Maria Rattray

Biography

I grew up in Scotland, have spent a few years living on a beautiful island in PNG called Bougainville, and now live in Canberra, Australia with my ever-tolerant husband, who also happens to be my proofreader!
My claim to fame is having won the Temperance Prize for Writing in high school, but that was before I discovered all the fine red wines that Australia has to offer. Does that mean I should give the prize back?
I guess I have an overactive imagination and love to weave situations I come across into captivating tales. Sneaking into the minds of my characters allows me to steal their personalities for a time, but it’s only a temporary trespass and certainly not worth reporting to the police!
Stories are to be found in every person we meet, or in situations we read about. So just be careful if you ever happen my way. You may surreptitiously be woven into a plot!

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
Oh my goodness, that's a difficult question to answer, but probably from the time that I had a decent pencil grip, and I realised that certain squiggles made meaning. That was before starting school and thereafter the journey began, a very slow journey as I don't actually remember being taught to write well at school..
I've always loved to write, and as a mother would write children's stories (or make them up on the spot!), but it wasn't until i went back to university to study writing that the real journey began. Even then I didn't emerge at the end of my study feeling confident that I could entertain.
In the past writers needed an inordinate amount of resilience and a very tough hide to succeed. Putting a huge amount of energy into a piece of work, to receive it back a week or so later as a 'Dear John', clearly unread, was difficult to contend with. I used to read other writers, especially children's authors, and wonder what their magic ingredient was. Today I'd put it down to really good luck. Today the platform has changed and the opportunity to succeed is here.
So when did I start writing with a belief in myself? Probably no more than a year ago and in the belief that the self-publishing world would/could open the door for sincere writers who have a great story to share.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm not sure if I should be openly sharing this, but I will. It's loosely based on a true story. It's about a family member who left his very first love to take up a position in another country. She was a little young at the time, and so, the plan was that she would join him when she finished her studies. And as all good love stories go, they gradually lost contact with each other, each of them going on to marry someone else. Tragically his wife died and he was lost for a while. By that time her marriage was over and each of them, unbeknown to each other. began searching for the other on the internet. By this time he was a professor of mathematics at a well-known university and fortunately had his profile set up on Facebook. Sounds corny, but it's not. It has a sad ending....I think!
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Books

A Fortunate Teller
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,110. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2014. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Living with Allie had always been a challenge, but her feisty personality and her drive to be a super-successful real estate agent were the very characteristics that had drawn Brad to her. What he could never have prepared for was Allie’s spur-of-the-moment decision, to throw in the towel and become a fortune teller, especially when their lives appeared to be going so amazingly well.
Happenstantial
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,660. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Refined, intelligent and beautiful, Gina’s life should have been rich, but it wasn’t. Presumed upon by her family, she decides eventually that it is time for change and so, she set about learning the intricacies of the stock market where she duly makes her wealth. With that she secretly closes off every door of her former life, and leaves her homeland to carve out a new life for herself.
Secret Atonement
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,750. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2014. Category: Fiction » Inspirational
After his wife’s passing, John is consumed with despair, and for a while he languishes in self-pity. Inspiration arrives unexpectedly one day, and he finds a renewed reason for living that not only allows him to heal, but also becomes the cornerstone for rebuilding the lives of others.
Outsmarted
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,580. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / General
James' busted tooth leads him on a merry chase to hospital with his posh mum, who has to confront her own steroetyping prejudices. Will James win her over? He can be very annoying towards his mum, so he needs to back off and muster all of his diplomacy and cunning skills to try to win through. Can you learn from James?

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