Carmen Rodrigues

Carmen Rodrigues earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She currently lives on the coast of North Carolina. 34 Pieces of You is her second young adult novel. Visit her at CarmenRodrigues.com, or at Facebook.com/ThisIsMyHandstand, and follow her on Twitter at @ThisIsMyHndstnd.

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A dark and moving novel—reminiscent of Thirteen Reasons Why—about the mystery surrounding a teenage girl’s fatal overdose.There was something about Ellie…something dangerous. Charismatic. Broken. Jake looked out for her. Sarah followed her lead. And Jess kept her distance—and kept watch.Now Ellie’s dead, and Jake, Sarah, and Jess are left to pick up the pieces. All they have are thirty-four clues she left behind. Thirty-four strips of paper hidden in a box...

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34 Pieces of You

Author Carmen Rodrigues discusses her teen novel that tells the story of a young woman's drug overdose through the eyes of those closest to her.

My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Improbable? Possibly. But impossible? Now that's a whole other story.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. I have too many for a top five, but in no particular order, some favs: 1. Soko's "I could never love you more" 2. Beatles' "Hey Jude" 3. Ella Fitzgerald's "Cheek to Cheek" 4. Otis Redding's "I've been loving you too long." 5. Ida Maria's "Oh my God"

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. I don't know where I would be but who would I be with? Now, that's the question. So, picture this: me, a comfy couch, someone I love, light streaming through the windows, flowers on the table, and good conversation. Ah, happiness.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Historical? Let's just make that any character... and that would be Mr. Darcy, and I hope to say: Wow, you're even hotter than I imagined.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. How would I describe perfect happiness? Well, I think to be perfectly happy, you have to accept that you'll never be PERFECTLY happy.

And once you get that pesky notion out of the way, you start on the road to being extremely and consistently content. I describe consistently content as living your life the way you've always dreamed of living it.

For me that means the following:
1. Writing as much as possible.
2. Maintaining close relationships with my great circle of family (remember me, Mom?) and friends (call you back soon, Tesha!)
3.Being spiritually active:
a. I'm not a pretzel. This is my morning meditation.
b. Dear Mr. Ocean, how do we connect in this great big universe?
c. Hello, God, it's me Carmen Margarita.
4. Being emotionally present:
a. Hey, I want to touch that tree and spin around on the beach and swing on that swing.
b. I'm putting away my Blackberry and listening to you.
5. Working towards other future goals:
a. The RV for traveling the country in style and at my own pace
b. A permanent homestead in a small, walkable town.
c. Finding a place where I can teach other writers.
d. Filling my life with many more novels and creative projects. Hello, Carmen? Learn the guitar already!

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