Lubbock author, Tam May learned to bloom wherever she was planted. Having been born in Israel, she grew up in the United States, but through a random and serendipitous turn of events quickly realized how easily life’s unpredictable detours provide a different path for us to follow. In a journey outside of her control, May gathered lessons, preserving them in a series of fictional stories about women whose past experiences, fantasies, dreams, self-analysis and feelings set the tone for the future.
Her recently released work, “Gnarled Bones and Other Stories” explores five tales of loss, fear and guilt that show how the past leaves its shadowy mark on the present and beyond. A newly divorced woman goes back to school to begin a new chapter of her life only to find herself circling back to where she started. A woman and her friends spend a day at the circus, but the innocent fun mingles childhood nostalgia with brutal fear. A woman ventures out of her isolated apartment one quiet Saturday afternoon to an art exhibit that leaves an unrealized imprint on her psyche. A middle-aged violinist reveals the mystery behind his declining artistic powers to a stranger on a train. May writes dark psychological fiction about characters from the inside out that are ominously tinged in shades of Jung, women’s history, Anais Nin and Jane Bowles. There are no happy endings in May’s stories, perhaps because life itself never offers a happy ending.
Having been a writer since age 14, it was a fitting step to obtain both a B.A. and M.A. in English, while working as an English college instructor and EFL teacher. Ultimately, she took a great leap of faith to become a full-time writer. She originally applied for graduate school in the Bay Area, which she considers her home, but when her father was offered a temporary professorship at Texas Tech University, she followed and remained.
Currently, May is working simultaneously on a number of projects. The first is the “Waxwood Series,” about the crumbling relationships of the wealthy San Francisco Alderdice family that will be released in 2018. The second is the “House of Masks,” a product of National Novel Writing Month.
You may read more about Tam May at her blog: http://tammayauthor.com/ or her Dream Book Blog at https://thedreambook.wordpress.com/ where she writes about psychological reality and dreams. You can purchase her writings on Amazon.
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By Carol Morgan