Marie Seltenrych

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Marie has achieved many accolades for her volunteer work in her capacity as author, writer, teacher, and services to her community over many years. These are some of her noted achievements and awards:
Certificate in Acting 1969; Bachelor of Ministries 2004.
Experience: Stage production; Acting; Public speaking (motivational); Preaching (over 10 years); Worship leading (7 years);
Teaching Religious Education (4 years); home schooling children (7 years); Editor of Newsletter (Slacks Creek 3/4) (7 years);
Awards: Certification of Appreciation Cooinda House (2012); Certificate of Recognition Australian Blood Service (2012), signed by Jennifer Williams CEO; Certificate of Appreciation: Humpybong State School, (signed by Sam Knowles (Principal) and Ros Smith (President P & C) 2006. Certificate of Appreciation Underwood Neighbourhood Watch (2003) Silver Lapel Badge Award Slacks Creek 3/4 signedby Alex F. Erwin, Superintendent 1380, (2002). Merit Award, Writers World 1999. Certificate of Appreciation, Redeemer Lutheran college Middle School, 1999 (signed by J. Winslour (Head of Middle School) and W.J. Basrow (Librarian); Avon Team Leader Certificate 1999 (signed by Dianne Walsh District Sales Manager)

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 Seltenrych
marieseltenrych@icloud.com

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.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
15 years ago I decided to write a children's story. So my journey began. I sent the manuscript to a couple of Christian publishers at the time (Albatross) was one of them. I waited 3 months to get a reply, which was nice enough but also a refusal: "It's too Christian and we are not publishing this genre at present..." In other words, "Sorry, we don't like your manuscript."
I decided to get printed copies done (no internet back then). Henry was a trojan salesman and I appointed him my manager.
I turned out to be a shocking saleswoman (I wanted to give my books away to all my friends). Henry sold loads for me, some to schools all over Australia. Some teachers adopted the themes and used my book as a class book, which was a very nice compliment. I had other setbacks when Henry tried to sell the books to book shops.
I still have copies of my first children's book, The Gum Tree Gang and the Mystery at the Old Queenslander, and I assure you that they are so beautiful I am now reluctant to part with them. If you try to pull out the pages it is almost impossible, and the cover remains beautiful as at first. I am now impressed by Marooka Press Litographic (moved on sadly). I did get back my outlay on this title but did not make anything extra. I am so glad that I was not depending on selling this title for my daily needs as I would have been homeless and had to use the pages of the books as a blanket!!
I do love the journey with all its ups and downs. Being an Indie author is amazing and never boring. The journey is tough but rewarding at the stops. The people we meet and the fellowships we make are in a class of their own as we aspire and inspire each other on and up.
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Edit, Self-publish; Sell your book with Six Top Online Publishers
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,370. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2011 by Marie Seltenrych. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
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Publish with CreateSpace, Amazon/KDP, Lulu, WordClay and Smashwords: links, hints, formatting, ITIN, ISBNs, Images,distribution. Digital and non-digital manuscripts Helpful informtion for you to start your publishing journey.
Five Golden Rings and a Diamond - Part One - Ireland Passion and Pain
Series: Five Golden Rings and a Diamond, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 67,850. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2010 by Marie Seltenrych. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult
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Niamh Murphy (pronounced Neev) is almost 16 and growing beautifully. Her strong character defies her father's wish to trade her for something worth more than gold. Her girlish brashness takes her on a romantic hunt that hurries her growth into a woman who will stop at nothing to gain true love: Secret Sheltha language idioms used (McAllister, 1934)

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Runaway Princesses Get A Pet
Pre-release—available August 6, 2016. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,270. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals / Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
The princesses must defend their Kingdom from a dragon who is bringing darkness and fire into the Kingdom\. They must find their way into the Dragon's Den and use the secret means to stop this creature in its large tracks. The beautiful song leads them through darkness into light. The princes form allegiance with the enemy; Princesses must also decide if they should keep their new pet.
Runaway Princesses Rainbow Rumble
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,950. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Hadley and Skylar, twin princesses are ready to rumble. Fly away with this pair to get a little scare, and to find the boy in a green box - but where? They must run away or they will surely burst, to get to Rainbow Land, they know that they must. Lessons about life, hardships and strife and at the end of each day, they will say, "We sure did play."
KKMT And the Mystery at the Old Queenslander
Series: KKMT, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 29,270. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Law & Crime, Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Mysteries & Detective Stories
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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,350. Language: Vietnamese. Published: January 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Superheroes
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
Series: Five Golden Rings and a Diamond, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 80,050. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult
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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 50,480. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Humorous, Fiction » Mashups
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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,840. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / General, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Runaways
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This is the original long version of Runaway Princesses, which now contains 130 graphic pictures created by the author and artist, Marie Seltenrych. The princesses are based on two real little girls who loved to make the most of their lives by pretending. These were my inspiration in 2008, when the tale began.
Herod the Eighth, the Beast's Underbelly
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,710. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Religion and politics
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Ten marks of the Best of Revelation are viewed in this study. Christians will want to know who this beast is, how he comes into power, where he comes from. All these questions are answered in this volume. Includes outline for use in Seminars, Sermons, Bible Studies or discussions, free for the use of God's Servants who love His Coming.
The Gum Tree Gang and the Mystery at Mount Tamborine
Series: The Gum Tree Gang and the Mystery at the Old Queenslander. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 23,360. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The Gum Tree Gang must find a way to save their convention centre, or suffer the loss of having a school convention (and loads of fun) ever again.
The Gum Tree Gang and the Mystery at the Old Queenslander
Series: The Gum Tree Gang and the Mystery at the Old Queenslander. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 25,060. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The Gum Tree Gang are formed and they become local sleuths as they try to work out mysterious coded messages found at an abandoned Old Queenslander. Will they decipher the notes and rescue their friends from a life of crime, or will they be caught by the criminals and get into very big trouble with their parents? Courage, intelligence and cooperation are the keys they use to catch the crooks.
Pageant Plot Pardon - Play - Esther
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,520. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2010. Categories: Screenplays » History
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3 Act Script, with stage directions and scene helps, suitable for Dramtic groups with small or large numbers of cast (up to 44). Extras or small group of actors can perform in several roles with quick change of costume. Royalty free for Amateur Dramatic Societies. Based on the story of Queen Esther (Biblical)

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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.
  • The Jesus You Have Not Known -- A Suprising Glimpse Beyond Tradition on March 31, 2015

    An amazing and informative glimpse at the most astonishing person who has ever graced our world. Sumner brings in facts about Jesus' lineage and his right to be called King. Take heart, all you who have trusted Jesus as your Saviour and Lord, for He is much much more than that. Congratulations to Susan Sumner for a wonderful exposition of facts about Jesus that are rarely spoken of. This is a must read for every believer.