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The dolphin RippleI am a mother, teacher, writer, web designer, photographer,cyclist, animal lover, environmentalist, and although I now live inland there is part of me which spends all its time out of sight of land on the deep blue sea.

However, I do not like beach resorts so rarely go to the sea. But there is a lonely beach I know where I can ride along on a horse and have the beach to myself. It is only one hour's drive away.

I live in a little wooden house on top of a foothill of my home mountain which is Pirongia. When we came here, it was an empty windblown, sunscorched paddock, with not a tree on it and hardly a bird in sight. Now it has native trees where the birds live happily, dozens of fruit trees which feed them (and me), roses and shady corners, where Phoebe the cat lurks and hunts for mice, rats, rabbits and birds. Its all a bit wild and unkempt but the views are beautiful, the cycling environment is perfect, and it suits us fine.

I also keep five ginger chooks who give us more eggs than we can eat so we share them with my little elderly mother who lives in Te Awamutu nearby. We have created their own little separate private chook paradise for them to live in and this may be why they lay so many eggs. It has a fence around it to keep them in and they have an oak tree, several fruit trees, a shrubbery, a wilderness area, a little wooden house of their own, lovely mountain views, sweeping lawns, spacious dustbaths, roses peeping through their fence, bluebells in springtime and other flowers. They also have a servant (me) who feeds them and does their housework and gardening and mows their lawns. They could easily fly out, over their fence if they wanted to, but they're not that stupid.

Lifestory:

Born as Tui Saies in 1952 in Te Awamutu which is the home town, where the grandparents just about ran the place through the thirties and forties and maybe the twenties, not sure. Father Pete Saies (returned WW2 soldier) died when I was 6 by which time the family was living on Waiheke Island.There were three of us and another on the way when a heart attack killed him at age 37.

Moved back to Te Awamutu after that but he is buried on the Island.

Mother remarried to sailor Jack Allen a year later (returned WW2 navy sailor and navigating officer on the ship Limbourne that was torpedoed by the Germans and sunk in the English channel)) and we moved to Auckland and all us kids followed in his footsteps to become good little Auckland yachties. He also taught my mother to become an excellent sailor. He was a teacher and a sailor so we were all well taught by a great stepdad who was one of the best sailors in Auckland. Another brother arrived, Mike. Jack had an older son, John, by his previous marriage so there were six of us. John, Peter, Tui, Joe, Joy, Mike. He legally adopted all his step-children so I became Tui Allen.

Rode horses a lot as a young girl in my teens, on various relative's farms mainly.

I grew up and trained as a teacher and taught primary school kids for about a hundred years.It was a weird career as I specialised in relief teaching so must have taught a zillion kids.Relieving meant I kept my freedom and did not get tied down.Worked mainly on Auckland's North Shore while living in Northcote through eighties and nineties.

1973 married Bill Simpson and became Tui Simpson (3rd surname by age 20). Bill was a boatbuilder and sailor so we lived on the boat for a year and a half and sailed around the Pacific. She was the beautiful little wooden H28 design, traditional yacht Patricia. Carvel planked and sloop rigged. First we sailed to the Kermadecs and hadYacht Patricia arriving at Raoul Island in 1973 adventures there. The photo at the right shows the boat arriving at Boat Cove on Raoul Island. (click to see the complete picture.) The photo was taken by the guys on the island who had not had visitors in a long time. They treated us like royalty.Then we sailed up through the Tonga group to Vava'u and then north to American Samoa, sailed around the Samoa group awhile including American and Western Samoa. Sailed north to Wallis Island and then down from north to southish through the Fiji group and into Suva and did some sailing in the Kandavu area. Sailed home to NZ with just Bill and I on board by then. An adventurous time, with many good stories to tell and looking back we were not so much lucky as very skilled and smart to survive it.

It was not an easy life; we went everywhere under sail as our engine never worked, but we made it through many storms in our tiny boat when others failed in much bigger, more expensive ones, and we came through it all as tougher humans with a lot of fantastic memories.

