Earlier, we had the pleasure of meeting David Ellis, author and co-founder of Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, a literary magazine that promotes uplifting and inspirational poetry no matter the topic. Now we get the chance to meet Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal’s other co-founder, author Cendrine Marrouat. Marrouat’s Walks: A Collection of Haiku is one of her many publications that are available now. It’s one book of Haiku’s you’ll want to check out!
What inspired you to write a book?
Life and the things around me have always inspired me to write. The same goes for photography.
Was there a book or author that you admired that played a role when developing your book?
Kahlil Gibran is my favorite author and artist. The Prophet has had a major impact on my life. Trying to emulate Gibran’s style helped me understand my own.
It is often said that in order to write something, you must believe in what you are writing. Do you agree with that?
Of course. It is the essence of good writing. When you write, you leave some of your energy on the page. If you don’t believe in what you write, readers will feel it.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?
I write when I have time, which is rare these days. With that said, even if I had a set schedule, I highly doubt it would work for me. I find inspiration in the most unexpected moments.
Tell us about your writing style, how is it different from other writers?
What makes it different is the fact that I write about topics that many are afraid to tackle. For example, I released a book of short poems on death to help others grieve better. My play, In the Silence of Words, deals with issues like depression and suicide.
Everyone has experienced or will experience challenging or terrible things in their lives. But not everyone is ready and willing to talk about them in a positive way. Without the heavy depression I went through for ten years, I would not be the person I am today. I am grateful for what it has taught me.
What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing? What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing?
I have never really found anything hard about writing. When you aren’t afraid of sharing your own voice with the world, things happen naturally.
Have you ever experienced “Writer’s Block”? How long do they usually last? Any tips you would like to share to overcome it?
Every author in the history of the world has been hit by Writer’s Block. The people who tell you otherwise are probably lying. If you want it to leave you alone, do not fight it. Just embrace it. Meet a friend, go for a walk, etc. Do something that will take your mind off of it and it will go away.
Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?
Cendrine:- The same as most authors will give you. Practice, practice, practice. Don’t listen to your inner critic. Don’t compare yourself to others unless you want to understand your style. Be yourself and write. 🙂
Are you working on something new at the moment?
The third and fourth volumes of my “Walks: A Collection of Haiku” series are almost ready. Unfortunately, I am extremely busy. So, I am not sure when I will be able to publish them. I recently released my 2020-2021 calendar, though. It’s full of photos from my portfolio. David and I are also working on Issue two of Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal. Poets, if you have inspirational and uplifting poems to share with the world, send them to us soon, as we offer one free poem submission per submission period 🙂
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Thank you for this opportunity. We appreciate the support very much!
About Cendrine Marrouat
Born and raised in France, Cendrine Marrouat moved to Winnipeg, Canada, in 2003. She is a photographer, poet, author, and the Head of marketing and communications at ConnexionFranco.Coop.
Cendrine has released 13 books in several genres: poetry, theatre, photography, and social media. She created her own poetry form called the Sixku and co-founded FPoint Collective.