For the past 36 years we have been inventing and marketing consumer products, together, creating more than 50 products with combined sales of more than $100 million. A few examples of our inventions that are still on the market include: Sneaker Balls Air Fresheners for sport shoes and bags (more than 50 million sold); Extra Life Veggie Keepers to double the life of fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator (15 million sold); and our more recent addition, Ballmania Premium Lip Balm, also known in the fashion trade as Twist & Pout, which comes in a fashionably decorated ball that is easy to find in the bottom of a purse or bag. Our customers have included virtually every well-known retail store in the U.S. and around the world.
We sold our design and marketing company in 2005 to free ourselves from the responsibilities of everyday operations. Our plan was to relax, play golf, and help care for Mary Lou’s folks, Bob and Mary Ann Wickens, who were in their late eighties and in declining health at the time. Sadly, Bob died in 2008 at age 90. Mary Ann now lives with us in La Quinta, California, near Palm Springs. She turned 90 on August 22, 2011. What a party!
We thought that stepping away from the company would give us time to relax. Little did we dream that relaxing can also be boring. Nor did we think that we would be starting this exciting new adventure in publishing. But we needed a new challenge and our experience with creating and marketing products (which once included greeting cards) pointed us to publishing. With the exciting new e-books and print-on-demand technologies, we can work from home, care for Mary Ann, have time for a little golf, and keep our date to go to the movies every Friday night. We plan to continue up this path with additional positive new books, such as The Marriage Story, and the ten books In our Love & Realtionship Series.
One of Dennis' hobbies is painting, and when we moved to California, he was inspired by the state flower, the California Poppy, so he painted some for Mary Lou. Friends saw the paintings and encouraged him to market them. But Dennis had already decided to devote his future to publishing and marriage coaching. Then he discovered CafePress.com, where artists could add their designs to products manufactured by CafePress. It turns out to be a perfect compromise. CafePress has applied his creations to a variety of products such as t-shirts, iPhone covers, handbags and much more. Check out his artworks at shop.cafepress.com/dennis-edward-green
We hope you enjoy our books and please let us hear from you!
So very sincerely,
Dennis & Mary Lou Green