Name – Cynthia St. Aubin, but you can call me That Chick Who Resembles an Ostrich
Age – Mid-thirties. J
Where are you from – I was an Air Force brat, so we moved around frequently in my youth. My parents retired in Texas, which is usually where I claim.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc – I like gravy. It has nothing to do with the rest of my bio, but I thought you might like to know. I have a mostly useless master’s degree in art history and took my turn as a cube monkey in the corporate warren.. I live in Colorado with the love of my life and three surly cats.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I’ll be releasing my newest novella as part of the Romancing the Paranormal: All New Tales anthology with 12 other amazing New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling authors. Also, my foot hurts, but I don’t know if anyone other than me would consider this “news.”
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
My mother was a voracious reader, so took me on many trips to libraries and used bookstores. I fell in love with words and what they could do. It started with plays I wrote when I was about ten, and made my brothers perform them for my parents. Then, it was sheafs of notebook paper I stapled together and wrote scary stories is (I believe I also drew my own author photo on the back cover). I never really stopped after that, though it wasn’t until my mid-twenties when I actually sat down with the express goal of writing a novel in mind.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When someone paid actual, real, (as in NOT chocolate) money to buy one of my books.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
After graduating with a mostly ueless master’s degree in art history, I parlayed my experience as a teaching assistant into a gig as an executive assistant. My first book began as a question, asked to myself during the eye-bloodying drudgery of compiling a spreadsheet: I wonder what it would be like if you had to be the assistant to a werewolf. I’d bet they’d be terrible keeping track of receipts. And have to take time off during the full moon, and getting fur all over their office. The more I thought about it, the more fun it sounded. One chapter turned into seventeen, and before I knew it, I had a whole book.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Light-hearted, snarky, steamy, stories with plenty of mystery. I like to play with paranormal, mythological, and art historical characters (Vincent Van Gogh makes a great werewolf, by the way), and more than anything, I love to make my readers laugh
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It’s usually a group effort. I tell my critique group pretty much what I want to happen in any given book, and they help me bounce around ideas.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That life is beautiful, people are precious, and laughter is healing.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
While I do borrow lots of details and certain situations from my real life, writing paranormal means that much of what happens in my book is only limited by my imagination. Leprechauns can have dissociative identity disorder, unicorns are real, and werewolves can own art galleries.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Absolutely! I’ve often been known to say “I could absolutely make this stuff up, but luckily, I don’t have to.” Being the socially awkward, perpetually trouble-attracting nerd I am, I manage to get myself into all kinds of scrapes that make good book fodder. Example: I am what I like to call “spa-wkward.” I once managed to pull a muscle while on the massage table because the therapist told me to turn, and I hadn’t planned which way I was going to go, so I panicked and got my own arm caught under me. Yep. I’m that cool.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
There are so many! Thomas Harris, Barbara Kingsolver, Janet Evanovich, Maya Angelou, Oscar Wilde, Ann Rice, Erma Bombeck, and Stephen King, just to name way more than a few. They each represent something I love about the written word, and I like to think that informs how I approach my own stories—whether it be artful prose, irreverent humor, snarky satire, or emotionally compelling characters.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I don’t spend near enough time reading, to be honest, and often when I do, I read vintage cookbooks. Lame, I know.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
There have been a couple up-and-comers that I’ve really enjoyed reading. Ellay Branton, R.l. Merrill, Kimberlie Faye, and H.A. Fortman to name a few.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Currently, I am working on a thriller for the traditional publishing realm, as well as a novella for the Romancing the Paranormal anthology.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My AMAZING street team, Cyn’s Minions.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Writing for me is more than a career, it’s a lifestyle. It’s nice when it pays the bills, but it’s not something I can stop doing even if it doesn’t.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
There’s ALWAYS something I feel I could have done better, but I’ve learned how to let go and move forward instead of always peering at the past.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
From reading, primarily. I loved that I could disappear into another world down the valley of a book. When I put words on a page, I felt like I was giving someone else the chance to do that same thing.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
How about the title and blurb? From Hell to Breakfast – He’s a supernatural bounty hunter with a broken heart and a loose zipper. She’s a succubus with a smart mouth and a long rap sheet. When her crimes become his problem, they’re in for one hell of a ride.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Self doubt is a huge obstacle for me. I have a really hard time shutting off the mean little voice in my head that tells me the everything I write is dumb, and that I will die alone eating catfood.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Thomas Harris, author of Silence of the Lambs. His prose is so good, it makes me want to hang up my word processor.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not as much as I’d like to. 😀
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The lovely Scarlett Rugers – http://booksat.scarlettrugers.com
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Deadlines. It’s hard to feel creative according to a schedule.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I learned that I have to approach every first draft as just that—a draft. Self doubt and second guessing can cripple and paralyze you before you even get started.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Putting my work out into the real world has been such a learning experience for me. What follows is just a few of the lessons this process has brought me. Take what’s useful to you and leave the rest. Write the story that you love. Let it be something that you’re passionate about and willing to fight for. Speaking of fights, be ready for one. You’re going to have to be your own biggest fan, your most ardent supporter, and at times, your own cheerleader. You have to be willing to believe in your dream when no one else does, and that can be a real challenge. Do study the craft. Even if that means ordering discount grammar and style books on Amazon. Find a critique group and listen to criticism when it comes. Be willing to find out where there’s room for improvement in your work. Look at authors whose careers you admire and learn from them. Make friends in the writing community and be supportive. That support finds its way back to you when it’s your turn to put yourself out there. Don’t compare your first drafts to anyone else’s finished product. Finally, put your ass in the chair.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? I LOVE YOU! No, really!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
It was a Betty Crocker cookbook. Food has been a lifelong love affair for me.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Laugh: pixie-stick-fueled plotting sessions with my crit partners, my hilarious brother, silly things my cats do, trying to fit into skinny jeans. Cry: movies where animals die, hard things happening to the people I love, trying to fit into skinny jeans.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I’d like to have tea with William Shakespeare, mostly in hopes that some of his genius would rub off on me.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
She made a damn good roast chicken. Why? Because my goal in life was to bring humor to life’s most difficult moments. I’d like to do the same in death.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Is eating a hobby? If so, then…yes!
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m shamefully boring when it comes to TV. I don’t follow any of the popular series. I watch cooking shows, documentaries about murderers and true crime, and Golden Girls. As far as movies, I am a total hypocrite. While I love writing romantic comedy, I can’t stand watching it. I love a good slapstick comedy, heart-gouging tragedy, or exploding car type movie.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Foods: Cheese (any kind), roast chicken, gravy and CAKE! Colors: Tiffany blue, green. Music: My tastes are downright random. I love everything from the Beatles to opera to 90’s hip-hop and rap.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
When I was little, I dreamed of being a monster truck driver. As it turns out, the monster truck driving market is pretty saturated, but I still love big, growly, vehicles with huge tires. This in no way influenced my decision to buy a Hummer. 😉
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
I do! Here are a bunch of places you can find me. Or you can follow the trail of doughnut crumbs…that would probably lead me to you as well.
My Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Cynthia-St.-Aubin/e/B00IEESRNG/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1427318949&sr=1-2-ent
FB Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.saintaubin
FB Profile Page: https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.st.aubin
Street Team – Cyn’s Minions:https://www.facebook.com/groups/Cynthiastaubins/
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