Bestselling Author Cynthia St. Aubin

November 12, 2015

 

About the author:

 

USA Today bestselling author Cynthia St. Aubin wrote her first play at age eight and

made her brothers perform it for the admission price of gum wrappers. A steal, considering she provided the wrappers in advance. She never quite gave up on the writing thing, even while earning a mostly useless master's degree in art history and taking her turn as a cube monkey in the corporate warren.

 

Because the voices in her head kept talking to her, and they discourage drinking at work, she started writing mysteries instead. When she's not standing in front of the fridge eating cheese, she's hard at work figuring out which mythological, art historical, or paranormal friends to play with next. She lives in Colorado with the love of her life and three surly cats.

 

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Q:  At what point did you decide to make writing a profession? What got you started in the industry?

A:  Probably about the time my long-time critique partner and fellow author Kerrigan Byrne took a cattle prod to my ass and was all: “Okay. Would you put something out already?”* (Note, Kerrigan, does not to my knowledge own an actual cattle prod, though threats of some sort of device used to motivate livestock may or may not have been used.) 

 

As far as what got me started in the industry, I had written three full-length books of a funny paranormal series and was collecting enough politely-worded query rejections to prop up my wobbly writing desk when I decided it might be time to see if there was even an audience for the kind of genre-bending funny, snarky, paranormal romance-mystery I write. Having the benefit of critique partners who had already broached the indie industry, they encouraged me to try my hand at something shorter, like a series of novellas I could