By Christina Pawlak
M. E. May (Michele) lives in the far Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, with her husband, Paul. 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. Her children and five wonderful grandsons all live in central Indiana.
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
At age 50, she finally realized what she wanted to be when she grew up -- 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 her 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 is a member of Mystery Writers of America (including the local chapter MWA Midwest), and Sisters in Crime (Chicagoland and Speed City in Indianapolis) and is Past President of the Sisters in Crime Chicagoland Chapter.
She has written a series of novels involving the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, which she calls 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 was also privileged to have her short story, "Uncle Vito and the Cheerleader" accepted for the Speed City Sisters in Crime for their anthology, Hoosier Hoops and Hijinks, which was released in October 2013. In 2014, 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.