Marie Seltenrych

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Irish born Australian, Marie Seltenrych [nee Rafferty] began writing and drawing at age 4. During Summer holidays in her beloved Leixlip, she drew pictures and made comics with her beloved siblings, Dolores, Liam, Josephine and Raymond. Her youngest brother, Keith, (17 years her junior) has inspired her to write and has been one of her biggest encouragers. From crayon and pencil scribbles, she has gained skills and confidences to write, draw and publish short stories, children's stories, adult romance titles, an adult mystery, a play, a book on prophecy, a book on "How to do online publishing", various devotionals. Marie is also a poet (much to some people's surprise), and is always busy helping someone along the publishing journey. Her belief is definitely, "Love your readers"; "practice makes perfect;" "Pick up the pieces and move on" and "get the talent honed".

Contact Marie
marie@aussieoibooks.com.au

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a little town called Leixlip, Co. Kildare, Ireland; I was born in the Main Street of Leixlip, where houses were built in a row, to support each other I suppose. My earliest memories of that beautiful place are when I was one year old. I can recall my first birthday when I spilled a cup of hot tea over my chest. The doctor tried to place a cage over it but he did not succeed. Later, I asked my mother about this. "You kicked and screamed" she said. "Do you know why?" I asked. "No," she replied. "Because the metal was so cold it hurt me more than the burn."
That is a true story about me around 1949, so don't lie to me because I have a very long memory!
Before I began school (that's another great story) I could read. The day that my older sister, Dolores, brought home her first books, I snatched them from her hand and ran off to read them.
When you think of it, reading around age 4 was possibly a good beginning for a writer. Also, I drew pictures as much as possible: my mother gave me used envelopes, opened; I used the insides of the white envelopes to draw pictures with a pencil. I remember exactly what I drew: princesses with dresses that always ended up having layers like frills as they seemed out of perspective until I had added a few more. I drew bonnets like flowers around their round heads; banana shape for a mouth; two small dots for the nose, larger for eyes. I think I even added eyebrows at some point. I wish I had kept some of those drawings now that I have a grand-daughter aged 4 who loves to draw and write. Who does she remind me of?
I am sure that listening to Mammy and Daddy telling stories: mostly ghost stories from their own portfolios which terrified me possibly gave me the impetus to write my own tales. Mammy used to tell us stories at bedtime. I also remember how beautiful she was in a muted silk dress going dancing, with a real fur coat.
I thought she was the most beautiful woman in the whole world.
One of my stories was sparked by an incident that happened in this house in Main Street, Leixlip, before I started school: A tinker called in for help. Mammy went upstairs to get some things for this woman.
The woman wore a tartan shawl in browns and creams, that came down to the calves of her legs. She had brown hair and a tanned complexion (weather-beaten). We were alone for about ten minutes as Mother searched for something to give this woman. As I looked at her legs, I saw something that shocked me: a puddle of water was landing on the nice, sparkling red polished concrete floor. I remember thinking: "Bad baby, dirtying Mammy's floor." I was silent.
Mother appeared with a bundle of baby clothes, including a prized yellow cardigan which I wanted to keep for a doll I had.
Many years later I wrote Five Golden Rings and a Diamond, the story of a young tinker who tries to find a new life and abscond with her own kidnapped child. Did my hometown influence me? I think so.
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Thank God I'm Here
By Raymond Dale
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,190. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2012 by Marie Seltenrych. Category: Nonfiction
Raymond Dale has had a wealth of spiritual experiences over 40 years. He tells his true stories about the spiritual warfare that has raged and is raging over his soul and yours. You will be amazed.
Kola and Gumboot See Food Shapes in the Sky
By Samantha Burridge
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,200. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2012 by Marie Seltenrych. Category: Fiction
Kola and Gumboot are two unwanted toys who meet on the unwanted toy pile and become good friends. In this first story Kola, an old dusty dog, organizes a surprise picnic for his dearest friend, the faithful Gumboot, a donkey with torn fur. Great graphics to stir the small child's imagination. Themes include finding true friends, seeing shapes in the clouds, sharing and having food with friends.
Edit, Self-publish;Sell your book with Six top online publishers
By Book Nanny
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,370. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2011 by Marie Seltenrych. Category: Nonfiction
(5.00)
Use this coupon to download free: BE63E. Publish with CreateSpace, Amazon/KDP, Lulu, WordClay and Smashwords: links, hints, formatting, ITIN, ISBNs, Images,distribution. Digital and non-digital manuscripts. This book makes it possible for you to become a published author, today
In His Truth, the prophetic words of Stephen A Hanson, from 2010
By Stephen A Hanson
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,880. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2011 by Marie Seltenrych. Category: Nonfiction
(4.00)
Prophecies concerning USA Statue of Liberty and God's people. Inspirational messages and visions are included in this volume, all given in 2010 and applicable to contemporary events. Spiritual warfare, the state of the nations, divisions in the great nation of America, and the return of Jesus Christ. Inspiring and astonishingly relevant and important to this generation.

