May is the author of two non-fiction books. A Cowherd in Paradise: From China to Canada (2012), offers a glimpse into the lives of a family impacted by Canada’s discriminative immigration laws. City in Colour: Rediscovered Stories of Victoria’s Multicultural Past (2018), is a timely reminder of the importance of immigrants and their contributions to our community.

Born of Chinese immigrants and raised in the diversity of Montreal’s “Main,” May developed a strong social conscience. She has a BA from McGill University and an MPA from the University of Victoria. Her 17-year career in the British Columbia Public Service and various long-time volunteer activities, centred on improving the lives of those in need. She is a founding member (2005) of the Mazatlan Writers Group and is a member of the Canadian Authors Association.

Retired since 2004, May and her husband enjoy travelling and exploring different cultures. In addition to chronicling the lives of “ordinary people,” May shares the art of creation by hand, including cooking, sewing, knitting, drawing, and painting. At age 59, May started training in Kenpo Karate; she earned her 1st degree Black Belt in 2018.