In Her Own Words: A Collection of Short Stories and Flashku by Cendrine Marrouat - Fiction/ Short Stories / Women’s fiction

In Her Own Words: A Collection of Short Stories and Flashku
by Cendrine Marrouat

Genre: Fiction/ Short Stories / Women’s fiction
Publisher: Independent
Date of Publication: March, 15, 2022
ISBN: 9798201241919
Number of pages: 41
Word Count: 9,200
Cover Artist: Cendrine Marrouat

A collection of eight contemporary and emotionally gripping stories told from the point of view of women at different stages in their lives. In Her Own Words will move you deeply whatever walks of life you come from.

About the Flashku: 
Created in 2021 by Cendrine Marrouat, the Flashku is a short piece of flash fiction (50–100 words) inspired by an image. It contains minimal descriptions and uses seven words borrowed from another source. The ending must contain a positive / inspirational twist or resolution. For more information, visit .  

A lovely collection of short stories and flashku, a literary form of flash fiction of her own creation, that visit and revisit the many forms love can take throughout our lives. Immersive, palpable, emotionally intelligent characters and themes make this collection a very enjoyable experience. One for my bookshelves! - Sarah St. Erth

Book Trailer: 

Interview with Cendrine Marrouat

Welcome to JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder 

Tell us about your newest book.

Cendrine Marrouat: In Her Own Words is my first full collection of short stories and flashku (a form of “poetic” flash fiction I invented). I wrote it over a period of 14 years. Each piece tells a different (and unrelated) story and is an experience in self-discovery. While the whole book deals with universal topics from the point of view of women at different stages in their lives,  it is not meant to be just female-centric. People may be very different in most areas, but I believe that we also share common goals and ideals.

Tell us a little bit about your writing career.

Cendrine Marrouat: I started my writing career as a poet in 2005. Two years later, I wrote a play titled In the Silence of Words: A Three-Act Play ( This experience awakened my desire to try other genres, including short stories and flash fiction.

And then, photography came into my life, which added another layer to my creative toolkit. I spent most of the 2010s focusing on multimedia projects and crafting content for clients. I also worked as a social media coach, helping indie authors and solopreneurs with their strategies. Finally, I was a digital journalist and professional art reviewer for several years. (I still interview artists and review books on my blog.

In 2019, poet David Ellis and I launched Auroras & Blossoms (, a platform dedicated to inspirational and uplifting art. Since then, we have published several anthologies. Every year, we release two volumes in our flagship series, The PoArtMo Anthology ( The adult version features incredible works from a select number of writers and visual artists around the world; while The PoArtMo Anthology: Youth Edition includes stories from young creatives between the ages of 13 and 16.  

(Authors, writers, and artists reading this interview are more than welcome to submit to us!  

While I am very proud of my achievements as a solo artist, my career would not be the same without my creative partnership with David. Our work together has yielded many great things, including books and the creation of poetry forms. David is a fantastic business partner as well as a wonderful friend.

They say Hind-sight is 20/20. If you could give advice to the writer you were the first time you sat down to write, what would it be?

Cendrine Marrouat: I have often asked myself this question. I think I would pat younger me on the shoulder rather than giving her any advice. “You were right to follow your gut instinct when you sat down to write your first poem. Look where it led you!”

Are themes a big part of your stories, or not so much?

Cendrine Marrouat: They are. I consider myself an inspirational artist. My belief has always been that, no matter how many fast or hard balls life throws at us, there is always a lesson to be learnt. If embraced, the  most challenging events will often lead to major growth. That is why I do not shy away from discussing difficult topics in my work.

What are you working on now?

Cendrine Marrouat: I am putting the finishing touches to a short story that will be released as a standalone book next year. The story has quite a unique twist. Readers should be surprised!

What are your plans for future projects?

Cendrine Marrouat: While I always have ideas for new books, this year I made the decision to no longer release poetry-only books. I want to continue my exploration of short stories, flash fiction, and flashku. And maybe I will write another play.

Life is too short to limit my options! ;-)

Thank you so much for having me!

Good luck with your newest release, and thank you for being with us today. 

About the Author:

Cendrine Marrouat is a poet, photographer, multi-genre author, creator of literary forms, and co-founder of Auroras and Blossoms and A Warm Mug of Cozy. She has released more than 40 books, including A Particle of You: Love Poetry (2022), Tree Reflections (2022), After the Fires of Day: Haiku Inspired by Kahlil Gibran & Alphonse de Lamartine (2021), Songs in Our Paths: Haiku and Photography (2020-2021), and In the Silence of Words: A Three-Act Play (2018). 

Cendrine's work has appeared in many publications. She is the (co-)creator of the Sixku, Kindku, Pareiku, Flashku, Sepigram, Vardhaku, Hemingku, and Reminigram. 


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