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Matthew Harffy

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Matthew Harffy lived in Northumberland as a child and the area had a great impact on him. The rugged terrain, ruined castles and rocky coastline made it easy to imagine the past. Decades later, a documentary about Northumbria's Golden Age sowed the kernel of an idea for a series of historical fiction novels. The first of them is the action-packed tale of vengeance and coming of age, THE SERPENT SWORD. The sequel is THE CROSS AND THE CURSE.

Matthew has worked in the IT industry, where he spent all day writing and editing, just not the words that most interested him. Prior to that he worked in Spain as an English teacher and translator. Matthew lives in Wiltshire, England, with his wife and their two daughters.

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Matthew Harffy I guess the best thing is that you can tell the stories you really want to read. I also think that is the secret to good writing. If you like what you…moreI guess the best thing is that you can tell the stories you really want to read. I also think that is the secret to good writing. If you like what you have written and enjoy the story, then you can be sure that some other readers will. Not everyone, but you are not going to be alone in the world!(less)
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Here is the interview I did on BBC Wiltshire back in May.

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