The Case Files of Dr. Matilda Schmidt, Paranormal Psychologist
by Cynthia St. Aubin
When you can’t grin and bear it…
Paranormal Psychologist, Matilda Schmidt is sick of secrets. But when her troubled mother falls into dangerous hands, she must enlist the help of the two men who may be hiding the most: the hot-bodied demigod who’s suddenly tight-lipped about his current client, and the delicious hit man who’s been concealing much more than a gun in his pocket.
Faced with the destruction of her tidy life at the paws of three rowdy werebears, and protected only by an immortal egg on the edge, Matilda will have to come riding to her own rescue, or risk a life that’s anything but happily ever after.
“What are you wearing?” Crixus’s voice was clear and unsullied by sleep—a direct contrast to my own, which hovered right at the edge of ‘do not operate heavy machinery.’ He had answered on the second ring, a good sign he wasn’t plowing Goldilocks like a spring field, or so I told myself.
“My raincoat and galoshes. But I’m taking them off as we speak.” My cell phone, thankfully, like the bed I settled onto cross-legged—had remained mostly dry.
“Anything under the raincoat?”
“Save it,” I said. “I need your magic.”
“Now you’re talking.” The smile in his voice was as radiant as the sun reaching gilded fingers into the gray dawn.
“Not that kind of magic. So far tonight, my apartment has been home to three bears, eight firemen, and one immortal egg. I’m in no mood.” Twice now, I had depended upon Crixus to undo the damage wrought upon my apartment and office by his retinue of squirrely supernatural guests. It was the one power the demigod possessed I wouldn’t mind stealing for myself.
That, and the spontaneous orgasms.
“And you didn’t invite me?”
“Since when did you need an invitation?” Crixus’s propensity to pop into my life at his leisure had been a contention of mine since we first met. My office, my car, even my bedroom, he invaded with the carefree indifference of a child hopping rides at the amusement park. And still, he managed to be frequently unavailable when I needed him.
“If I could be there, I would.” His voice lacked its usual cocktail of arrogance and caprice. He almost sounded earnest.
It is my pleasure to welcome Cynthia St. Aubin, author of Unbearable – Book 4, The Case Files of Dr. Matilda Schmidt, Paranormal Psychologist, to Room With Books.
What do you do when you are not writing?
Usually one of three things:
1. Standing in front of my fridge eating cheese;
2. Watching Golden Girls or Cupcake Wars; or
3. Procrastinating by making bookmarks.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
I love making people laugh. Janet Evanovich has been one of my absolute favorites since I was old enough to sneak the books into my mom’s pile at the library.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
I spent about two years querying every single agent in the entire universe with a three-book series I had already written. After amassing enough very polite rejection letters to wallpaper the Taj Mahal, I decided to give Indie publishing a try. Not only was that a great avenue for discovering that there seemed to be plenty of readers interested in the kind of sexy, snarky, wacky sort of paranormal stories that I write, it also won me the attention of a lovely agent, who I’m now working with on traditionally publishing my full-length series.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
The ability to eat whatever I want while miraculously fitting into my skinny jeans.
What was your first job?
My official title was Seasonal Drink Girl at Chic Fil-a. I basically filled all the drink orders for the holiday crowds at the mall. But get this…on my lunch breaks, they handed me a pie plate and told me I could fill it with all the nuggets and waffle fries I could eat! I’m pretty sure my blood type was Polynesian sauce for about a year.
What types of books do you write?
I write sexy paranormal romance and mystery with an extra helping of funny.
Who’s your main audience?
Anyone who likes to laugh!
Out of all of your characters, which is your favorite?
Ooooh. Now that’s a toughie. My heroines tend to be funny, snarky, and quirky as hell, so they’re incredibly fun for me to write. But I do have a weakness for my men. I’ve had entirely too much fun writing the two men vying for my current heroine’s attention. Crixus—a former Roman gladiator and demigod who just can’t stay away from the ladies, and Liam—a Las Vegas mob hit man who’s very talented with his…er, weapon. 😉
What does your writing schedule look like?
I’m a night owl, for sure. During the day, I take care of all the things required of most adults (cleaning, bills, errands, cartwheels…just kidding. I can’t do a cartwheel to save my life), and at night, I spend several hours chained to my laptop playing with my imaginary friends.
Do you use your OWN experiences?
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.
Was it easy to pick the title for your book?
Picking the titles is one of my favorite parts about writing. It’s writing the actual books that can be a little challenging. 🙂
If you could pick one profession other than author, what would you choose?
So, I have a totally useless master’s degree in Art History. I had visions of teaching college courses and taking students on study abroad trips to see all the art I loved. Art will always be one of my first passions, and I’d still love to get my PhD someday.
What are you currently working on?
Right now, I am working on book six in the Matilda Schmidt, Paranormal Psychologist series—Undeadly. This one will be a fun, Halloween-themed romp that, among other things, features a hematophobic (afraid of blood) vampire, a werewolf with ED, and costume party where someone spikes the punch with ambrosia.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? ALL OF THEM.
Night owl, or early bird? Night owl!
Red, or white wine? Chocolate milk. Preferably with a swirly straw.
Roller Coasters or Water Rides? Water rides, all the way. Roller coasters become accidental water rides for me on account of I am TERRIFIED of heights.
Swimming in the ocean or a pool? Ocean. Pools just remind me too much of a people soup.
Walking or fitness club? Doughnuts. 😀
Any last words?
Chupacabra. That’s always a fun word to say. Also, I love stalkers! Please feel free to track me down at any of the places below. Or you could follow the trail of doughnut crumbs. Probably that would lead you to the right place. J
Cynthia, you are definitely a woman after my own heart! Thank you for taking time to chat with us and, most of all, for letting Room With Books be part of your tour!
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. Though her early work debuted to mixed reviews, 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 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.
Find out more about Cynthia St. Aubin on her website.
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