Came face to face with a lot of cetaceans out there on the blue and spent the long night watches wondering what they thought about. I decided they must think a lot about the stars because stars begin to dominate your thinking,Tui Allen inside the Yacht Patricia in 1973 when you are out at sea. I loved sailing and was never happier than when the breeze blew, the sails filled, water was sliding by under the keel, and we were on the way from somewhere to somewhere else. Preferred sailing in the Hauraki Gulf to anywhere I saw in the tropics. Photo at right is an oldie of me in 1973 during our voyages. I am peering out of the for'd berth. You can see the beams of the foredeck behind me. I had to lie down because you could hardly even sit in there without banging your head. Patricia did not have full headroom, but we loved her all the more for the grace and strength her low cabin profile allowed her.

Had two kids in the early 1980s, Leith and Heather. Split from Bill in 1990. Went back to my maiden name Tui Allen. Got together with Digi-Boy (Jeff Tucker) in 1991. Jeff and I were keen runners for years and then morphed gradually into triathletes and did Ironman together in 1996 in Auckland.

While the kids were growing up, I lived in a house next door to Bill, so kids could have easy access to both parents. They used to sniff outside each kitchen window before deciding where to eat for dinner.

Mid-nineties saw me discover computers and specially the internet which became my native environment. Started Tuiscope, my little web design business. (Still going) Moved out of Auckland in the year 2000 to start the new millenium back here in the Waikato which is my real home. Jeff and I built our little wooden house here on Bagnall's Hill Te Pahu. Still living here beside my mountain Pirongia which I can see out my window as I write this.

Taught for three years at Pirongia School. Since being in the Waikato Jeff and I have gradually concentrated more on cycling and less on other sports though I went through a brief multi-sport phase including kayaking. Waikato is a cyclist's paradise so we ride on-road and off-road as much as poss and all our friends are cyclists from the TeTui Allen riding her mountain bike over a stream in 2010 Awamutu roadie cycling club, the H-town MTB club, The WAMOs (Waipa) MTB club and the great and glorious PAIN-TRAIN (Il Treno Dolore) who ride on or off road and eat pancakes by the truckload.

Left is a picture of me taken by a friend on a PainTrain ride on 21st November 2010. If you want to see what the gleeful grin is for, click to see the complete picture. We were in the bush in the hills behind Whangamata.

Our house is often called the Pain-train Base Camp because this is where they come to eat pancakes and it is close to the summit of the local Everest, which is Pirongia.

Have always been a writer producing children's stories in dozens. Some have been published by School Journals, Shortland Publications, and Mallinson Rendel. Some languish on my hard drive or in my filing cabinet. Also write articles for newspapers and magazines mostly on sports topics.

Wrote the first draft of Ripple in 2009. I had written the story before in many previous ways, including a very short poetic form, but Ripple did not become a novel until 09. In 2010 I worked on the 2nd draft, while also doing the Advanced Fiction Course, through the Creative Hub in Auckland, (best thing I ever did) There I met up with a bunch of talented writers who hit it off together from the start and inter-acted very much like the Inklings, of Tolkien and CS Lewis fame. We call ourselves the Rogues. Lets hope we all become as successful as the Inklings did.

In 2011 Ripple passed her professional assessment and was then edited by Raymond Huber and submitted to various publishers. A fantasy publisher in the US accepted her for publication but the contract was so much in favour of the publisher, I decided not to sign. This was the catalyst for me to self-publish and so Ripple was published as a kindle e-book on Amazon in September 2011. A few weeks later, at the request of family and friends, I published her as a print book via Amazon's Createspace.
I thought the print version was mainly just to please family and friends but have been amazed at how well the print book has sold. I've sold it directly to readers, in various settings and it has also sold from Amazon itself. We even put copies in the local Paper-Plus bookshop and it sold amazingly well and and stock had to be replenished.

The reviews coming in from around the world have shown me that readers are responding to the story just as I always hoped and dreamed they would. It is very wonderful to know that I am no longer the only person in the world who knows the story of Ripple.

I am now working on marketing Ripple (a difficult task for a self published book) and creating a sequel called Rigel's Prayer.

August 2012 Here is a montage of my new grand-daughter.

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