Peggy Cleaves


As Interviewed by: Lucy Sugawa, March 17, 2017
"There were bloody bodies, dead people lying around on the campus."
Peggy Cleaves

Introductory Profile: About Peggy Cleaves

In 1966, english major Peggy Cleaves was taking a summer course at the university of Texas at austin. It was a scorching hot day, and nothing seemed out of the ordinary. But at noon, the first major shooting in the united states began. She was warned by a heroic janitor to go inside as she exited the building. She retreated to the basement, where she waited, only able to wait to pass the time, unsure of what would happen. She witnessed firsthand the reactions of many different people in times of extreme stress, or life-threatening situations. There was chaos everywhere, everyone in a frenzy, until that fateful day ended, so many individuals dead or injured, including some of Peggy’s friends.

This experience has continued to stick with Peggy throughout her life. We hear about shootings all the time, but often don’t think too much about them. She does. Every time she hears about a shooting, she relives that day.

Peggy is an author, mother, and grandmother. She currently resides in Corpus Christi, Texas, where she writes her novels under the name Ann Major.