Books

KKMT And the Mystery at the Old Queenslander
By Marie Seltenrych
Series: KKMT, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 29,270. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2013. Category: Fiction
KKMT, Krystal, Kevin, Matthew and Tracey have a new name. Together they fight crime in their area, especially when it involves their school mates.
Runaway công chúa
By Marie Seltenrych
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,120. Language: Vietnamese. Published: January 9, 2013. Category: Fiction
Công chúa sinh đôi, Biscottini và Bruschetta sẽ đưa bạn vào một cuộc hành trình học tập khi họ tìm tình bạn thật sự.Họ nhận thấy nhiều hơn những gì họ mong đợi.
Five Golden Rings and a Diamond Part 2: Australia Flame 'n Fame
By Marie Seltenrych
Series: Five Golden Rings and a Diamond, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 80,050. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2012. Category: Fiction
Niamh continues her quest for love and stability as she works as a nanny in a Cane farm setting in Queensland Australia. Her troubles grow as she gets involved with the robust cane cutter, Luigi, tries to live up to Barbara the Aboriginal young woman's high standards, and finds that Father John and his brother Paddy are hiding a terrible secret. Niamh faces her new future with hope...
50 Hours
By Marie Seltenrych
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 50,560. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2010. Category: Fiction
NaNoWriMo Winner 3 Aussie middle-aged women caught red handed with drugs at Denpasar Airport, end up in a cell where they contemplate the death penalty. As they share together they reveal secrets from their respective pasts; criminal elements emerge. Merging their skills they plot an escape, which is foiled. Facing the death penalty they cling onto their belief that justice will prevail. Read it
Runaway Princesses
By Marie Seltenrych
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,710. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2010. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Runaway princesses are not tired yet! Their energy will astound you, their antics will charm you, their courage will amaze you. Two little girls change a world by their fun attitude, respect and willingness to step into other people's shoes.
Herod the Eighth, the Beast's Underbelly
By Marie Seltenrych
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,610. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Who is the Beast of Revelation 12, 13, 17? 666? Find out why the House of Herod fits the Biblical, historical, prophetic and supernatural criteria for the coming final event before the Jesus Christ returns: Ancestoral ties; Support by Roman Empire; First king in 500 years; Timing of Messiah; Herods of New Testament era; Spiritual connection to original Beast; Timing of his revelation
The Gum Tree Gang and the Mystery at Mount Tamborine
By Marie Seltenrych
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,380. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2010. Category: Fiction
The Gum Tree Gang find out that someone wants to close down their school convention venue. The GTG are determined to find out who is behind this plot and end up deep inside tunnels, face to face with a Pterodactyl who does magic tricks and mean imposters. They use their imagination and skills to try and escape before their centre is gone forever. Includes fun Spot the clues for readers.
Pageant Plot Pardon [A Play in 3 Acts based on Biblical book of Esther]
By Marie Seltenrych
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,570. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2010. Category: Screenplays
(5.00 from 1 review)
Inspirational script for amateur and professional actors/irectors/producers of stage/film. Includes: cast titles.[Actors can multi-roleplay]. Script based on the Biblical book of Esther. I tried it out with a ladies group and we had such fun. Stage directions are also included, plus settings for every scene, which can be personalized. Great for theatre groups.
Five Golden Rings and a Diamond - Part One - Ireland, Passion and Pain, the curse of Cain
By Marie Seltenrych
Series: Five Golden Rings and a Diamond, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 67,970. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2010. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
With quick wit, soft heart, a yearning for love and acceptance, our protagonist, Niamh, sets out on a journey of discovery. Her bravery, stamina and determination are tested as she overcomes being used for monetary gain; ; a stint in prison,abuse by a holy man; pregnancies; a jealous sister and responsibilities. Her fiery nature takes her forward into a better future, or will it be worse? Read it.

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  • Message to my Children vol.II Hear the Message on Feb. 07, 2011
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    Very inspirational and moving. God is at work here and Susan is following the leading of God's Spirit for the benefit of all those who love the Lord, or who are curious. Recommend for those who want to stir their faith and move in the Spirit of the Lord.