“The heartwarming story of a writer’s discovery that the aging process – and life in general – can be tragic and wonderous, all at once.”

~ Kirkus Reviews

Blanche Murninghan is up against
land-grabbing goons on Santa Maria Island.
A murder. And a hurricane … How can so
many things go so wrong, so fast?

Coming in 2020, first in the new mystery
series from Light Messages Publishing.

Short Stories

Winner of Two Eric Hoffer Awards.


Life is crazy enough, but when Nancy Nau Sullivan suddenly finds herself raising two children, grappling with her mother’s death, and caring for her ailing father while at the same time navigating a contentious divorce and dealing with long-simmering sibling rivalries, she wonders how she can keep herself sane.

Things get even more complicated when her siblings accuse her of “kidnapping” their father and carting him – and his cadillac – off to Anna Maria Island, Florida, where they are greeted by Hurricane Josephine. In this gripping memoir, Sullivan guides the reader through the chaotic whirlwind of unexpected and unwanted change and offers a common sense and humerous guide to surviving family relationships.

Nancy Nau Sullivan

Born in San Francisco, Nancy grew up in the Midwest and worked in publishing in New York following graduation from college. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Marquette University and was an editor and writer at newspapers in the Midwest. She later taught English at a boy’s prison, in Argentina, and in the Peace Corps in Mexico.

The Last Cadillac: A Memoir (Amphorae Publishing Group, Walrus 2016) is her first book. Her new mystery series debuts June, 2020, with Saving Tuna Street. She is also working on The Boys of Alpha Block about a planned escape from a juvenile prison. She lives in Northwest Indiana.