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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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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.

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Carmen Rodrigues
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

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

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Well, dear reader, life is full of fears. Right now, my NYC fear is getting hit by a bus because if you're going to go in NYC, that's pretty much how you go and that M4 always looks wobbly when it approaches the curb. But mostly, I'm afraid of fear taking over. You know? Bad stuff's going to happen but the worst thing you can do is spend your precious time worrying about it before it does (if it ever does).

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. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I haven't quite learned how to stop time yet, but I am desperately working on it.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Giving my sister my stem cells, and that's just blind genetic luck, but if you can, go be a stem cell donor. You could save a life.

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