatever I wanted, and as the youngest, I just assumed the world was my oyster. College went great, after college was great, working was great… and then when I had kids I suddenly realized I had to make a choice between being the center of the universe or putting God there, instead. It’s a daily battle.

3-In what ways does your heroine show strength? And where does she draw this strength?

My heroine is the classic worldly woman who has been deceived by the world’s idea of success. She draws closer to Jesus when she realizes how very lonely she is. He gives her the strength to step out of her comfort zone (board meetings, business deals, heading a giant company) and offer to give whatever the shelter needs. Which is sometimes filing or even helping out with the little kids.  It sounds easy, but for her, it’s not. In Him, our weakness is strength, and through her willingness to serve, she makes lifetime friendships and falls in love.

4-Share one fun fact about your life or books.

Um. Well, I watch a lot of kid movies and this book is based on a very famous Pixar movie. J I’ll let you figure out which one.

Virginia said:.” It sounds easy, but for her, it’s not. In Him, our weakness is strength, and through her willingness to serve, she makes lifetime friendships and falls in love.”

This sounds really close to what Veronica talked about on Monday.
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Question: What weakness became your strength? For you or someone you know.–Lyn

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Season of Joy (Love Inspired)


As the holiday season approaches, wealthy CEO Calista Sheffield wants to give instead of receive. So she volunteers at a downtown Denver shelter, never expecting that her own scarred heart will be filled with hope and healing. The mission’s director, handsome Grant Monohan, has devoted his life to helping those in need. But his harrowing past—and what he sees every day—makes him wary of Calista. Unless she shares her painful history, he’ll never believe they can have a future. But a future with Grant at the shelter is the only Christmas gift Calista truly wants.

BTW, I’m guesting on Cheryl StJohn’s blog today about my Christmas tree. Here’s the link.


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10 Responses to Lyn Interviews Debut Love Inspired Author Virginia Carmichael

  1. Deb says:

    I love giving to others! My dad (who has passed on) always told us kids, you can never outgive to the Lord. It not only means money, but time to others that are need of a friend or to give food or clothes. I have been blessed beyond measure!!! Love that Love Inspired has such wonderful authors that write such wonderful christian books. I am now reading, The Frontier Family. Can I say that I love it? Can’t wait to read this book too.
    Merry Christmas!!!!

  2. Gail Demaree says:

    I love reading about how others give. It is better to give than receive….I always try to give of myself in any way I can.

  3. Gail Demaree says:

    I always love to find new authors to read. Thanks for giving me a chance to win a book….Merry Christmas…Gail

  4. Paula Osborne says:

    Thanks Lyn for introducing this new author today, the book sounds like it will be a good read, I like to read about folks who want to give more then receive, now is the season too for this book to be read.
    this young woman certainly has her hands full with 6 small children, I was lucky to raise just two.
    not sure about a weakness except to I know I would like to be a bolder type person-I am too shy when meeting others. maybe it makes me listen more which could be helpful-I think the world needs good listeners…
    Paula O

    • Virginia says:

      I love good listeners!!! And then when you get two in a room, we just look at each other like a pair of owls!!!

      And yes, six small kids is c-raaaaa-zyyyyyyy!!! But hey, they usually amuse each other!

  5. amyc says:

    I guess I could say that my weakness was not keeping my first marriage together. Really struggled with it. Then I realized that things happen for a reason and should learn from it and move on. I am now married to the man of my dreams and we have two beautiful children.
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

    • Virginia says:

      Yes, hindsight is always 20/20, right? Congrats on your beautiful new marriage! My sister was married before and she learned a lot about herself and her faith while struggling through her divorce.

  6. Angie W. says:

    For me, having no patience has been a big struggle for me in the past. Having a son diagnosed with ADHD and having to teach him to slow down and concentrate on things so they are done correctly has helped me to see things in a better perspective. I don’t get so upset when he doesn’t just automatically “get it” like I used to. His ADHD is causing us both to learn things differently, but for the better. 🙂

    • Virginia says:

      Angie, my brother had ADD and ADHD when I was growing up and our whole family had to learn how to cope with that! I’m so glad you’re such a good mom, understanding it takes a lot of patience to reach through the fog of ADD.

      • Angie W. says:

        Thank you Virginia. It has been a rough road, but when it comes to my children I’d move mountains for them. And thank you for the compliment. I don’t know if having a child with ADD is harder than ADHD, but I know having a child with both could be a mess, so your mother has to be a very strong woman. Take care and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!