Author name: Cendrine Marrouat
Genre: Poetry, photography, theatre, humor, guides for authors and writers
Books: Click here for a full list of Cendrine’s books. Below is a list of 2020 titles:
Blog Your Way to Success: 35+ No-Nonsense Tips for Authors and Writers (upcoming); Songs in Our Paths: Haiku & Photography (Vol. 1 upcoming); Bad. Pitches. Period. 30 Flavors of Spammy Emails; My Positivity Journal: 100 Action Verbs and Affirmations for Daily Inspiration – co-authored with David Ellis; My Twitter Workbook: 20 Tips to Get Noticed and Followed – co-authored with David Ellis; The Little Big eBook on Social Media Audiences: Build Yours, Keep It & Win (2nd Ed.); My Poetry Workbook: 20 Tips to Write Great Poems– co-authored with David Ellis; My Marketing Workbook: Promotional Tips For Poets – co-authored with David Ellis; My Creative Journal: 40 Prompts to Take Your Writing to the Next Level! – co-authored with David Ellis; The Heart of Space
What’s your story and how did you become a writer? I was born and raised in Toulouse, France, and have lived in Winnipeg, Canada, since 2003. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in English-to-French translation.
In my 17-year career, I have acquired a vast experience in several fields: translation, language instruction, social media coaching and training, content creation and curation, photography, poetry, theatre, art reviews, blogging, and journalism. I am the author of 23 books in different genres.
Last year, I co-founded Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal with fellow author and poet David Ellis. Our magazine focuses exclusively on positive, inspirational and uplifting poetry. We have also co-authored a series of mini-guides for authors and writers.
In 2019, photographer Isabel Nolasco and I co-founded FPoint Collective, a collective of photographers. There are currently three members.
I am the creator of the Sixku (poetry form) and the Reminigram (photography genre). As a photographer, I specialize in nature, closeup, and black-and-white images. I also teach French to adults and occasionally advise clients on social media strategy.
How do you balance your work with other demands? Very early in my career, I learnt how to prioritize tasks and organize myself accordingly. It makes everything easier
Name one of the happiest moments in your life: The day when someone compared the style in one of my books to Kahlil Gibran’s!
What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner? I always start with a title. Then, I take the time I need to complete a project. The only planning I ever did was for my play, titled In the Silence of Words.
Could you write in a café with people around? Yes, I occasionally do. But solitude is my jam.
Have you ever written dialogue in a second language? If so, how did you do it? French is my mother tongue but I have always prefererd writing in English. I worked hard and practiced a lot. Also, I have only expected the best from myself.
What’s your favorite book and what are you reading now? Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. This book saved my life. I have just finished reading Robert Harms’ The Diligent: A Voyage Through the Worlds Of The Slave Trade and am about to start Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything.
What’s your favorite way to read a book: hardcover, paperback, eReader? It’s hard for me to concentrate on a screen. I only use my Kindle Fire when I am on a trip or for short books. Nothing beats print books. Paperbacks are great!
Do you think print books will always be around? Of course! Actually, they have never been threatened.
Would you ever read a book on your phone? Nope!
What’s your go-to device? iPhone, Android or something else? My computer.
How long could you go without checking your phone? I was born and raised in an era when smartphones didn’t exist. My first “cellphone” was a pager and I heard of the internet for the first time when I was 17 or 18. I sent my first email a year later.
Smartphones can be useful but they are useless when you mostly work from home. I have everything I need on my computer. Some days, I do not even look at my phone.
Do you listen to audiobooks? If you do, what do you do while you’re listening? I don’t listen to audiobooks.
Do you like using social media to promote yourself and your book? If so, what’s your favorite platform? As a social media coach, I love social media! I have used Twitter, Facebook, Linked, and LinkedIn for a very long time. Instagram is also a decent platform.
My favorite network has always been Twitter. There are many authors and readers there!
Awards/special recognition: Canadian Geographic: Photo shortlisted to appear in the 2021 Canadian Parks calendar; 2015 SMALL BUSINESS BOOK AWARDS: Community Choice vote winner in the Social Media Category (The Little Big eBook on Social Media Audiences: Build Yours, Keep It, and Win); BUZZHUMM: Top 100 Business Blogger; FIT SMALL BUSINESS: Best Small Business Blogs of 2015 and 2016 lists (Social Media Slant, my former social media blog)
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