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Masterworks: Legacy - Samantha Wilcoxson - Interview

  Today is the last of a series on nine interviews I'm sharing on the Crowvus Book Blog. These are from the authors of the short stories included in the  Masterworks  anthology by the  Historical Writers Forum . We're running through chronologically, some are video interviews, others are written. I am delighted to welcome the fantastic Samantha Wilcoxson, who is sharing the artist inspiration for her short story Legacy , as well as the appeal of James A. Hamilton, and the delights of researching. First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself, what you write (besides Masterworks!), and what inspired you to begin writing. I was inspired to write by my love of reading. After watching me read, write reviews, and keep journals for twenty years, my husband asked me why I didn’t try writing, so I did! Without really planning on it, I ended up writing historical biographical fiction. I’m drawn to a tragic tale but also to lesser known historical figures with emotive stories to tell

Weekly Scribe Curators

 In 2022, Crowvus set up the @WeeklyScribe account on Twitter. Here are the intrepid Twitter explorers who have hosted our account so far. Could you be next..?
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Poet, writer, musician and teacher. Based in Edinburgh, heart from Yorkshire. Reverer of bards. Teviot Makar. Debut book, Ginnel and Snicket, 31/10/22. He/him

Financial Journalist (@RIABiz), Poet, & Academic
Shares financial work, poetry & musings many.

Author of Dealings in the Dark, Bound and Betrayed, "Stages of Grief," Without You, & The Ruin (Coming Soon!). Obsidian Inkwell Publishing, LLC.

Author of Hunter's Fated Wait.
A clean shifter romance.
YA Fantasy Free with KU
Living in Scotland
Reading when not writing.

I am a British poet and an accidental novelist. I am Neurodivergent (Aphantasia and ADHD), grey Aro/Ace. They/their Agender. 

No DMs-Author of Starlight Jewel, first book in the Gifts of the Auldtree series, out on Amazon in paperback, ebook and kindle unlimited!

South American history & legends where women aren't excluded! Ebooks & paperbacks for kids + adults in English & español

Glasgow Born, Caithness Based Writer. 

IT guy and Writer. Fantasy/ Sci-Fi. The Regnant, is available 

An unreliable narrator, feral but mostly harmless. 

Author of the Interloper Trilogy (scifi),
and The First Rule (fantasy).
I read and review self published books, DMs are always open 😊

Poet. Creative Problem Solver for Hire. Hobby Photographer. Vegan. Retired IT Pro. 🧠❤️‍🩹 Creator of the @Poetryi5notdead podcast. 🚫 Religion/Politics

NC Indie Author of The Traitors We Are. A Grave for Us All—Fall 2023. Father of two. Husband. Teacher. Punk. Gooner. Christian. Dungeons and Dragons. He/Him.

Author of time travel short story BLUE SKIES (part of the amazing @TT_Anthology). Also working on MG Sci-fi, and haiku at @haikuformykids (he/him)

I'm currently writing a fantasy novel inspired by Scottish folklore. Short stories available on Patreon 

Fiona Forsyth studied Classics at Oxford then taught Latin and Greek at Manchester Grammar School for 25 years. She has always found the twisted politics of the Romans fascinating, so when her family moved to the Middle East she took the opportunity to write.
You can find out more about her books and sign up for her newsletter at


#teacher #author & #bookreviewer. My debut novel became a #bestseller and I'm dancing around the room.

Fierce supporter of indie authors and small publishers.


Forty-something who dresses like a thirty-something.


After being born on the flat and barren planes of Wichita, Kansas, Radar DeBoard had nothing but time on his hands. Plenty of time to hone his craft of writing stories that explored the darkest parts of his imagination. He can analyze your fear, truly find what keeps you up at night, and then give your greatest nightmares back to you in written form. Most recently, his Cosmic Monstrosities series has been leaving people gripped in terror.


I'm from Finland but I moved to the UK when I was 19. I lived in England, Cambridge, for three years before I came to Scotland. I now live near Glasgow with my boyfriend and a dream of a cat baby. I write adult fiction and sometimes horror, and my debut novel Pretty Boy was published in 2020 by a small, independent publisher in England. I'm currently working on my second novel and building a career as a freelance editor. Besides writing, I love drawing, watching films and learning new languages.


