Husband and wife writing team defy the odds — stay married and release the third book in The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection.
May 5, 2014 (Portland, Ore.) – Writing is a traditionally a solo sport, like long-distance running or competitive eating, but authors Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall have turned it into a two-person, creative bare-knuckle literary cage match by successfully writing together for more than a decade. They are releasing their third book together, The Cowboy and the Vampire: Rough Trails and Shallow Graves (ISBN: 978-0-9838200-4-8, Pumpjack Press) and the process, not surprisingly, has been fraught with emotional danger.
“Stick two creative, opinionated and chronically insecure writers on the same project for an extended period, and there’s bound to be fireworks,” said McFall. “Add a romantic relationship to the mix and sometimes it borders on the thermonuclear. But all of that angst and passion is channeled right into our books, and adds depth and grit to the challenges our two lovers — Tucker and Lizzie — face.”
“Writing together is ridiculous and insane, and we wouldn’t have it any other way,” Hays said. “But we really pushed the boundaries of common sense this time. Writing the third book just wasn’t enough for us, so we decided to re-release both book one — after a significant edit to trim it down to the author’s cut — and book two with new covers designed by an Oregon artist. It made for some long days, and longer nights … and not in the good way.”
On at least some of those nights, the pillow talk involved not only the plot twists of cowboys and vampires, but also astral projection and near death experiences. In Rough Trails and Shallow Graves, the authors doubled down on the metaphysical elements called out by national reviewers as a unique aspect of their genre fiction.
“In a way, it’s a shame more time isn’t spent exploring the existence of this meta world where consciousnesses wait out the daylight hours and immortality has all sorts of ramifications for human spirituality,” noted Kirkus Reviews about book two of the series. Read the rest of this entry »