Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name is Cendrine Marrouat and I have lived in Winnipeg, Canada since 2003. I was born and raised in France.
I am a photographer specializing in black & white, nature, and closeup images. I also work as a French instructor, content creator, and social media trainer.
So far, I have authored 10 books (poetry, social media, and photography) and a spoken word CD. I also wrote two plays several years ago.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“Life’s Little Things: The Quotes” is a collection of photography with a twist. Each photo is paired with inspirational words.
Like with every other book I have released, I was inspired by what I see around me. I wanted encourage people to reconnect with themselves, think more positively, slow down their physical pace, and find their inner rhythm.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I work in fits and spurts of inspiration because of my slowness. Writer’s block is also my daily companion. I am used to it, though. So I take advantage of any opportunity I have.
Also, unlike many, I cannot start writing without having a specific title in mind.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Definitely Khalil Gibran! All his books have influenced me one way or the other. “The Prophet” saved my life.
What are you working on now?
The promotion of “Life’s Little Things: The Quotes.” It is a full-time job!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
The best platform is Twitter. I use the social network to connect with fellow authors and readers, as well as to conduct research.
Twitter has a fantastic internal search engine that you can use to find anything you need in the Twittersphere.
The best method to promote my books? A tailored strategy.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Nothing that has not been said over and over already.
Be self-confident. Have a strategy in place. Build relationships with people and treat them like human beings.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Let your actions speak louder than your words.
What are you reading now?
“This Indian Country” by Frederick Hoxie. It’s a scholarly-like account of what some of the major American Indian activists did to fight the colonialist (and destructive) stance of the US government during the 19th and 20th centuries.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am not sure yet. Right now, I am too busy with marketing my book to think of new projects.
The only thing I know is that I will continue blogging and crafting content for clients.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
I would bring some of Khalil Gibran’s books: “The Prophet,” “The Garden of the Prophet,” and “Jesus, the Son of Man.”