As a child, Penelope May spent a lot of time in her head, telling herself adventure stories. At the High School of Music and Art in New York City, she wrote a story that was published in the school year book, and helped write the senior play. Always an avid reader of fiction, at Oberlin College she concentrated on sculpture, and at Columbia University on film. She worked at the Harvard Center for Cognitive Studies as a filmmaker, and later moved to New Hampshire to make independent films. To keep life interesting, she indulged in safe adventures, such as long runs and swimming in the cold Atlantic ocean.
In her early forties, Penelope undertook the great adventure of being a single adoptive parent. She switched from filmmaking to a more reliable career in software development, and eventually created a transracial family with two wonderful sons. When her kids were young and went to bed early, she spent her evenings writing a transgender science fiction story that was never intended for publication. Now that her sons are grown and no longer at home, she has the great good fortune of uninterrupted time to write.
Penelope’s first project for publication, “Appointment with Unreality,” was begun in the unknown, from a premise that had lurked in her mind for several decades. In this project, she credits the Muses with the major task of invention, and is thankful for a group of readers who let her know if she was on the right track. The project was an opportunity to develop her craft, from writing a fast-moving novella to adding the deeper layers of a novel.
These days, Penelope chooses the adventures of writing, being in the unknown, and exploring a path of sacred healing.