Anne Lyle

Award-shortlisted fantasy author

Anne Lyle was born in what is popularly known as “Robin Hood Country”, and grew up fascinated by English history, folklore, and swashbuckling heroes. She is the author of the award-nominated Elizabethan fantasy novel The Alchemist of Souls and its two sequels, and is currently working on a new series set in a world of shapestealers, monsters and ancient magics!

Awards And Nominations
  • 2013 - Sydney J Bounds (shortlisted)

    The British Fantasy Society Award for Best Newcomer. View shortlist


I'm very much a discovery writer, and spend a lot of time getting to know my characters and trying out plot ideas before settling on a final version of a book. This is a hopelessly inefficient process, but it's the only way I know how to write!


My favourite authors, in no particular order, are: Terry Pratchett, Lynn Flewelling, Scott Lynch, Elizabeth Bear, Joe Abercrombie, Lois McMaster Bujold, Tim Powers, Jane Austen.


I've always loved art, but hated art lessons at school. My favourite mediums are ink-and-wash (especially with Daniel Smith watercolours) and coloured pencils, of which I have far, far too many!


You can find me on Ravelry as 'redfox-knits' - I enjoy knitting socks and talking about pens and planners (and writing) on the forums.


I grew up on classic 70s TV: Doctor Who, Blake's Seven, reruns of Star Trek. Nowadays you're more likely to find me on Netflix, binge-watching the new season of Lucifer, or picking up the latest MCU blu-ray for movie night.


The first computer game I played was Zork on an Apple II, which dates me! Writing doesn't give me much time for video games any more, but I do try to sneak in a few hours of Assassin's Creed now and then...
Interviews and guest appearances
  • The Skiffy and Fanty Show (Nov 2017)

    Discussing Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga: #4: The Vor Game

  • The Skiffy and Fanty Show: Ep 226

    Interview (October 2014)

  • The Book Club

    Interview (January 2013)

  • Roundtable Podcast: Ep 17

    Interview (June 2012)