Alison May

Alison May is a novelist and short story writer and a former Chair of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. She currently writes romantic comedies as Ally Sinclair and is published by Hera/Canelo. Alison has been shortlisted in both the Love Stories and Romantic Novel of the Year awards. Along with Janet Gover, Alison also writes reinterpretations of misunderstood classic novels, under the penname Juliet Bell.

Alison is also qualified teacher with a degree in Creative Writing and, as well as working one to one with developing novelists, has taught for NAWG, Worcestershire Litfest and the University of Worcester. She is currently an associate lecturer in creative writing with the Open University. Past students and mentoring clients have gone on to achieve agent representation, publication with traditional publishers – including Avon, Boldwood, Bookouture, Fourth Estate, Headline, Head of Zeus and HQ – and to self-publish successfully.

Alison’s books


From Emma-Claire Wilson, author of This Child of Mine:

‘When I had my initial call with Alison, it was clear that mentoring to her was about more than just helping a writer get a book finished, it was about helping equip me with the tools I would need to not only finish my first book, but to enable me to write confidently in the future…’ read more