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Rock, Paper, Swords!

Rock, Paper, Swords!

By Matthew Harffy and Steven A. McKay
The Historical Action and Adventure Podcast.

Bestselling authors Matthew Harffy and Steven A. McKay chat about writing action and adventure stories, diving into some of the more quirky and unusual aspects of history, with a detour through music and its role in their process.

Each episode covers different exciting themes, often with brilliant guests who help shed light on what Matthew and Steven have decided to talk about that week.
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Episode 4 - Interview with Robyn / Erin Young, author of The Fields
Author Robyn Young (who also writes modern thrillers as Erin Young) joins Matthew and Steven to discuss writing, pen-names, research and much more, including the forthcoming TV show based on her novel The Fields. 
01:16:05
August 12, 2022
Episode 3 - Great beginnings in novels
Matthew and Steven discuss a handful of action and adventure books (including some of their own!) and how their very first lines/paragraphs draw the reader in. Bernard Cornwell's The Lords of the North  David Gemmell's The Swords of Night and Day Steven A. McKay's Lucia and Rise of the Wolf Matthew Harffy's The Serpent Sword and The Wolf of Wessex Theme music, "Rock, Paper, Swords" © Steven A. McKay and Matthew Harffy. Background music in this episode: "Ambient Sinister" "Towards the Mountains" "Where The Brave May Live Forever"
53:47
July 29, 2022
Episode 2 - Historical weapons and....food?!
In which we chat about anachronisms in historical fiction (food related ones) and general points of interest in the historical culinary field. And then we discuss weapons, including spears, swords, and seaxs. And Steven exclusively reveals the title of his next Warrior Druid of Britain novel! To join in with our giveaway, share our Rock, Paper, Swords! pages on social media and let us know you've done so before the end of July 2022 to be in with a chance of winning the signed books! Links below: Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/RockPaperSwordsPodcast Twitter page - https://twitter.com/rock_swords Stephen Lawhead's Taliesin - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/73906.Taliesin Lindybeige Youtube video "Spears are better than swords" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLLv8E2pWdk&ab_channel=Lindybeige Skallagrim Youtube video "The Spear - Weapon of Kings? Or just a pointy stick?" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVQbSl9vXwA&ab_channel=Skallagrim Scholagladiatoria Youtube video - "Where did they put spears when not fighting?" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2dHETK96jE&ab_channel=scholagladiatoria Art imitating art: The birth of an axe. Blog post about the making of Dunston's axe that appears on the cover of Wolf of Wessex - http://bernicia-chronicles.blogspot.com/2019/06/art-imitating-art-birth-of-axe.html
54:05
July 15, 2022
Episode 1 - Welcome to Rock, Paper, Swords!
Our first episode! Find out who we are and what our plans are for this new podcast. As the title suggests, we'll be looking at action and adventure from the perspective of historical fiction authors, but we'll also be diving into more general writing questions and, of course, there'll be a little talk about rock music and how it helps us be creative. Please SUBSCRIBE, and join Matthew Harffy and Steven A. McKay every fortnight for chat, tips, and interviews with some of your favourite authors. To join in with our giveaway, share our Rock, Paper, Swords! pages on social media and let us know you've done so before the end of July 2022 to be in with a chance of winning the signed books! Links below: Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/RockPaperSwordsPodcast Twitter page - https://twitter.com/rock_swords
45:54
July 01, 2022
Rock, Paper, Swords! Trailer
A very short introduction to Rock, Paper, Swords! Join us on July 1st 2022 for our first full episode.
00:46
June 22, 2022