All about

Elizabeth May

The Short Version

Elizabeth May is the author of the YA fantasy trilogy The Falconer (The Falconer, The Vanishing Throne, The Fallen Kingdom). She was born and raised in California before moving to Scotland, where she earned her PhD in Anthropology at the University of St Andrews. She currently resides in Edinburgh, Scotland, with her husband and two cats.

The Long Version

Elizabeth May is the author of the The Falconer Trilogy (The Falconer, The Vanishing ThroneThe Fallen Kingdom). Her work has been published in ten countries, and was an Indie Next Pick, an Amazon Book of the Month, a Green Mountain Book Award nominee, and a Scholastic Reading Club pick.

She grew up outside of Los Angeles, where she spent most of her early years dragging books from the library to dinner tables, restaurants, classrooms, and family vacations. Eventually, she tried telling her own stories, writing about people in places she had never been to, but longed to see.

With writing came her love for travelling. Elizabeth went to the rugged landscapes of New Zealand, the coral reefs of Australia, the plains of Canada, thirty-nine US states, and briefly stopped in Vermont to earn her BA at Marlboro College. One day she landed in the United Kingdom, fell in love with Scotland, and decided that was where she belonged.

Inspired by the mysterious, dark, winding alleyways of Edinburgh and the fairy legends of Scotland, Elizabeth wrote her debut novel, The Falconer. One summer, she finished editing the book, held her breath, and sent it out into the world. The Falconer was published two years later.

After earning her PhD at the University of St. Andrews, Elizabeth committed to writing full time. When she isn’t trekking around the Scottish Highlands, hiking mountains and taking photos, she’s imagining stories about complicated girls and writing them down. Elizabeth lives in Edinburgh with her husband and two cats.

5 Random Things

1. She penned 9 unpublished manuscripts before finally writing The Falconer, her debut novel.
2. Incidentally, she wrote The Falconer three times to get it right before seeking publication.
3. Her degrees are in anthropology, and her speciality is folklore. Which comes in handy when writing about Scottish faeries.
4. Her photography has been published on an array of book covers and in magazines.
5. She wrote her first book at the age of 12, a terrible, messy manuscript about a half-vampire with amnesia. She hasn’t been able to stop writing novels since.