Writer by passion
Photographer by soul

Political Scientist by training,
Development Worker by fate,
Translator by circumstance,

Literary activist by choice.

Born in the Philippines, I spent my childhood in Kenya and Mexico, lived most of my adult life in Germany, India, and Thailand before taking a leap of faith and moving to Portugal. I am a citizen of the world, capturing moments in with pen and lens. The blog began in 2006 as a family newsletter and the joy of writing grew over the years, flourishing into a platform for thoughts, emotions and eventually, photography. The time came, however, when the writing,  photography, and the cat stories needed to part ways and pursue different horizons. The former blog named Through Frog Eyes on Blogspot found its new home and allowed FrogDiva Photography  pursue its own destiny on an independent website.

Mission Statement: writing and photography are as human to me as they spiritual, riddled with imperfections and in constant pursuit of equilibrium of expression.

Thank you for dropping by and continuing the journey with me. 
Portugal 2023

Marie Balustrade’s Author Page

As Author:
PEN America
Women’s Fiction Writers Association
Sisters in Crime (Women Crime Writers’ Association)
The Independent Author Network 

As Photographer
Federation of European Photographers
Professional Photographers of America
Centralverband Deutscher Berufsfotografen (CV) / Federation of German Professional Photographers
Photographers Without Borders
Deutscher Verband für Fotografie
HeARTs Speak (Advocacy for Shelter Animals)