Writing Superheroes: Samantha Wilcoxon

Find her not in medieval armor, but in a long, flowing robe in an ancient scriptorium. Read on and find out more…

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If you were to write the ‘origin’s episode’ of your writing what would be the most important scenes? What did your early efforts look like? Are they still around to be used as bribes and blackmail material?

I have always enjoyed reading, but my writing was limited to journaling and academic work until recently. The best blackmail material against me is probably my early cover art. So many indie authors are shooting themselves in the foot with cheap covers, and I was one of them. 

 

All super heroes have their mild-mannered secret identity, what is yours? I promise we won’t tell.profile pic
I think my entire identity is quite mild-mannered, unless it comes to poor writing or toying with historical facts.

 

Who are your partners in crime? What are their superpowers?
I wouldn’t be able to do without my husband. He has been completely supportive, emotionally and financially, as I have launched my writing.

 

Where do you get your superpowers from?
It all starts with a love of reading. According to my mom, I was reading at 2 years old. While I don’t know if that is true, I do still carry around a book like a security blanket. Through reading, I also become a history enthusiast, and I love how these two can come together in writing historical fiction.

 

Where is your secret lair and what does it look like?
My secret lair, where I am supposed to be writing, is a very messy office that doubles as a storage room. Where I am more frequently found typing away is out on my deck or near a window where I can feel the breeze and catch the scents of the lake.

 

What kind of training do you do to keep your superpowers in world saving form? How do you insure they are used only for good?
Again, reading. I read at least 100 books each year and enjoy different authors’ writing styles and characterizations of historical figures. I have made an effort to not write negative reviews in the interest of “using my powers for good.” I have some scathers out there, but now I stick to reading books that I hope are more worthy of positivity and pointing out the good in everything I read.

 

Granted, you probably don’t’ get to wear your superhero costume a lot, but if you did, what would it look like?
Medieval armor? No, as cool as that would be, I would more likely be found in a long, flowing robe in an ancient scriptorium.

 

What is your kryptonite? What are the biggest challenges faced with in your writing?
Procrastination. I am not good at keeping myself on task, even with a project that I love. It is so easy to convince myself that something else is a higher priority today, then again tomorrow.

 

What was the supervillian that threatened to stop your latest project and how did you vanquish it?
My latest project is a novel of Elizabeth of York. I was nervous about writing for adults and for an audience that will pick up on inaccuracies in both grammar and history. Though I read and edited more times than I can count, it was wonderful beta readers who helped me polish my story and get it ready for publication.

 

What important lessons have you learned along the way?
It took a while to convince me that marketing efforts were going to be necessary. Stepping out of my comfort zone, in person and on social media, has been a challenge. I’m still working on promoting my own work successfully.

 

What have been the best/most memorable experiences along the way?
Seeing cover art for the first time. Getting that first box of books for a new release. Reading a 5-star review. Becoming friends with other writers. There have been so many moments that I treasure.

 

If you did this again what would you do differently and what would you not change?
I would start out with a marketing plan and captivating cover art and not be afraid to talk myself up a little bit. I would not change the subjects that I have chosen to write about that enable me to write with passion.

 

What is the best (writing or otherwise) advice you have ever gotten and why.
Write every day whether you feel like it or not. Don’t wait to be inspired or you will never get done. I didn’t do this until I started taking on freelance work. Having a deadline took away my option of procrastination. Now I wish that I had looked at my novels the same way.

 

PlantagenetPrincessTudorQueen_CoverArtTell us about you new book and why we need to drop everything and get it now.
Plantagenet Princess Tudor Queen is biographical fiction featuring Elizabeth of York. As the daughter of Edward IV, niece of Richard III, and wife to Henry VII, she gets surprisingly little attention of her own. Rumors abound regarding the fate of her brothers, better known as the Princes in the Tower, and her feelings toward Richard III and Henry Tudor. I have written her story using the feelings and motivations that I think would have defined her. Many historical novelists have included her in their stories, but she is rarely the focus. I wanted to explore how the extraordinary events that Elizabeth lived through would have directed her life and decisions.

 

What’s in store for you in the future? Do you have any other big projects on the horizon?
I have a very early work in progress that features Margaret Pole, Elizabeth of York’s cousin. She has also become little more than a footnote in history, best remembered for Henry VIII’s horrid execution of her in her old age. I look forward to exploring her life in greater detail.

 

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