Touched by the Gift of Goodwill
Author of the acclaimed children’s picture book Let’s Play Ball, is the mother of two adult children and aunt to twenty-three nieces and nephews, including ten great-nieces and great-nephews. MM is a former teacher and university lecturer. She has also worked extensively in marketing and communications with varied businesses, including Walt Disney’s Buena Vista Records, as well as several non-profits.
MM lives in a picturesque northern California town where she enjoys writing, caring for her West Highland terriers, Pip & Peaches and tending to her rose garden. MM’s favorite roses, in her garden, are Bubble Gum, Oh My, Popcorn, White Licorice, and Mr. Bluebird.
Deborah Wynne created the companion CD of songs to accompany Wishapick. Wynne’s extensive musical talents lie in choral singing and song composition. Her musical projects include the 2013 album, Strands of Gold and the 2007 musical, Moment of Truth.
For many years Deborah sang with the well-known a cappella ensemble, Quire of Voices. She also sang with the female quartet, Champagne. She continues as an active singer and composer in Santa Barbara, CA, where she lives with her husband and their two shelties, Sparkle and Gracie.
MM Allen had a dream. She dreamt that a little being of light was standing outside her front door. The being bent down, cupped its tiny hands and blew its breath through the keyhole. The breath filled her home with an extraordinary, beautiful light. Out of this dream was born Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk; into the land of Wishapick THE 'BREATH OF ALL GOOD THINGS' ENTERED.
MM shared her dream and idea for a story about this little being of light with Deborah Wynne. The first song, Tickety Boo, came to Deborah as if the music was just waiting to be written. MM shared the events and characters of the developing story and song after song came to Deborah.
Wishapick- Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk; born from a dream into a terrific ‘children of all ages’ novel with a highly original plot and delightful characters. Out of the music, inspired by the enchanting story, flowed imaginatively orchestrated melodies and vocals which transpose one into the magical land of Wishapick.