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Elderberry Pie and Dandelion Wine (Interview and a Recipe) @TravisSimmons5

This was suppose to be up last weekend but life happens! As it is, I have it up now! Welcome back Travis to my blog with a great interview! ELDERBERRY PIE!! Travis Simmons is here during his tour for his first book, The Mirror of the Moon.

CG -Tweet the book: You are challenged to tweet a synopsis of the book to include your tweet handle, GO! (has to fit in a tweet, I will be adding a custom tweet button at the top of post. You can and are encouraged to include #hashtags)

Family ventures to rescue their abducted sister from an enemy that will do anything to stop them #epic #fantasy

CG – Introduce yourself to the captive audience that you now have before you. (As in tell us something NOT in your bio, give us a dirty little secret not having or having to do with your writing)

Hi guys, I am Travis Simmons author of The Mirror of the Moon. Something interesting about me? Honestly, I love filling out questionnaires about myself! I don’t think I am the most interesting person, but I do love answer questions. What do you have for me today?

CG – Is there a genre, other than the one you currently write in, that you wish you could break into? (If you want you can – I would love it if you did – a max flash fiction of no more that 500 with the prompt of “darkness” (Yes this could work with romance, mystery, humour, textbooks on quantum physics.. own it, title it and GO!)

Travis –  I am currently trying to break into horror, and I can give you a sample of that book if you would like? CG lol I can wait I have 100’s of books in my TBR, Travis!

“There is no time for this. There is no time to feel. There is only time to act because the zombies are closing in behind me. I jump inside the truck, and slam the door few times into zombies to keep them at bay. The wasted time has only added more zombies from the other side of the truck into the mix.

      I start the engine and throw the truck into drive. I peel out of the gas station, their arms reaching for me, their fingers clawing the paint from the side of the vehicle.

      Before long I am back on the road, door firmly closed and locked.

      I check in the mirror behind me, but the zombies are converging on the opposite side of the road, coalescing on a figure. I stop the truck and get out.

      “Hey,” I yell to the stranger, hoping they have enough sense to move. But there is something strange about the new comer. I can tell it is a woman, but she is dressed in rags and scraps of clothes that remind me of fallen leaves and her face is strangely white.

      She turns to look at me and I see it isn’t her face that is so white, but a mask I can only imagine is porcelain. She cocks her head as if she hasn’t understood what I am saying. Turning back to the zombies, she holds out a hand, and they kneel before her. Again she turns to look at me, and I back toward the truck, my mouth hanging open.

      A strange quality hangs in the air, almost like the charged air before a storm. Shadows seem to gather around the figure and a strange hush comes over the zombies.

      “Eff this,” I whisper and leap back into the truck, jamming it into drive as the first drops of rain fall from the sky.

      The terror I feel coursing through my veins has made the gun a permanent fixture in my hand.”

CG – When it comes to the genre you do write in, what are a few of the books or writers that have influenced you and your own writing (yes I can actually ask a serious question?)

Travis –  For fantasy I like to think David Eddings helped me decide I wanted to write fantasy, I absolutely love his work. For horror, I wish I could create that ambience of terror that Anne Rice did in The Witching Hour.

CG – If you could cast one of your works, who would you choose to play your main characters? (some have a huge cast, so say no more than five, I am thinking many would be able to do at least one, you do have one character right? )

Travis –  For The Mirror of the Moon, I think I would cast Evan Peters as Jovian. The rest of the cast I had picked out before, but none of them are as spot on as Evan.

  • Why? (yes you are going to have to support that choice) Well, he has the same kind of look I picture Jovian having. Also I think he did an awesome job in American Horror Story.
  • Write one line you would love for him/her to say from your book. That is tough, I would have to go back through the dialogue. I don’t really remember Jovian saying anything profound. I did love when he was picking on Grace about her stand on prostitution and said “Grace doesn’t hold with whores.”

CG – What is the first thing you would do if you woke up one morning to find one of your books on the NY Times Bestsellers List?

Travis –  I think I would go for a nice long drive and bask in all the glory the day had to offer 🙂

CG – Do you have any vices that you turn to while you are writing (as in what candy / snack food / drink / 80’s hair band you break out in song too when you just cannot figure out the next line to write and that bitch of a muse is off on her own hunt)?

Sadly I don’t. I do think maybe I should try drinking and writing, but I tried writing once when I was drunk and ended up with a nice Haiku about a news anchor’s odd beard. It was titled “Weird Beard.” So, I don’t let that happen.

CG – What do you do when you’re not writing? (ie: What festive things do you do for fun? What things do you do when you make yourself have fun, and what is on the top of your list to do when you actually take two days for you (and family)

Travis –  For fun I typically play World of Warcraft. When I want to get out among the living I make myself go for coffee at the local café, or if I want to be swept up in a younger crowd, I go to a college bookstore/café a ways away from my home. If I had 2 days for myself and the mean to do so, I would definitely go sightseeing, maybe Niagara Falls?

