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
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?
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 Fiancé 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.