Harrison Murphy is a writer from Lanarkshire, Scotland. A civil servant by day who lives with his partner and their cat. He is working on the Chrysalis books which focus on the societal impact of an fictional (yet conceivable) implant which will revolutionise the 2030s. He released Chrysalis in March 2022 and is working on the follow-up, Dandelion


Iain CM Gray is an expat Scot living in London. He is a father, grandfather and husband, and currently father to three cats. Iain is author of The Ruined Road, which is an eclectic collection of short stories covering a wide range of topics in varying styles. He is also the author of Zombies Wha Hae, a zombie book set in his hometown of Greenock. Both of his books are available from Amazon. When Iain finally retires from the day job he is coming home. Further information about Iain can be found at 


DP Wilson is a Scottish author and broadcaster who has been, at various times in his life, a food bum, a medical consultant, a lecturer and a well-known chef and restaurateur. He has written for many years, primarily for his own psychiatric self-defence. His short stories have been longlisted as well as shortlisted for the Crowvus Scottish Horror Prize, published in the anthology; “Seasonal Spectres,” and are broadcast regularly on radio. He has also been published in the prestigious; The Horror Zine magazine.

He lives on the mystical Isle of Skye with his wife Ann and son Finn. Send wine.


Historical fiction author focused on bringing the medieval past to life.


A writer since he was eight years old, when he asked for a typewriter for Christmas, Keith has published two novels so far with many more to come. When he's not writing about airships and talking cats Keith can be found either up a mountain or trying to get his foot behind his head. He hasn't managed it yet but he'll get there one day.


Author of #ya #historicalfiction - OUT OF THE SMOKE published by Wakeman Trust - Member of @SCBWI_BI - Available for school visits - #literacy workshops


Solicitor in the north of Scotland. Writer. All tweets in my capacity as an individual.


Freelance Proofreader.🔍✍


An idle singer of an empty day.

[And published in the first issue of Hooded!]


Clanky sweary Ironside and Restoration romancer with @SapereBooks, #BritishCivilWars historian, proud cat mum. Happy endings optional.


Chris Thorndycroft developed a fascination with medieval history after seeing Errol Flynn’s swashbuckling antics in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) at the age of six. His obsession later found an outlet in creative writing and he has now written nine historical novels including the Hengest and Horsa Trilogy and the Arthur of the Cymry Trilogy which are set in 5th century Arthurian Britain as well as Lords of the Greenwood and Rotherwood: A Prequel to Ivanhoe, both of which look at the origins of Robin Hood.

Born in Portsmouth, England, Chris has lived in the Netherlands and Wales before settling in Norway with his wife, two kids and a couple of cats.


Hot chocolate expert/ scalding bath taker/ nature nosier 🐶🐳🐲


Superheroes. Werewolves. Brave kids. Post-apocalyptic worlds. If you're reading a story by G.A. Bassier, chances are you'll find at least one of these elements. An eclectic author who delights in crafting great reads across all genres, G.A. Bassier's work has appeared in everything from horror magazines to Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her debut novel, Even Heroes, can be found on Amazon. Some of her fondest childhood memories are of falling in love with the rabbits of Watership Down, getting the heck scared out of her by the Scary Stories books, and imagining she had telekinetic powers like Roald Dahl's Matilda. As a writer, G.A. Bassier hopes to ignite that same spark of imagination in readers of all ages. She never knows where the next literary adventure will take her, but she hopes you'll come along for the ride.


Virginia grew up in Orkney, using the breath-taking scenery to fuel her imagination and the writing fire within her. Her favourite genres to write are fantasy and historical fiction, sometimes mixing the two together. She enjoys swashbuckling stories such as the Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas and is still waiting for a screen adaption that lives up to the book!

When she's not writing, Virginia is usually to be found teaching music. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of music, especially as a tool of inspiration.

She now lives in the far flung corner of Scotland, soaking in inspiration from the rugged cliffs and miles of sandy beaches.

She loves cheese, music and films, but hates mushrooms. 


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