Friday, January 18, 2013

Blog Tour: All The Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen Author Interview


I am so excited today to be part of the blog tour for All The Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen. Not only is she a fantastic writer, (I have read all of her currently published books) but she is also an amazing person as well. Before I show you the interview I will give you all of the book info.

  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/11/2012
  • Source: eARC provided by Entangled Publishing
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

What if your life wasn’t your own?

Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her reflection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, whose own mysterious past also has him on the fringe, life feels complete for the first time in, well, as long as she can remember.

Liv knows the details of the car accident that put her in the coma, but as the voices invade her dreams, and her dreams start feeling like memories, she and Spencer seek out answers. Yet the deeper they dig, the less things make sense. Can Liv rebuild the pieces of her broken past, when it means questioning not just who she is, but what she is?


Hi Cindi! Thanks so much for doing an interview with me.
What inspired you to become a writer?

I always had stories in my head, but one day, shortly after I’d had my first baby, I decided to type it up and see what happened. And I’ve never looked back since.

Why did you choose to write YA?

It deals with a time when you’re deciding who you are. Is it important to stand out? Blend in? Be funny? Smart? Popular? Are you willing to get walked over and pushed around? Are you going to go along with the crowd even if you don’t agree? I don’t think it’s always cut and dry answer. Sometimes you give in and sometimes you stand up for yourself and sometimes your decisions bite you in the butt. There are also things that feel out of your control—and really are at that age. Like parental relationships, what’s going on in your family’s lives, and friendships that become toxic. Really, it’s just such a defining time. Oh, and first love. Because the butterflies of first love just rock!

First love does rock! I love experiencing the firsts through the characters too!

How did you come up with the idea for All the Broken Pieces?

I was trying to think of something that hadn’t been done before. Then I got this idea that (here’s where the spoilery bit would go) So I went about creating a character with sort of two sides pulling her, a mix of two personalities that would clash, and built the mystery on how she got that way. And of course I wanted a cute boy to help her out, and I liked the idea of them both being broken, but when they get together, they sort of fix each other. 

I loved the idea, and I think that you did it perfectly!!

You have written a Fantasy/Mythology book (Demons of the Sun) and now a Contemporary, do you plan on writing any other genres in the future?

I like to mix up what I write, just like I mix up what I read, so I don’t get bored. Really it’s the characters that come to me. I plan on doing a mix of contemporary, urban fantasy, and some magical realism.

I can't wait to see what other books you have in the future. I love that you switch it up. 

Any projects coming up that you can share with us?

I’ve got an adult romance called Falling for My FiancĂ© coming out in Spring and an adult romantic comedy titled Cinderella Screwed Me Over in October. I’m always writing, writing, writing, so I’ll share more when things are set.

(This interview was done a while back, Falling For Her Fiance is actually available now. It came out 1/14 and it was fantastic!!)

Are any of your characters based on real people or inspired by anyone?

There are bits here and there of people I know. I steal lines or moves my husband made when we were dating—and even now. And the friend in Cinderella Screwed Me Over is quite a bit like my best friend, who’s been my best friend since high school.

When writing, do you plan out the whole story first or does it come to you as you go?

The characters start to live in my head for a while. I think about the main conflict and mostly I think about the banter between the love interests and then I just sit down and write. I’m a total fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants writer. I tried to outline once, and it’s the only book I’ve ever written that I didn’t end up loving in the end (which is why no one will get to read it)

What type of research did you have to do for All the Broken Pieces?

I researched things like schizophrenia and medical conditions and Cottonwood, Arizona, the town I set the story in. I found a lot of really cool cutting edge medical treatments. I also read a couple of classic Gothic mysteries to help get that feel I wanted to be in this book.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

I love after the first draft. The story’s still messy, but it’s all there and I know my characters now, so I can go in and fill in emotions and twists and layer, yet it reads mostly like a story so it’s fun reading it. I also love when the package is all complete with cool chapter headings and a cover that I still look at and go, whoa, that’s my cover.

It must be hard to find time to write with 3 kids. How do you manage it?

Well, they’ve gotten used to the fact that I write, and they’re really good kids. I have to take breaks now and then to play army guys with my three year old, but once his sisters are home from school, he could really care less about me. I’m boring compared to them! Lol. My husband also understands that I need my writing time, so he helps out when I need to sneak off to Panera or the college library for hours at a time. 

Do you have any certain writing routine you stick to?

