I realize that I have never actually introduced myself to the Vocal community.
Better late than never, right? So, here we go.
You already know my name. But for those who wonder how to pronounce it, here is the answer: “san-drEEn mar-wah”. (No “t” at the end, please. ;-) )
Born in Toulouse, southern France, I spent the first decade of my life in Surgères, a small town on the Atlantic Coast, before moving back to my birth city with my mother.
You can see many photos of Toulouse below.
I fell in love with English in high school. I was so passionate about the language that I decided to become an English major. I hold a BA in English-to-French Translation (which is actually considered a Master’s Degree in France). The subject of my thesis? A translation of the first two chapters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Austen remains one of my favorite authors to this day.
My initial goal was to be an English teacher in France. But I found the national teaching exams too difficult and exacting. Like a majority of my peers, I failed—more than once. In 2003, I had had enough of the competitive atmosphere, of studying 12–14 hours a day, and hearing professors telling us that “teachers are the elite of the country.” I wanted to see more of the world, meet new people and cultures, and stop feeling like a professional student. I set my sights on Winnipeg, Canada, and moved there a few months later. I have never looked back since!
I am the proud mama of four fur babies: Ginger and Teddy (tabby cats), Gus (Jack Chi), and Pepper (Terrier mix).
Yes, they are as mischievous as they look!
Where I Have Travelled
France, of course! But I have also visited quite a few interesting places, including Syria, Hawaii, Alaska, Italy, Greece, Spain, the UK and several Canadian provinces. Prince Edward Island is one of my favorites!
As a nature photographer, Canada is pure heaven. I could spend days in forests and parks near my house…
What I Do
For years, I worked as a translator, French instructor to adults, social media coach, content creator and curator, digital journalist, and art reviewer. I am also a poet, author, digital and film photographer, budding watercolor painter, podcaster, the co-founder of Auroras & Blossoms / A Warm Mug of Cozy, and the (co-)creator of literary forms and a type of digital image.
I have released 40+ books since 2006, including:
- The Train: A Short Story — You never know what a train ride may have in store. Maggie is about to find out as she journeys to Coueuses to visit her family.
- In Her Own Words: A Collection of Short Stories and Flashku — Eight contemporary and emotionally gripping stories told from the point of view of women at different stages in their lives.
- Tree Reflections — A collection of 50+ digital and film photographs taken by Cendrine Marrouat in several parks and urban forests in Winnipeg, Canada during early spring 2022.
You can see all my books by clicking the link below. They are available to purchase in hundreds of bookstores around the world!
How to Connect with Me
I am very active in the Vocal Groups on Facebook. You can also find me on the following social networks:
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