Alison May was born and raised in North Yorkshire, but now lives in Worcester with one husband, no kids and no pets. There were goldfish once. That ended badly. She studied History and Creative Writing and worked as a waitress, a shop assistant, a learning adviser, an advice centre manager and a freelance trainer, before settling on ‘making up stories’ as an entirely acceptable grown-up career plan; she is also an experienced creative writing tutor. In 2012 Alison won the RNA’s Elizabeth Goudge Trophy, and her novella Cora’s Christmas Kiss was shortlisted for a Love Stories award in 2015 and a Romantic Novelists’ Association RoNA Rose in 2016. She is also one half of Juliet Bell.
Her latest novel, All That Was Lost, is a stylishly written story of grief, love, loss and the narratives we construct for our own lives, which will appeal to fans of Maeve Binchy and Dorothy Koomson, due in September 2018 from Legend Press.