Author Interview – Cynthia St. Aubin

Here is the interview that I did with author Cynthia St. Aubin who is part of the “FangTastic’s Book Mixer Event! Her slots are Jan. 29th – 31st 7-8pm EASTERN! Thank you Cynthia for taking the time to do the interview with me and for being an apart of the event!

How long have you considered yourself an author?
<checks her watch> Any minute now! Kidding, kidding. I have journals from the time I was ten years old where I write (badly) about wanting to be a writer when I grow up (also expecting that to happen any minute now). I started focusing my attention on writing a novel around eight years ago. I finished one, and was all: Okay! Time to get an agent and get published! I wrote a second and third book in that same series while collecting a sizable stack of rejection letters. It wasn’t until 2014 I decided to go ahead and indie publish some of my new work and
see what happened. What happened is a finally got an agent and am now working on getting that first series published. Writing is a field that requires much in the way of patience and tenacity.

How many books do you currently have out and please list titles per each genre?
Right now, I have out seven novellas in my series The Case Files of Dr. Matilda Schmidt, Paranormal Psychologist–funny, steamy paranormal romance!
Here they are in order:
Unlovable – Bitter, depressed love god, anyone?
Unlucky – A hit man, a demigod, and a leprechaun with dissociative identity disorder walk into a bar…
Unhoppy – Suicidal Easter Bunny, Adonis, and a near-orgy of the Ladies Rotary Club
Unbearable – Wherein Goldy Locks is a porn star being hunted by three were bears
Unassailable – The good doctor meets a pants less ghost pirate…and that’s the *good* part of her vacation.
Undeadly – What’s it really like to go to hell and back? One way to find out!
Unexpecting – Disgruntled elf, drunken Santa, a jealous hitman and a hotblooded demigod. ‘Nuff said!

Of all of the books that you have written which was the hardest to write for you and why?
Thus far, I would have to say Unexpecting, the final Case File in Matilda Schmidt, Paranormal Psychologist’s series was the hardest for me to write. Coming to the end of a series is difficult for a number of reasons, but knowing some of my characters had to get hurt in order to end the story the way it needed to end was definitely a challenge for me. But it also opened up a door for a brand new series, so it all worked out in the end.

What do you find to be the most rewarding thing about being an author?
For me, the most rewarding part of being an author is getting those messages where a reader tells me that I brought them a laugh on a really hard or sad day, or described something in a way they thought was beautiful. It fills my soul with joy and makes every late night worth it. Just that readers connect with characters that were only alive in my head at one point is remarkable and miraculous for me.

If you could give your youngerself a piece of advice when it comes to your author career what would it be and why?
Write. Write. Then write some more. So much of whether you will succeed or fail is completely out of your control. The part that you own is the words, and the work it takes to knit them together. If you must worry, worry writing something you love, something you are glad you put into the world. Also: WRITE.

What do you think is the one hardship that most authors face and what ways do you suggest they do to deal with it as best as possible?
The process of writing, selling your work, building your audience, and feeding the engine can and will grind you to dust. You face long hours, bad reviews, marginal profit, rampant piracy, and still have to come to The Chair and find something to give. Keeping your readers happy, your family fed, your life balanced, and your business in order can feel like a never-ending exercise in futility. Over the course of my first year as an indie author, I’ve learned valuable lessons about filling my own tank and easing off my tendency toward harsh self-criticism. At least for me, overcoming the pressure is a matter of recognizing my own limitations and being grateful for how far I’ve come instead of obsessing over how far I have left to go.

If you could have dinner with any author past or present and could only ask them one question who would it be and what would you ask them?
Oooh! That’s tough! I would have to pick Thomas Harris, author of my favorite books: Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal. One question: is there another Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter book in the future?

If you could have your dream home built anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
I am a total wanderer, so choosing one location is almost impossible for me. But when I think of my home base, it’s somewhere coastal, green and rainy where I can go to sleep with my windows open to an ocean breeze.

If you were to guess how you readers would describe you in three words what would they be?
Oy vey. Wait! That’s not part of my three words. How about: funny, quirky, and klutzy.

Are you currently working on any other projects that you would like to share with me?
I’m starting on a brand new art historical thriller, and I’ll be working on a funny paranormal spin-off featuring one of the characters from the Matilda Schmidt series. I’m also participating in an anthology with some other paranormal authors (coming out in April) I am ridiculously excited about!