Tam May grew up in the United States and earned her B.A. and M.A in English. She worked as an English college instructor and EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher before she became a full-time writer. She started writing when she was fourteen, and writing became her voice. She writes historical fiction that examines characters in the social and psychological contexts of their time. Her first book, a collection of contemporary short stories was published in 2017 and nominated for a Summer Indie Book Award. A revised and expanded second edition of this book was published under the title Lessons From My Mother’s Life in 2020 and reached #1 on Amazon in the Historical Fiction Short Stories category.
She is currently working on a historical family saga titled The Waxwood Series. Set in Northern California in the 1890’s, the series explores crumbling family relationships in the midst of the revolutionary changes and shifting values of America’s Gilded Age. The central focus of the series is the Alderdices, an aristocratic San Francisco family. The first book of the series, The Specter, came out in June of 2019. The second book, False Fathers, is also now available. Book 3 and Book 4 will be out in 2020.
Tam also writes historical mystery fiction and is also working on a series titled The Paper Chase Mysteries. Set in Northern California at the turn of the 20th century, the series features amateur sleuth and stationary shop owner Adele Gossling, a product and rebel of her time — young, progressive, and independent, one of the century’s New Women.
She lives in Texas but calls San Francisco and the Bay Area “home”. When she’s not writing, she’s reading classic literature and historical fiction, watching classic films, or cooking up awesome vegetarian dishes.
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