Tam May

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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 14, 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 nominated for a 2017 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 debuted at #1 on Amazon in the Historical Fiction Short Stories category. She is currently working on a Gilded Age family saga. The f

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Character vs. Plot Puzzles: The Two Sides of My Fictional World

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Last week, I announced in a live Facebook post on my author page that I’m exploring new directions with my fiction. I also created a Coming Soon page on my website with more details about what I’m doing and why and what readers can expect in the future.

Right now, I’m primarily focusing on a gen

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"Read this book and enjoy a show of illusions! Be enchanted in a circus like no other in the norm of the old century!

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