10 episodes

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.

Rock, Paper, Swords‪!‬ Matthew Harffy and Steven A. McKay

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    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

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.

    Episode 9 - Music and the power it holds....

    Episode 9 - Music and the power it holds....

    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: https://purplefishband1.weebly.com/  The track is called "Sail On" and was written by Roger Marsh and Matthew Harffy.

    ENSLAVED - Below The Lights full album: https://youtu.be/z6rA6pXi53g

    BATHORY - Hammerheart full album: https://youtu.be/dvCHHYwGjfY

    OPETH - "Black Rose Immortal": https://youtu.be/XLkSFOvhyeI

    WINTERFYLLETH - "The Shepherd": https://youtu.be/bsAIkI7llBI

    CRAFT - White Noise and Black Metal full album: https://youtu.be/MiCLnDDZ4w0

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Interview with Bernard Cornwell, the Godfather of historical fiction!

    Interview with Bernard Cornwell, the Godfather of historical fiction!

    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 - https://www.bernardcornwell.net/

    The Last Kingdom - https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80074249

    • 56 min
    Episode 7 - Interview with bestselling Viking author Tim Hodkinson

    Episode 7 - Interview with bestselling Viking author Tim Hodkinson

    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: https://www.fantasticfiction.com/h/tim-hodkinson/

    Main theme music for the intro and outro was written, recorded and copyrighted by Steven A. McKay and Matthew Harffy.

    Background music:

    Langhus Burning 

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Bonus Episode! - FIRST LOOK at Rings of Power Episodes 1 and 2 and a review!

    Bonus Episode! - FIRST LOOK at Rings of Power Episodes 1 and 2 and a review!

    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. 

    • 53 min
    Episode 5 - A look at Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies!

    Episode 5 - A look at Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies!

    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 - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15575.The_Sword_of_Shannara

    Journeys of Frodo - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/938210.Journeys_of_Frodo

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Episode 4 - Interview with Robyn / Erin Young, author of The Fields

    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. 

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

paratrooper1775 ,

Awesome Podcast!

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!

Laka1973 ,

Great show!

Love love love this podcast series!

Cody C. Engdahl ,

Great show from two fabulous authors

Harffy and McKay are fantastic authors. They’re funny and have wonderful personalities which makes the show a lot of fun to listen to. The show offers fascinating insight into the world of writing, publishing, history, and general rocking out on heavy metal guitars. I highly recommend it for the aspiring author, history buff, or just anyone wanting to have a good time.

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