Friday, June 19, 2015

Interview with Travis Simmons

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
What Lies Behind is about an automaton who is slowly coming into awareness, something that she didn’t even know was possible. As she gains awareness she’s also gaining free will and realizing the abusive life she’s living isn’t one that she wants to live. She longs to feel what it’s like to be human, and that’s the real driving force behind the novel. Cass wants to escape her programming and live like a person. At first I hadn’t planned for this to be part of a series, but as the book came to a close I realized this was just the first story of a much larger series that will span many years with many different characters and show us the promise and the horrors of a future with androids.

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
I did try the traditional publisher route, but not initially. The thing with traditional publishers that always irritates me is the waiting! I have these stories and I just want to share them with people, and the wait for a traditional publisher is long because they have so many other authors that have books they want to share with the world! Right now I have a zombie series signed with a traditional publisher and I can’t wait for that to hit the shelves. 
If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
This cover was actually a premade cover that I saw and just had to have. I had the plans for this novel kicking around in my head and wasn’t sure I was going to write it until I saw the cover, and then I knew I had to do it. 
What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
Normally I listen to music, but it has to be instrumental or new age because a lot of the beat and lyrics of most songs distract me. I do find that different genres of music help me write different scenes. I even have a heavy metal playlist for when I write fights scenes in some of my other novels.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
Most often I have to have a clear roadmap of what I need to write and what points need to be covered in order to get me from point A to point B. That doesn’t mean those pesky characters don’t change their mind mid-scene though. 
Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
I’m actually very lucky that my best friend is an editor so she goes over all of my work a couple times before I publish.

What kinds of marketing [twitter, facebook, blog, forums] are you involved with for promoting your book(s)?
That seems to change a lot. I’m really having fun interacting with people on facebook and twitter. My blog could use a little work, and I’m trying to see how best to use it. Honestly I don’t see a huge kickback in interaction on my blog.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
Not really marketing and writing. I have a bigger problem juggling my personal life and my work. It seems like I’m a very busy person that longs to be a hermit. 
Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
I love cooking. I also love eating. It’s probably a good thing I can cook, huh?

What’s next for you?
I never really know. I have plans to write a vampire hunter serial and finish up the nine book series I’ve been working on now for a few months. I can’t wait to see where the characters take me!

A gripping, dark science fiction romance by International Bestseller, Travis Simmons.
Cass is a robot with a past. A past she can’t remember.
When her current owner, Natalia starts taking out her frustration on Cass her memories come back little by little.
What she wants more than anything is to be like humans; an android. To be loved and to feel and to be treated as an equal. Not an automaton like she is.
She finds that in Brandon.
Brandon is Natalia’s boyfriend, and couldn’t be any different from Natalia if he tried. He treats Cass like an equal, like a human, and more importantly like a woman.
Cass just wants a normal human life like Brandon promises, but as more and more of her memories come flooding back, she learns that she might play a bigger part in the android equal rights movement than she wants. Her future is uncertain. Becoming an android, becoming more human, will mean going against her programming. Can she do that? Will her struggle to become an android ultimately be her undoing?
"In this standalone dark romance, International Bestselling author, Travis Simmons makes his debut into science fiction. Travis has reached the top of charts in new adult fiction with his love of dystopian fantasy."

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Author Bio:
Travis Simmons was kicked out of magic school for his refusal to study and his penchant for mundane activities like cooking. While selling his sword he stumbled upon dogs that he wrongly thought were magical and imagined he could commune with them. After a vicious zombie attack in which witches helped him push back the undead horde, Travis found himself apprenticed to a necromancer.

Afraid that winter was coming, Travis tucked into his magical studies, but always chased his dreams of writing tales science fiction tales and fantasy stories where he could explore his wild imagination about life on other planets. Adamant that Travis learn the esoteric ways of the occult, his master made his life a horror of practice and studies. But no matter how he tried, he could never conquer Travis' questing mind.

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