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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michele E. May  

Pen Name: M. E. May

Genre: C:ADULT C:YA Fiction Mystery

Born: 1953 in Indianapolis, IN


Illinois Connection

I moved to Illinois in April 2003 and have been living in Lake in the Hills, Illinois since that time. I started my career in 2008 and living in the Chicagoland area has put me in touch with a lot of great organizations who serve the mystery genre and have boosted my career.

Biographical and Professional Information

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, M. E. (Michele) May now lives near Chicago with her husband, Paul. She has two children and four grandsons living in central Indiana. While studying Social and Behavioral Sciences at Indiana University, she discovered what sorts of things influence human behavior and found her talent for writing. Michele created the ''Circle City Mystery Series'' to showcase her hometown as well as give her readers great crime thrillers. The first novel in the series, ''Perfidy'' won the 2013 Lovey Award for Best First Novel. The second, ''Inconspicuous'', was nominated for the 2014 Lovey Award for Best Suspense. The third and fourth novels in the series, ''Ensconced'' and ''Purged'' were released in 2014. One of her short stories, “Uncle Vito and the Cheerleader,” is featured in the anthology, ''Hoosier Hoops and Hijinks''.

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-- *2013 Lovey Award for Best First Novel, ''Perfidy''