The Historical Action and Adventure Podcast - making history come alive!
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.
Matthew Harffy! A Day Of Reckoning & EXCLUSIVE REVEAL of his next book's title!
Something a little different today - we have no guests for a change! Instead, Steven interviews Matthew about his brand new book A DAY OF RECKONING, the third in his A Time for Swords series, which came out yesterday. It's a fun episode covering various aspects of the writing/publishing process, and Matthew even tells us the title of his NEXT book (the Western he's been talking about for ages, it's finished)!
Give it a listen, and make sure you buy A Day of Reckoning...
Angus Donald - Vikings, Robin Hood, and lots more!
Our guest today is Angus Donald, author of the Outlaw Chronicles, about a medieval gangster called Robin Hood, a 17th-century series about an unusual but rather brilliant chap called Holcroft Blood. And writing as Angus Macallan, he has also tried his hand at fantasy with the Gates of Stone.
His most recent novels are in the Fire Born series, set in 8th century Europe. Book four in the series, King of the North is published by Canelo on 28th September.
Welcome to RPS, Angus.
Paul Finch - 1066, crime writing, being in a "shieldwall" & Black Sabbath!
Our guest today is Paul Finch. Paul Finch is an English author and scriptwriter. He has a diverse and very successful career, from the popular TV programme The Bill, to horror and fantasy stories and films, Doctor Who spin-off stories and the incredibly successful gritty crime series of DS Mark Heck Heckenberg novels, with over 1 MILLION book sales!
Paul’s latest pivot has been to move into the historical fiction genre, writing under the name P.W. Finch. USURPER, set in the cataclysmic year of 1066, was published earlier this year.
Welcome to RPS, Paul.
Dr Joanne Ball, Roman/battlefield archaeologist!
Our guest today is Dr Joanne Ball. Joanne is a Roman archaeologist and battlefield archaeologist based at the University of Liverpool, with a PhD in Archaeology on the subject of Roman battlefield archaeology.
She is a regular contributor to several magazines focused on ancient history and was co-editor of Ancient World Magazine. And is soon to have published the Publius Quinctilius Varus: The Man Who Lost Three Roman Legions in the Teutoburg Disaster.
Welcome to RPS, Joanne.
Ethan Bale/Clifford Beal - The medieval action adventure author joins us today!
Our guest today is Ethan Bale, author of The Swords of the White Rose series.
Book 1, Hawker and the King's Jewel came out last year and the follow up, The Lost Prince, has just been published.
Ethan Bale (Clifford Beal), is a former defence journalist. Despite writing about modern military technology for much of his career, he was always passionate about history, particularly the Renaissance and early modern Europe.
Over the years he has been flung about in military aircraft, trained in 17th century rapier, fired flintlock pistols, messed about in boats, and ridden both horses and motorcycles. These days he is usually found wielding a pen and not a sword.
Welcome to RPS, Ethan!
Darren Hardy of Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing. Indie authors check this out!
Our guest today is Darren Hardy, manager of the UK Author and Editorial Programmes at Amazon. Before that Darren was UK Manager for Kindle Direct Publishing. With nearly 20 years working at Amazon, Darren is the perfect person to answer all our questions about what goes on behind the scenes at KDP and what new and exciting plans Amazon has for the future.
Join us today as we chat about things like:
The Kindle Storyteller Award - how to enter, and what you can win (20 grand!)
The "magic formula" for understanding Amazon's algorithms (there isn't one!)
Amazon's new book categories and how to use them best
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it might affect KDP in future be it for "writing" nonsensical books, or affecting the charts
And a load more!
If you have a question that we didn't ask Darren please post it here, or on our social media pages and we'll pass them on!
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For fans of historical fiction or just history in general this podcast is fantastic. For those aspiring writers this podcast will provide you insight into the writers craft. I highly recommend this podcast. Keep up the great work Matthew and Steven!
Congratulations on the podcast, gentlemen! I’m a big fan of both of these authors and it’s great to hear them on the same podcast. If you’re a fan of historical fiction, you’ll love their work. They also have a very good sense of humor. It’s a pleasure to listen to their conversation. Cheers!
Love love love this podcast series!