It was a gorgeous sunny morning when I decided to take a citi bike from Brooklyn to Manhattan to attend the second day at the writers workshop. The bike station wasn’t working properly and after 15 minutes I gave up. I decided to get a cab but there were none to be found. I lost half an hour and was still on the wrong side of the bridge! I rushed to the subway and literally ran the last few blocks to the Pennsylvania hotel. As I’m waiting for the elevator in the hotel lobby another girls rushes to the elevator and gets in the elevator with me. We smile at each other, realize we are going to the same workshop and are both late. We introduce ourselves, giggle and take a seat next to each other when we entered the room. We hang out all day, we share stories, have lunch, inspire each other; a friendship is born! Some things are just meant to be!
Meet the lovely, passionate French beauty Sandrine Marlier:
After a free spirited year backpacking and soul searching around the globe, Sandrine arrived in NYC to start a modeling career. (Over 8 years ago) A few years into modeling she felt a bit lost until she pursued her passion for writing. When Sandrine started writing her first book, named “In between” (now in edit) she got a renewed appreciation for her job; the interesting and beautiful people she meets, the endless opportunities it offers to explore herself and the world.
I asked her for a book recommendation and this is what she said:
A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway: It’s the oldest second-hand book I own. Vintage. It smells just as old as it looks and I love it! I came upon this book after having visited his most classic numbers and fell in awe with the early genius in action through sketches that show what his life in Paris in the twenties was like. Coincidentally, the movie ‘Midnight in Paris’ came out right after my read. That was the first time since Star Wars (the old episodes) that I went three times to see the same movie at the theatre, just because I could dive in that time and be with him.
Hemingway’s intense and sometimes dangerous adventures, his passion for his craft, for all form of art and for life in general (food and sex in particular- how French!) have encouraged me to dirty my hands when I sit down at my desk. Hemmingway recommends: “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know,”. So I try my best to write from my heart, where emotions resonate the loudest, and let the narrative take whatever shape it needs, whether it be a novel, a short story, essay, poem or photograph. That is what those sketches in the book are for me: narratives that take on different shapes and colors and reveal just as much about the author as about his subject. There’s not one way of working your craft, doing your job, loving and living. You experiment, look for the truth in everything you do, mean what you say and do what you say.
If you like to read more about Sandrine check out her blog: http://frenchieventures.com/ or follow her on twitter @frenchieventure.
Thanks for sharing Sandrine!