Author Interview & Ebook Giveaway: Five Years and Counting by Cendrine Marrouat

Welcome to Author Cendrine Marrouat.

Cendrine Marrouat was born in Toulouse, southern France, in the late 1970s. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English-to-French translation that she received in 2001 from the Université of Toulouse-le Mirail. Two years later, she moved to Canada and became the first member in her family to permanently settle in a foreign country.
Cendrine has extensive experience in the writing field. Deemed completely bilingual (French and English), she began her career as an independent artist, focusing on poetry and spoken word. She published five collections, recorded a CD, and wrote two plays that she hopes to direct someday.
However, Cendrine’s calling is in the social media field, where her unique insight allows her to create and share content that is both educational and easy to read. Her articles have appeared in a number of websites and blogs, including Examiner.com, Digital Journal, Blogcritics and Technorati.
Cendrine is the founder of Creative Ramblings, a social media blog focusing on independent artists and entrepreneurs rather than big businesses.


INTERVIEW:
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

Going back to the past all the way. I have always felt that I was born in the wrong era. And, I would probably be like Gerald Butler’s character in Timeline. I would stay behind.
What is one book everyone should read?

The Prophet by Khalil Gibran.
If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?

Since Jesus has been picked by so many people, I would choose Jiddhu Krishnamurti. This man was ahead of his time and knew it. He left a legacy of thoughts that have been unmatched.
Night owl, or early bird?

I am extremely productive at night. I go to bed when people wake up.  
Pet Peeves?

Selective ignorance and pity. People who try to force their beliefs into others or pass judgments without taking the time to look around them. 
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

Five Years and Counting is a sweeping journey through the tribulations and joys of life, and the riveting poetry will linger with the reader long after they have set the book down.” – Kira Stann
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?

Anybody can be an author. However, to be a successful one, you must invest time and money in your book — it is your brand. So do your due diligence and get to know your audience before promoting with all your strength.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

Ever since my first visit to British Columbia, I have wanted to live in the Rockies. I find these mountains fascinating and spiritually uplifting. 
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?

Always share your happiest thoughts on paper. And force yourself to find a positive angle to the not-so-happy ones.   
Hidden talent?

I am an empath. I can read people quite well. And I use this skill to help them when I can.  
How do you react to a bad review?

Bad reviews do not really bother me. Maybe it is because I am a professional reviewer, and know how difficult it can be to write about something to which you cannot relate.
A reviewer is entitled to their own opinions. If they do not like my books, who am I to judge?
You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?

First, I would lock half of the amount in a bank account. I would then use some of the rest to help my family and a couple of charities. I would also book a cruise to Sweden, Norway and Iceland. And if I had some money left, I would buy my house in the Rockies.
Which authors have influenced you most?

Khalil Gibran, Alphonse de Lamartine, Shakespeare and Jane Austen.
What do you do in your free time?

Anything that will allow me to completely disconnect from my work. I watch good movies, listen to music, take my dogs to the park, play soccer and sing in a choir.
Write a Haiku about your book

From birth to last breath
the light in the window shines —
hope unleashes faith.
Print or Ebook?

There is something very special about printed books, especially old ones. I like to touch and smell them. I find eBooks so impersonal!  
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I may be French, but I neither smoke nor drink wine. Actually, I do not drink alcohol at all.

Five Years and Counting

Life has four universal stages. Do you know what they are?
Poetry is an evolutional process, a reflection of the human mind. Every person goes through life and changes on a regular basis. That is exactly what Five Years and Counting is about.  Cendrine Marrouat, the author, has regrouped five years of poetry and arranged her pieces according to life’s most important stages: birth, teenage years, adulthood, and elevation. This last stage represents man’s understanding and realization of the ultimate fulfillment in life.
Five Years and Counting is available for purchase at Amazon, Lulu, Barnes & Noble NOOK Bookstore and www.fiveyearsandcounting.com

Giveaway Details
2 winners will each receive an ebook copy
Open Internationally
Ends 1/30/12

WINNERS:
AngelGirlJenn
cynthia wolfrath