Carmen Rodrigues

Carmen Rodrigues lives and plays in the great urban wilds of Northern Virginia, where she is a writer by day and an educator by night. She earned her MFA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The Universal Laws of Marco is her third young adult novel. Visit her at

Books by this Author

The Universal Laws of Marco
34 Pieces of You


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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

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. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. No clue.

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.