Tui Allen was born in 1952 in Te Awamutu, an inland town in the Waikato region of New Zealand. At age six catastrophe transformed her family. After a year of turmoil, she spent the rest of her childhood growing up in a large his/hers/theirs family of “typical Auckland yachties.”
Her first marital home was a small classic sailing boat in which she sailed the South Pacific. There she came face to face with the cetaceans who influenced her life.
Approaching her fifties she felt the pull of home and returned to the Waikato to live in the countryside near the town of her birth, the perfect environment for the cycling she now enjoys.
She has worked at motherhood, teaching, web design and writing and has published children’s picture books, poetry and stories as well as many web sites. Ripple was her first novel.