Bios for authors Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall

Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall have worked in writing jobs ranging from cowboy-poet to science journalist to restaurant reviewer to university press officer. After they met, their fiction writing career took center stage when they wrote the first book in The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection as a test for marriage. They passed.

The book—A Very Unusual Romance—was picked up by Llewellyn with a first edition published in 1999, making it among the earliest stories in the resurgence of the undead myth pegged to modern life. In 2010, Midnight Ink, a Llewellyn imprint, issued a second edition of the novel. Clark and Kathleen went on to write three more books in the collection. With its unorthodox blend of gritty western authenticity with the metaphysics inherent in vampirism combined with laugh-out-loud campy humor, the now cult-classic series continues to reach new readers. 

Clark and Kathleen have more recently embarked on a new series that imagines a world in which Bonnie and Clyde survived, recasting the outlaw lovers as defenders of the working class in an epic fight to restrain capitalist greed during the Great Depression. The first two books in the series (Resurrection Road and Dam Nation) debuted to strong critical and reader acclaim. "A Depression-era tale timely with reflections on wealthy fat cats and a rigged economic system that still ring true; outlaws become patriots in this imagainitve, suspensful what-if story," wrote Kirkus Reviews

Clark and Kathleen have won several writing awards, including a Pushcart Prize nomination (Clark) and a fiction fellowship from Oregon Literary Arts (Kathleen). The books in The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection have been honored with a Best Books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews, Best Books of 2016 by IndieReader and a Silver IPPY Medalist in horror for 2017.

  • Read about the origins story of The Cowboy and the Vampire in The New YorkerA Novel Therapy
  • Read an interview with Clark and Kathleen in Kirkus Reviews magazine. "The married couple talk about taking on the publishing industry."
  • Check out the article in Independent Publisher"Fighting about writing? Ten tips curated from epic arguments." 
  • View this haunting video developed by USAToday/The Shreveport Times about Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road. 

Facts

A native of Texas, Clark received a B.A. in history from Montana State University. He has published poetry and short fiction in a number of journals. Professionally, he worked for Portland-based Central City Concern (an advocacy organization for the homeless and veterans) as a senior grant writer, and later as a writer and strategist for an international financial services corporation. Clark lived all over the world as a kid, following his father's profession as a legendary wildcat oil drilling engineer, eventually landing in White Hall, Montana where he spent his formative years on the family's 2500-acre cattle ranch.

Kathleen received a B.S. in geology from George Washington University and a M.A. in Communications/Film Studies from The American University. Early on, she worked as a geologist investigating novel alternative fossil fuels before transitioning to writing. Her work in journalism has been widely published, with articles focused on energy, the environment and bioscience. She was a staff writer/editor for Financial Times-Energy and McGraw-Hill trade publications, and provided communications consulting for a wide list of clients, including tribal interests and public power entities. More recently, she served as director of communications and senior advisor to the dean at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. She was born and raised in Washington, D.C.

Clark and Kathleen live in Portland, Oregon.