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Sally Collins

Sally Collins is a librarian at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Sturgeon Bay. She’s a former Arts & Entertainment editor and writer for Peninsula Pulse and Door County Living, currently a regular freelance writer for both publications. Collins started Cherryland Press LLC in 2021 to publish her first book, Door County Animals. Over time she plans to publish more meaningful, high-quality books that feature and celebrate the Door Peninsula.


Door County Animals

April 2022, Cherryland Press

Meet a few animals who call Door County home in this charming board book featuring
whimsical illustrations and gentle rhymes. The book also features
iconic Door Peninsula
settings and scenery. Created for the 0–4 year old, DOOR COUNTY ANIMALS is a perfect gift for our littlest locals and visitors.


Muddled Cherries  

2024, Ten16 Press

With the crack of a screen door, Emily’s Schmidt’s life is about to change… Born and raised and still living in The Honky Tonk, her dad’s flagging tavern in western Wisconsin, Emily’s tired of the patrons’ mundane conversations, the jukebox’s sad songs, and her dad’s drunken antics. Loyal, but lonely and struggling with an unsettling incident with one of the regulars, she’s secretly planning to pursue her own dreams – like her high school classmates who’ve scattered across the Midwest and Jacob Larsen, the young man passing through on his way to Door County.

But when her world falls apart and she’s nowhere left to turn, Emily journeys across the state in search of work, questioning everything she thought she knew about family, friendship, and love. Hired on the spot at The Schooner, a restaurant on the shore of Lake Michigan, she embarks on a summer she never expected, filled with colorful relationships and unforgettable experiences that force her to grow in ways she never imagined, heal in ways she never knew she needed, and face the unrelenting shadows of the past.


Muddled Cherries is an evocative coming-of-age story about the gravitational power of family, inextricable bonds of sisterhood, and the endless possibilities that arise when you find your own voice, your own way.

Other Works

Since 2008, Sally Collins has written hundreds of pieces for Door County Living and Peninsula Pulse. She’s had the privilege to write about an array of local visual artists – from potters to painters to jewelry-makers; musicians – from Pat Macdonald to Emmylou Harris; and writers – from Michael Perry to Barbara Larsen. She also has written about Door County food, events, nature, curiosities, and more. Her fiction has appeared in the pages of both publications throughout the years – “Cherryland Chapters” was a series she penned in the mid-2010s and “Telling Isabella” was inspired by a painting done by local artist Jan Comstock. If you’d ever like a peek, search ‘Sally Slattery’ or ‘Sally Collins’ at

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