M. E. May
M. E. May (Michele) lives in the far Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, with her husband, Paul and her adorable dog, Katniss. She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, the fourth of five children to working class parents. Both of her parents were avid readers who loved mystery, fantasy, science fiction and romance. They often encouraged her to read as well. She has a son and a daughter, four grandsons, and four great grandchildren.
Michele attended Indiana University-Kokomo studying Social and Behavioral Sciences. This sparked her interest in the psychology of humans and the curiosity to ask why they commit such heinous crimes upon one another.
At age 50, she finally realized what she wanted to be when she grew up -- become an author. She always knew she had it in her, but was never quite sure how to fit writing in with raising children and working full-time. In 2008, her wonderful husband discovered she had this dream and suggested she take a year off to get started. The children were grown and had been on their own for several years now, so why not?
Michele joined several organizations including Mystery Writers of America, the Chicago Writers Association and Sisters in Crime. As a member of the Sisters in Crime Chicagoland Chapter, Michele held the offices of Secretary, Vice President, and President from 2010-2018.
She has written a series of novels located in her home town which involve the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. She named it the Circle City Mystery Series. The first novel, Perfidy, was honored on February 2, 2013, by colleagues at the Love is Murder Conference in Chicago, where Michele received the 2013 Lovey Award for Best First Novel. There are now five novels in the series; Perfidy, Inconspicuous, Ensconced, Purged and Unscrupulous. Michele is currently working on the sixth and final episode in the series, Enmity, which will be published in 2021.
Michele was also privileged to have her short story, "Uncle Vito and the Cheerleader" accepted the Speed City Sisters in Crime Chapter for their anthology, Hoosier Hoops and Hijinks, which was released in October 2013. In 2014, a representative from Harlequin approached Michele to take a look at the series for their Worldwide Mystery imprint, and offered her contracts to publish the first four novels.