Sarah Hoyt

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Sarah A. Hoyt
BornSarah D'Almeida
November 18, 1962
Granja, Águas Santas, Maia near Porto, Portugal
Pen nameSarah D'Almeida, Elise Hyatt
GenreScience Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery
Notable awards2011 Prometheus Award

Sarah A. Hoyt is an author who also writes under the names Sarah D'Almeida and Elise Hyatt.


Hoyt was born on November 18, 1962 in the village of Granja, Águas Santas, Maia near Porto, Portugal, a major port city on the Atlantic coast. Educated in both Portugal and the United States, she graduated from University of Porto, with a Master's equivalent in Modern Languages and Literatures with a major in English and a minor in German. She also speaks Swedish, Italian and French, with varying degrees of fluency. Married in 1985 to Dan Hoyt (a science fiction author and mathematician[1]), she has two teenaged sons. She became a United States citizen in 1988 in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a member of Mensa, SFWA, MWA, and RWA. She was the first female member of the Associação Atlética de Aguas Santas (the sports club in Aguas Santas Maia). As of 2016, she lives in Colorado.


Hoyt writes fiction in various genres. Most notably, the first book in her Shakespearean fantasy series,[2] Ill Met by Moonlight[3], was a finalist for the 2002 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award [4] (which was instead won by Lois McMaster Bujold).

Her Musketeers series[5] begins with Death of a Musketeer[6], a Mystery Book Club selection and includes three other titles from Berkley Prime Crime.

Her favourite genre, however, remains science fiction and fantasy, and Hoyt is a prolific writer with dozens of short stories published.[7] Her shapeshifter series[8] include Draw One in the Dark and Gentleman Takes a Chance, urban fantasy adventures[9], from Baen Books. Also from Baen Books is her Darkship series beginning with Darkship Thieves, winner of the Prometheus Award for libertarian science fiction.

The British Empire series[10] takes place in a parallel world, where history from Charlemagne to Queen Victoria parallels ours but is actuated through the workings of magic and not by science and technology. The series consists of three books: Heart of Light, which takes place in Victorian Africa; Soul of Fire, which unfolds in India; and Heart and Soul, which enmeshes itself in the chaos of 19th century China.

Under the house name Laurien Gardner, she has written Plain Jane for Jove Books Historical Fiction. She also edited the anthology Something Magic This Way Comes.

She has also written a series of mysteries centered on furniture refinishing under the pen name of Elise Hyatt. These stories are set in the same city of Goldport, Colorado as her shifter series, with some characters appearing in both series.

More recently, she was featured on a podcast, The Future and You[11]. Produced by Stephen Euin Cobb, the show featured Sarah de Almeida Hoyt, David Drake, Alan Dean Foster, Travis Taylor, and Stephen L Antczak.


Anthologies edited by Sarah A. Hoyt[edit]

  • Something Magic This Way Comes (DAW Books, 2008)

Short story collections[edit]

  • Crawling Between Heaven and Earth (2002)
  • Wings (2008)

Historical romance[edit]

  • Plain Jane (Jove Books Historical Fiction) under the house name Laurien Gardner
  • No Will But His: A Novel of Kathryn Howard (Berkley, 2010)

Shakespearean Fantasy series[edit]

  • Ill Met by Moonlight (Ace Books, 2001)
  • All Night Awake (Ace Books, 2002)
  • Any Man So Daring (Ace Books, 2003)

Shifter series[edit]

  • Draw One in the Dark (Baen Books, 2006)
  • Gentleman Takes a Chance (Baen Books, 2008)
  • Noah's Boy (Baen Books, 2013)
  • Night Shifters (omnibus includes Draw One in the Dark and Gentleman Takes a Chance) (Baen Books, 2014)

Musketeers series (as Sarah D'Almeida)[edit]

  • Death of a Musketeer (Berkley Prime Crime, 2006)
  • The Musketeer's Seamstress (Berkley Prime Crime, 2007)
  • The Musketeer's Apprentice (Berkley Prime Crime, 2007)
  • A Death in Gascony (Berkley Prime Crime, 2008)
  • Dying by the Sword (Berkley, 2008)

Magical British Empire series[edit]

  • Heart of Light (Bantam Dell, 2008)
  • Soul of Fire (Bantam Dell, 2008)
  • Heart and Soul (Bantam Dell, 2008)

Magical Empires series[edit]

  • Witchfinder (Goldport Press, 2014)

Darkship series[edit]

Furniture Refinishing mystery series (as Elise Hyatt)[edit]

  • Dipped, Stripped, and Dead (Berkley, 2009)
  • French Polished Murder (Berkley, 2010)
  • A Fatal Stain (Berkley, 2012)

