Find out a little more about our co-hosts and why they started this podcast here.
Jenny Williamson is a romance and fantasy novelist obsessed with the ancient past. While writing a historical romance, she fell down a research rabbit hole—an occupational hazard—and realized she had a decision to make. She could either go on cornering people in bars, ranting on about child emperors and Mongol siegecraft and the Praetorian Guard—she gets that way after a few Dark n Stormies—or she could start a podcast.
Genn McMenemy is a New Yorker in London and an ancient history and mythology nerd. By day she works in the marketing department for a publishing house. By night, she’s frequently researching something that happened a long time ago and probably on the other side of the world.
When not researching myths, legends and history for the podcast she writes, reads and travels as much as possible.
Jack Schell (The Soundweaver): Jack Schell (The Soundweaver) created our intro and outro music. Jack’s compositions evoke visual images in the listener’s mind to form what may be called ‘soundscapes’ or ‘musical art pieces.’ His uncommon rhythms combined with sweet, sometimes quirky and fun and memorable melodies form original sound compositions that appeal to those from all walks of life.
From an early age Jack picked up instruments and made music from them, often with a unique perspective that influenced the sounds he produced. He learned piano, clarinet, drums and percussion in his childhood. He picked up again with the advent of Atari computer and MIDI music software in the mid-1980’s when he began to compose his signature-style music. Now with several releases over the last thirty years, Jack creates well-rounded soundscapes filled with depth and intrigue.
Jayel Draco: Jayel is responsible for all of our visuals, web design and illustration. Jayel Draco is a multimedia visual artist and the co-creator of Oneshi Press. Jayel earned his BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts, later branching out into animation, costume and prop design, photomanipulation, motion graphics, and VFX. During his time as a freelance artist, Jayel’s fashion designs have been featured at trade shows including Project and Pool, and his animation work has appeared in Marvel’s Astonishing X-Men (episodes 1 – 6, written by Joss Whedon, illustrated by John Cassaday, and directed by Neal Adams) at MarvelFest New York City, and in Wagner’s Die Walküre (conducted by James Levine and directed by Robert LePage) at the New York Metropolitan Opera. For several years, he worked under the close tutelage of renowned comic book artist Neal Adams.