By day, Dianne May could have been any other mom – ushering her young sons to hockey or the orthodontist, helping out at Davidson Elementary, maybe riding her horse, Victoria, that she keeps on her family’s property on Shearer Road.But at night, May lived a double life. Between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m., when other mothers were dreaming, May was hunkered down in the quiet darkness and wrote a book. “Wynter’s Horizon” was published this past winter by Evernight Publishing, and May has made the rounds at several area book clubs, talking about the process. A former attorney who has kept her license updated, May was a writer long before she practiced law. A lifelong equestrienne, May (who writes under the pen name Dee C. May) began penning stories about horses when she was 8 years old. Her love of reading led the Old Brookville, N.Y., native to study history at Connecticut College. Though she originally planned to be a veterinarian she said an undergraduate biology class changed her mind. May then studied law at Albany Law School, Union University. She moved to the Lake Norman area in 2000, and began writing her book over a year ago. It was on those quiet nights that she sat down at her computer and voiced the story she said had been in her head for years. “Wynter’s Horizon” is about “a distraught college girl and reclusive assassin, both running from sordid pasts, (who) find love and redemption amid turmoil and trauma caused by a sadistic ex-boyfriend and a comrade hellbent on vengeance,” said May. Long influenced by the works of Anne Rice, May has incorporated supernatural elements into the story. “I think one of the things I love most is taking a scene from my mind and recreating it on paper (or computer screen) and then re-reading it, tweaking it (many times) and getting a finished product that says what I’ve been thinking and feeling,” said May. “If I can transpose the scene in my head with all the emotion I envision, then I really feel like I’ve accomplished something.” May worked at night since she felt that was the time where she was most focused and least distracted: “I love sitting just me and my computer, iTunes playing, writing late at night, the house quiet, no distractions, nobody wanting anything. It’s my sanctuary. Through words, I can be anybody and be anywhere. That’s the beauty of writing.” Since the book’s publication, it’s become fairly common to see someone at the pool or in the car-rider line at Davidson Elementary with a copy, and May is overwhelmed by the support. “These last few weeks have been awesome and really show you the (type of) community Davidson is, because so many people have stopped me to ask about my book and where they can get it, and word has spread like wildfire,” she said. “And though one always hopes for commercial success it means as much to have the support of peers and friends and I’m really grateful for it. I have had people tell me they read the book in 24 hours, or stayed up late reading, and as a writer that’s pretty darn amazing to hear. I couldn’t have asked for more.”
Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2013
Davidson mom’s late-night writing yields novel
Learn more: “Wynter’s Horizon” is available at Main Street Books in Davidson, as well as on Amazon and barnesandnoble.com. If you are interested in having May attend your book club, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy Reiss is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Amy? Email her at Dnareiss@yahoo.com.
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