About the Author

Lyle S. Russell

Lyle Russell is an author, blogger, forester, wildlife educator, and podcast host from Tampa, Florida. He is a member of multiple genealogical societies, with ancestral links in the United States back to the Mayflower landing. He has received multiple awards, including the Bronze Roger Sherman Medal for Outstanding Service to the Sons of the American Revolution, The Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association Arts Award, and the Medal of Merit for Lifesaving from the Boy Scouts of America. He is also the co-founder of Middle Tennessee Raptor Center, a non-profit wildlife rescue that helps injured birds of prey return to the wild.

Lyle began writing in 2014, and received his first professional writing job authoring pop culture articles for That Hashtag Show in 2019. His first novel, titled Code Name: Augustine, is coming soon. In the style of historical fiction authors Bernard Cornwell and Ken Follett, Russell weaves the story of George Washington’s real life attempt to capture Benedict Arnold after he defected to the British Army and put him on trial. Against the background of colonial New England in the midst of the American Revolution, Sergeant Major John Champe and Agent 355 chase Arnold through the colonies to bring him to justice, only to find there is a far worse traitor than Arnold lurking behind the scenes. Code Name: Augustine is due out in Summer of 2023.

Having experienced multiple unexplained encounters that can only be described as paranormal, he also launched his breakout podcast, Tennessee Ghosts and Legends in 2022. The podcast focuses on strange tales and true historical legends from in and around the Volunteer State. Listeners can enjoy TN G&L on all major podcast platforms, including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, and more.

When he’s not writing, blogging, or creating podcasts, Lyle enjoys woodworking, reading, hiking and falconry. He lives and writes in the heart of Middle Tennessee.

What People Are Saying:

“Lyle’s writing is a great gift to the world. All he has to do now is finish one of his many tales and get it published!”

John Robinson, author and purveyor of curiomacabre.com.

“You’re amazingly talented and always a surprise!”

Mary Jane Miller, Author of “Life Lessons from the Hive