CG – If your book was a meal what would it be? Meat and potatoes? Vegetarian? A light nouveau cuisine?

Travis –  For some reason when I think of fantasy novels I think of meat and cheese and bread. For Christmas we make a family recipe called Sausage Bread (not sure if it is a secret recipe or not). We cook breakfast sausage with diced onions until the sausage crumbles are done, and drain the meat. We roll out bread dough, place the sausage and onion mix on the dough, top with mozzarella cheese and roll up so it is a long roll (not short and fat or it won’t cook well). Then we bake at 350 until it is done. Amazing, but really heavy, just like The Revenant Wyrd Saga, amazing and epic!

CG – Figure out a drink (with or without booze) representing your book in name an ingredients (this could be a renamed established drink)

Travis –  Ooooo, this is perfect! My characters tend to drink a lot of dandelion wine. I love the stuff! If you haven’t tried it, you should. Only problem is, we used to make our own, I don’t think it is something you can typically get from a winery. (CG – You must be a Ray Bradbury fan! One of my favorite books! My parents too, and they still buy Dandelion wine. They used to make it. You can get it at Bellview Winery.)


Travis –  When I think of a dessert that would go with my book, I can’t help picturing elderberry pie. It is something I only had once, but it is amazing. Elderberries are very, very tiny berries that very hard to pick. It calls for:

Elderberry Pie

Elderberry Pie

photo credit Wolf From the Door

Ingredients –

  • 2 9” pie crusts
  • 4 cups elderberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice.

Directions – 

  • You mix all of those together and place between two crusts then back at 375 for 40 minutes.


  • On the Rocks, Blended or Bottle and a Shot Glass? Rocks
  • Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi
  • Call a plumber or use the Duct tape? Tape is cheaper
  • Alien abuction or Turned to a vampire? Alien abduction
  • House of Mirrors or House of Horrors? Horrors
  • Inked or Pierced? Both please 🙂
  • Cake, Pie or Pudding? Cake
  • Coffee, Tea or the hot Barista behind the counter? Barista!
  • Naked Golf or Naked Tennis? Golf, tennis could hurt.
  • Garfield, Snoopy or Scooby Doo? Snoopy

CG – Anything you would like to add… appearances, upcoming releases, where I can find someone to adjust the algorithms for my time machine?

Travis –   OOOOO, yes, I do have a book called Desolation coming out June 11th and I am looking for about 100 reviews who would like to help me. I am giving out mobi, epub, or pdf advance read copies in exchange for an honest review. If you would like to know more, you can follow this link and fill out the form! Thank you so much, this was a great interview!


The Mirror of the Moon by Travis Simmons

The Mirror of The Moon

With the death of one of the companions, Grace must answer for the secrets she’s kept. The path before them is ever lengthening in their quest for Amber. There are changes they all must face, and when Joya enters her trials of sorcery, danger lurks around every corner. The power within Angelica and Jovian is strengthening and with it comes confusion. What are they?

It is painfully obvious nothing like them has ever existed before. Why is it at times they seem more one person than two separate people? With all the mystery surrounding their latent power, Angelica stumbles upon a passage in a book of sorcery indicating she is evil. Could she be the Mask prophecy speaks of? Is she destined to turn against her own flesh? To make matters worse, the Well of Wyrding (a giant well that controls all sorcery) has been breached and wyrd itself is spiraling into chaos.



About Travis Simmons

Travis SimmonsTravis has always been a do-it-yourselfer. He has not had any formal education on writing, nor was he raised around writer types. For that matter, he wasn’t even encouraged to read when he was a kid, even though plenty of people in his family read. When he was a teenager, he discovered Cliff’s Notes on Mythology, and it sparked something in him. It was like a floodgate was opened, and all of these stories started rushing in. He would get ideas at random times, and jot them down. I have a pretty big file system of everything I have ever written. Someday he says he will get to them and put them all into electronic files. There is some good material in there, but there are a lot of bad stories

His work started on The Revenant Wyrd Saga several years back and today it is coming to fruition with documenting the story of Jovian and Angelica’s story.

Travis SimmonsHe lives in a remote part of upstate New York and says a ton of inspiration is to be had just hoofing around his neck of the woods for his work. With a love of research and delving into the speculation of ideas and developing theories to go with his tales. (He also knows how to drive in snow and has no shame with his winter wear *see the gloves*)

While here why don’t you check out some of his random thoughts found on his blog and other places around the net.


Thanks Travis!

Elderberry Pie and Dandelion Wine (Interview and a Recipe) @TravisSimmons5

Elderberry Pie and Dandelion Wine (Interview and a Recipe) @TravisSimmons5

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