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Matthew and Steven discuss the music they listen to while writing and just enjoy in general. Rock, classical, black metal, it's all over the place here! Join us to find out how music affects our writing process...  Even includes a song Matthew recorded a few years ago with a band - it's awesome, you need to hear it! The band can be found here:  The track is called "Sail On" and was written by Roger Marsh and Matthew Harffy. ENSLAVED - Below The Lights full album: BATHORY - Hammerheart full album: OPETH - "Black Rose Immortal": WINTERFYLLETH - "The Shepherd": CRAFT - White Noise and Black Metal full album:
Another BONUS EPISODE this week, as Matthew and Steven got to chat with their literary hero, Bernard Cornwell, for this episode of the podcast. We found out some big news about his forthcoming book, Sharpe's Command, talked about his love of acting, The Last Kingdom series, the King Arthur books and new TV show, Merlin's 'magic', and even picked up some great writing tips. We loved speaking with the man who inspired us both to write and we're sure you'll enjoy listening to him! Bernard mentioned that he had been reading the Pacific War Trilogy by Ian W. Toll and recommended them to anyone interested in that history. The trilogy is made up of: Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944  Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945 Bernard's website - The Last Kingdom -
Matthew and Steven chat with Irish author Tim Hodkinson. Includes a rather amusing anecdote about one of the extras in Game of Thrones! Find out more about Tim's books - Vikings, Templars and more - here: Main theme music for the intro and outro was written, recorded and copyrighted by Steven A. McKay and Matthew Harffy. Background music: Langhus Burning 
Matthew and Steven have spent the morning watching the first two episodes of Amazon's new show based on Tolkien's Lord of the Rings - RINGS OF POWER. In this special bonus episode they talk about their first impressions of this highly anticipated (and vilified by people who've never even seen it) new show. Is the casting any good? What about the music? How does it look? Can it compare to the Peter Jackson movies? What the hell is a 'harfoot'?  IS IT ACTUALLY ANY GOOD?  And we also address the burning question so many people had when the trailers started to appear: Is it ruined by being too "woke"?! Join us on Rock, Paper, Swords! to find out the answer to these questions, and much more. And don't forget, we'll be back again next week with another episode as usual. 
Matthew and Steven take a look back at Peter Jackson's trilogy of Lord of the Rings films. Find out what they love about the movies and what they don't like quite as much. Other non-Tolkien penned books mentioned in this episode: The Sword of Shannara - Journeys of Frodo -
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. 
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"
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 - Twitter page - Stephen Lawhead's Taliesin - Lindybeige Youtube video "Spears are better than swords" - Skallagrim Youtube video "The Spear - Weapon of Kings? Or just a pointy stick?" - Scholagladiatoria Youtube video - "Where did they put spears when not fighting?" - 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 -
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 - Twitter page -
A very short introduction to Rock, Paper, Swords! Join us on July 1st 2022 for our first full episode.
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