Peggy Sullivan is a licensed mental health counselor, relationship and children's expert, mother, and lover of cats. She retired from Okanogan County Juvenile Department after serving as the staff guardian ad litem, court services manager and CASA program director. She now has a private mental health counseling practice in the Fairhaven Historic District of Bellingham, Washington. She makes her home in a cozy cottage amidst old growth cedar trees with her two Russian Blue cat sisters.
Love Prescription was written after helping people get divorced for 16 years. Peggy saw what the problems were after advocating for over 200 children in custody cases and reviewing piles of parenting plans. At the same time, she was taking workshops on successful relationships and observing what worked with successful couples. After retiring from Okanogan County Juvenile Court, she started a private practice with a focus on relationships.
Blissfully Single was written for the single people who want to live just as happily ever after as the couples. It was a two year process to interview 100 single people about how they find happiness. Their input was then combined with counseling techniques from positive psychology and cognitive behavioral therapy to provide an interactive experience. Readers are given ample opportunity to explore themselves and plan for new ways of doing things, while completing excercises. Adaptations for living a joyful single life during a pandemic are also given.
Midnight and Moonight was written originally in 1987 for Peggy's children as a fun story about her children's cats. She tested it at a reading for her daughter's kindergarten class. The original was written on a typewriter with drawings done in black ink. Peggy wanted to share this story with more children because of its potent universal message that diversity disappears within friendships.
Peggy discovered that writing for children was fun. It is a challenge to tell a story in a few words with rhythm and humor and keep to a simple message. With The Moon and Star, her cat stories became a series. Star was also a beloved family cat. She weighed a bare five pounds but was full of energy and a trooper as she accompanied Peggy's daughter Ann to the University of Eugene, where Ann ran hurdles and participated in the PAC 10 heptathalon. While there, Star's best friend, Willie, disappeared. We think he found another home because he was a super friendly cat and he did come back once only to leave again. Star moved to several homes in Eugene and went back and forth with Ann whenever she returned home. Eventually they moved to Bellingham where they lived in three different homes, including Peggy's cottage in the woods. Star insisted in going outside at night even though it was dangerous for a tiny white cat in the woods. When Peggy learned that Star's favorite thing to do was to sit and stare at Moon, she knew what this book would be about. With all her good days and bad days, Star had discovered the power of finding something beautiful to focus on. Mindfulness is not just for cats.
Tevye the Magical Theater Cat, Peggy's third cat book, is based on the story of her son and daughter-in-law's cat. Tevye showed up during a performance of Fiddler on the Roof at the Bellingham Theatre Guild. The story tells how theater changes people and creates family. It literally created a family for Tevye, because Rachel found her and took her home. Peggy hopes this book will be an introduction to children about community theater and a celebration of community theater for those who love it as much as she does. Donations from the proceeds will be given to community theaters.