About Samantha Wilcoxson:
I live on the wrong side of the pond, so books enable me to get lost in medieval England. During a recent trip to the UK, I was thrilled to stroll through so many places that I had only previously read about. I hope that I can help my own readers step into another time and place, becoming friends with the historical figures that they meet.
What inspires you to write?
Intriguing characters in history inspire me to write. When I come across a person with just enough known about them to captivate my interest, I want to fill in the blanks.
Tell us about your writing process.
Traditional outlines are not a part of my writing process, but I do create a timeline as I perform research. I use a notebook with dates at the top of each page and fill those pages with any events or interesting facts that I come across. When it is time to write, I go through these pages and decide how to connect the known facts with characters, personalities, and motivations.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Both, of course! Some of my characters have turned out differently than I initially planned, so I must blame them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write about topics that you are passionate about and keep writing. Overnight success rarely happens overnight.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish after research and conversations with other authors that convinced me that it was a good course for me. Since I am willing to perform my own editing, cover design, and marketing, I decided that my time was better spent on these activities than searching for an agent or a publisher. It is not the best path for everyone, but I am rather pleased with how well it has worked for me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I would love to see more people reading! More books are available in multiple formats than ever before, so everyone can discover an author they love.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: historical fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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