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. 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!

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Long list: Jane Eyre, Elizabeth Bennet, Bridget Jones, and Charlie from "Perks of being a wallflower"

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Chocolate. Oh, yes.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. People say, "My what big eyes you have!" And I say, "Yes, the better to spy on you with."

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