Anne Lyle was born in what is popularly known as â€œRobin Hood Countryâ€, and grew up fascinated by English history, folklore, and swashbuckling heroes. Unfortunately there was little demand in 1970s Nottinghamshire for diminutive swordswomen, so she studied sensible subjects like science and languages instead.
It appears, however, that although you can take the girl out of Sherwood Forest, you canâ€™t take Sherwood Forest out of the girl. She now spends practically every spare hour writing â€“ or at least planning â€“ fantasy fiction about dashing swordsmen and scheming spies, set in imaginary pasts or parallel worlds.
Her particular obsession is Elizabethan England, so it helps that she now lives in a city full of medieval and Tudor buildings where the cattle browse on the common land much as they did in Shakespeareâ€™s London. She prides herself on being able to ride a horse, sew a sampler and cut a quill pen but hasnâ€™t the least idea how to drive one of those new-fangled automobile thingies.
Paradoxically she is a big fan of 21st century technology, being a Mac geek and full-time web developer. Well, itâ€™s the nearest thing you can get to magic in our own universeâ€¦