Short stories[edit]

  • "Where Horse and Hero Fell" (Places to Be, People to Kill, June 5, 2007)
  • "The Blood of Dreams" (The Secret History of Vampires, April 3, 2007)
  • "With Unconfined Wings" (Cosmic Cocktails, December 5, 2006)
  • "Girl With the Golden Lute" (Weird Tales, June 2006)
  • "Titan" (Children of Magic, June 6, 2006)
  • "Hot" (Slipstreams, May 2, 2006)
  • "Stock Management" (Modern Magic, April 25, 2006)
  • "Go Tell the Spartans" (Millennium 3001, February 7, 2006)
  • "Change of Heart" (Crossroads, December 6, 2005), with Kate Paulk
  • "Super Lamb Banana" (Time After Time, November 1, 2005)
  • "Something Worse Hereafter" (All Hell Breaking Loose, October 4, 2005)
  • "Lost" (Chronicle, October 2005)
  • "Fox Fire" (Illuminated Manuscripts, September 2005)
  • "Unnatural History" (Bedlam's Edge, August 2, 2005)
  • "Sea of Darkness" (Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunnits v.3, June 23, 2005)
  • "Wait Until the War is Over" (Gateways, June 7, 2005)
  • "Sugarbush Soul" (Absolute Magnitude, Spring 2005)
  • "Around the World in 80 Letters" (Mammoth Book of New Jules Verne Adventures, March 12, 2005), with Kevin J. Anderson
  • "After the Sabines" (Amazing, March, 2005)
  • "Ganymede" (Oceans of the Mind, Summer 2004)
  • "Yellow Tide Foam" (Faerie Tales, May 1, 2004)
  • "What She Left Behind" (Asimov's, March, 2004)
  • "Wings" (Paradox, Autumn 2003)
  • "The Blonde" (Book of Final Flesh, July 15, 2003)
  • "Traveling, Traveling" (Analog, July/August 2003)
  • "Never Look Back" (Weird Tales, Winter 2002)
  • "The Muse's Darling" (Apprentice Fantastic, November 2002)
  • "For Whose Dear Sake" (Dreams of Decadence, Summer 2002)
  • "The Play and the Thing" (Fantastic Stories, Winter 2001)
  • "Trafalgar Square" (Analog, November 2001)
  • "The Blood Like Wine" (Dreams of Decadence, Autumn 2001)
  • "Dear John" (Absolute Magnitude, Summer, 2001)
  • "Songs" (Weird Tales, Spring 2001)
  • "Another George" (Dark Regions, Winter 2000)
  • "If I Lose Thee..." (Star Trek: Strange New Worlds III', May 1, 2000), Grand Prize Winner with Rebecca Lickiss
  • "Elvis Died for Your Sins" (Weird Tales, April 2000)
  • "Like Dreams of Waking" (Dark Regions, Summer 1999)
  • "Not For Thee the Glow" (Pirate Writings, now Fantastic Stories, Summer 1999)
  • "Plaudit Cives" (Absolute Magnitude, Summer 1998)
  • "Thirst" (Dreams of Decadence, Summer 1997)
  • "Whom the Gods Love" (Transhuman: On the Edge of the Singularity)
  • "Heart's Fire" (Enchantment Place)
  • "The Price of Gold" (Witch High)
  • "A Grain of Salt" (Better Off Undead)
  • "Scraps of Fog" (Jim Baen's Universe)


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  2. ^ "Sarah A. Hoyt's Shakespearean Fantasy Series". Oct 28, 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-10-28. Retrieved Mar 26, 2019.
  3. ^ "IMBM Front". Oct 28, 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-10-28. Retrieved Mar 26, 2019.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-08-22. Retrieved 2006-09-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Sarah D'Almeida's Musketeers Mysteries". Oct 28, 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-10-28. Retrieved Mar 26, 2019.
  6. ^ "Excerpt from Death of a Musketeer". Oct 28, 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-10-28. Retrieved Mar 26, 2019.
  7. ^ "Credits for Sarah A. Hoyt". Oct 28, 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-10-28. Retrieved Mar 26, 2019.
  8. ^ "Sarah A. Hoyt's Shifter Series". Aug 26, 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-08-26. Retrieved Mar 26, 2019.
  9. ^ "Excerpt from Death of a Musketeer". Oct 28, 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-10-28. Retrieved Mar 26, 2019.
  10. ^ "Sarah A. Hoyt's Magical British Empire Series". Oct 28, 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-10-28. Retrieved Mar 26, 2019.
  11. ^ "The Future And You". Retrieved Mar 26, 2019.

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