I try to do a few hours in the morning, a few hours in the afternoon, and if the story won’t let me go, another hour or so in the evening. Sometimes I’m up until one or two in the morning if my story’s flowing, but I’m trying to figure out a little more balance. I also drink Mountain Dew (as anyone who follows me on twitter already knows. Lol)


Coffee or tea? Mountain Dew. But once in a while, herbal teas.

Sweet or Salty? Sweet

Cake or Pie? Cake

Day or Night? Er, not morning, but I like the day if the weather’s nice. Night’s nice too, though.

Night on the town or quiet night in? Out to eat so I don’t have to cook, followed by a quiet night in

Ocean or Mountains? I love both so much, but there’s something awesome about the ocean.

Skirts or Pants? Pants.

I totally agree with out to dinner and then a quiet night in. Also I am an pants person too. I like to be comfy, but I dress up on occasion.

Thanks so much for taking the time for this interview!! You totally rock and I can't wait to read more of your books!! 

About the author 

Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.


  1. A Mountain Dew girl! All my son drinks. It's GREEN?

    Great interview.


    1. Lol!! My sister drink Mt. Dew all day long. I think it's way too sweet.

  2. Wowza 3 kids? She is a hero in my eyes! haha. I really enjoyed this book and I loved the personality clashing plot line. It's definitely very unique and I loved that it was a bit of a mind fuck at the same time. Great interview ladies! Also, Mountain Dew=barf! *runs away*

    1. Yes, I thought the way she went about this story was awesome!! Haha!! I'm with you on the Mt. Dew chick!! Not my thing either.

  3. Interesting interview!! I guess she's right about YA being the time when people really find themselves. Really like how she got the idea for all the broken pieces! Lovely post!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

    1. I think that's what I love most about reading YA, is getting to experience the characters going through so many firsts and trying to find themselves.

  4. It’s official! I have to get this book. I have read nothing but amazing reviews on it and I love anything by Entangled Teen so I know I will love it to. Great interview and review :)

    1. It's so good. I think you would enjoy it a lot judging by the type of books you usually read and like.

  5. OH! This book sounds amazing and the author seems very down-to-earth in the interview. :) Teen books are totally the best to write! There are tons of possibilities and choices for teens to make. I can't believe she has time to write with 3 kids! Whew! She's a super mom. :) I must check out All the Broken Pieces right now!!

    1. She is a very down to earth person and an amazing author. I have read all of her books and chat with her on twitter all the time.

  6. Sigh... I adore Cindi so much. Great author and a fantastic friend.
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Great interview, Amy. I always love finding out about the research that author's go into when they write a book! Plus, she's awesome if she can write with 3 kids! :)
    I've had my eyes on this book for quite some time now. I might as well just cave in and buy a copy! :)

  8. Wow, 3 kids and writing so many books?! I am thoroughly impressed! I'm in a family of four, and both my parents work, and it can get pretty crazy around here sometimes, haha. But this was such an interesting interview! I definitely need to pick up All the Broken Pieces. It sounds so fantastic! =) It's interesting that the author's favorite part of writing is right after the first draft. I love the idea of adding layers to the characters and such, with the second draft.

    Fabulous interview Amy, thanks for sharing! <3

  9. I have 2 kids and one is 3. Lately I feel like pulling my hair out cause it's impossible to do ANYTHING. He wants to know why and how and what and everything else constantly. I can't even imagine trying to write. I have tried at night, but that's just the time of day I can't seem to write, I need to read. So there's really no time I can write. It's okay, I'll just wait until he's in school. But I gotta say that's awesome that she manages! I really need to read this book!

  10. I want to read this one. I just got Falling for Her Fiance too. Can't wait to read it!

  11. Cool interview! Never heard of this book but I really like the synopsis.

  12. She writes such a wide variety of books! I am interested in reading many of them. I always love hearing how some authors are big planners and others just write!

  13. Great Q&A. I haven't read any of Cindi's books but I'm definitely going to keep my eye out for Cinderella Screwed Me Over. It sounds wicked funny or perhaps heartbreaking. I can't tell which at such a early stage with little details. Haha.


My blog is now an award free zone. I really appreciate the thought, but stopping by is reward enough for me. Thank you so much!!

I have been getting a ridiculous amount of spam comments so I have disabled anonymous comments. If you are an anonymous user and a real person, I apologize.

I love comments! I will try to respond to as many as I can. I read every one of them, even if I do not respond to them all.