Alexandra May was born at RAF Wegberg, West Germany, and was destined to be an author or a musician. She wrote her first full-length prose at 6 and learnt to read music by the age of 8. But coming from an army-style childhood, it was travelling that became her passion in her twenties. Having lived in 5 different countries she finally settled in Portugal and never left.
Ms May is an English young adult and sci-fi author of four books, bringing together the epic saga of a mythic mitochondrial Eve, Halíka Dacomé, and her modern day equivalent, Rose Frost.
Elemental: The First, Elemental: Origin, The Battle for Arcanon Major and Ethandun draw in Alexandra’s love of strong women characters, sci-fi, history, romance and a little warmongering on the side!
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Alex is an ex archer/archery instructor & coach. She first held a bow aged of 12 and fell in love with the sport. She became the youngest Lady Champion at her club Bowmen of Bruntwood, Cheshire when she was 13 and made the Dorset and Wiltshire county team at 16. From 2001 she ran two archery centres in Portugal, teaching all ages and instructing possible future champions. She retired from instructing in 2009 to concentrate on writing.
During her spare time, Alex is a mad rugby union supporter of Bath RFU in the UK and the Crusaders in New Zealand. When the England team play New Zealand all bets are off!
Alex is also a member of Amnesty International, with particular interests in dignity and women’s rights across the globe. She is also a proofreader volunteer for Project Gutenberg, an organisation that helps digitalise old, rare and forgotten books.
Alex’s favourite actors are Tom Hardy and JJ Feild. Only one of these actors was in mind when Alex created her character cast for the first book. Sorry, Tom, but JJ would make an excellent ‘Pritchard’!
Her grandmother’s brother, Frederick, fought in World War 1 but died in 1917 at Salonika. He is buried in the war grave cemetery at Thessaloniki, Greece. He was 17 and lied about his age when volunteering to fight.
Her mother’s cousin was Richard Burton who won a Victoria Cross (VC), the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. She can still recall his mother’s crazy driving!
Both her parents worked for the Ministry of Defence (in UK and overseas).
Her hero is her brother who has fought for the British Army and NATO in all the modern day wars from Bosnia through to Afghanistan.
Ms May lives in the Algarve, Portugal, with her husband, Paul, and three furry children who all have four legs apiece. One dog and two cats!