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.
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.