It’s a pleasure today to introduce Guy Ogan. But before I do so, here’s an important update. Guy’s book, Immortal Relations will be FREE on Amazon from July 20 to 24th.
Where were you born, Guy?
I was born in Washington D.C. in the early days of World War Two (back when our Nation’s Capitol was full of patriotic folks fighting for freedom).
What do you like most about where you live now?
West Texas is full of folks fighting against those who wish to trample on our Constitution and our Bill of Rights.
What’s your favorite season?
Winter. West Texas seldom has snow or has more than a couple of days of ice on the streets and it sure beats our triple digit Summers!
Do you have any personal heroes?
Winston Churchill and R. J. Mitchell. I do hope everyone knows of the British Prime Minister in World War Two and Great Britain’s “Finest Hour” but unfortunately too few know of the designer R. J. Mitchell who, despite his failing health, worked feverishly to make sure his Spitfire fighter-aircraft was ready in time to help protect England from the Nazi Luftwaffe. Without the steadfastness of these two heroes the map of the world might look far different today! R.J.’s life is shown in the movie “First of the Few”.
Have you had any unusual or noteworthy occupations?
I served for a little over 20 years in the Air Force finishing a Masters Degree at the European Campus of Ball State while stationed in Holland. After leaving the military, I served as an Adjunct Professor at two local colleges while completing a second Masters. I then worked with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice retiring from there as an Associate Clinical Psychologist.
Do you have any hobbies?
When I was younger, including my military time, I loved to run long distances but my knees and hips finally put a stop to that. Now I have a pair of classic cars that I enjoy driving. My favorite is a 1964 Studebaker Station-Wagon that looks like it did when new, but has a modern “Hemi” drive train, power disc brakes and power steering. On nice days I’ll drive my 66 Mustang Convertible which has been similarly modernized. I also have a 2005 Mustang “Roush” Convertible that I enjoy as well.
I can relate to the knees and hips. The cars sound awesome. Can you confide something you wish you were better at?
While I did a lot of technical writing while in the military and treatment programs while working in the prison system, writing novels is something I wish I was more polished in writing.
Do you like animals? Pets? I especially love cats and dogs! My wife and I have had many over the years and our grown children now have a number of rescue dogs and cats. Unfortunately we are down to the last of the litter of Pomeranians we had along with the parents, but we do have one younger Pom from a different litter. When one of them dies it is like having part of my heart torn from my body. The “Immortal Relations” series has segments where dogs are rescued and the first book is dedicated to a Rescue Center.
What do you enjoy most/least about being a published author?
I love to hear from readers when they have enjoyed one of the stories and love to discuss the stories with potential readers on blogs such as this. The hardest and most maddening part of being published is trying to get the word out about my books!
I echo that! How do you deal with writer’s block?
I have a very fertile imagination and have never experienced writer’s block…just the opposite, my characters all want me to write about this or that aspect of their “lives” and adventures.
Is your book part of a series and if so do you enjoy writing a series? Yes, the excerpt is from the first book in the currently three book “Immortal Relations” series. I’ve very much enjoyed writing all three books and have several more to add once I get more reader interest.
She introduced herself as Magdalena Dvora’k, saying she had seen me looking at a photograph and asked if I’d been to Prague before.
I told her the picture was of my father standing near this building many years before. She asked to see it and I handed it to her. Without skipping a beat, she said “Doug Logan.” My legs felt like rubber…dazed I staggered back and leaned against the wall. Her gaze transfixed me. It seemed as if she were God’s own angel assigned to test and weigh my soul.
Once I’d regained some composure I said, “How…how could you know my father’s name?”
She chuckled at my stammering and said he was the love of her late great aunt, who talked about him and kept his picture by her bed.
To say I was speechless and felt unsteady was an understatement. She helped me to a bench where we sat while I tried to recover.
I was weighing the odds of meeting someone whose great aunt had known my father, and it seemed an unbelievable coincidence!
“Do you feel all right?” she asked.
“I can’t get over our meeting, but even more improbably that your great aunt knew my father!
“Oh, not just my great aunt,” she said “My whole family knew him; he was very helpful to them in recovering their lives after the war.”
Magdalena said her great aunt spoke English, could read and write it as well, because her father had been a Czech diplomat in England before the war. Her father was recalled when he voiced alarm over the pacifist actions of England’s Prime Minister at the time, who thought he could make deals with Adolph Hitler. “Of course,” Magdalena continued, “History proved Hitler lied on paper about ‘peace in our times’ and when the Nazi’s rolled into Czechoslovakia, my great aunt’s father was arrested and shot. His wife escaped with my great aunt, who was in her teens, to her parent’s farm. Then, Winston Churchill became England’s Prime Minister and when America came into the war, the Nazi’s were defeated! Later, my great aunt was an interpreter for a new Czech government working with Americans who came to help. Your father was one of them and it wasn’t long before he captured her heart and she his.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best vampire novel I ever read. By Pat G. on June 16, 2016 Format: Paperback This novel rates number one in vampire writings, and close to the top in science fiction. Ogan is an excellent writer. There is an occasional misspelled word, but it does not detract from the quality of the book. Ogan shows a deep knowledge of warfare and weapons perhaps from his service as a major in the USAF. The killing of others is handled very well and realistically. It is heavy on sexual content, but again done well. I shared the book with a friend who came back to me and said, “I think this writer has overdosed on Viagra.” I laughed. I also liked the writing in first person since it showed each person’s involvement and participation in the main theme of bringing the story to the front. It is not necessary to read the books in order unless you are one of those people who prefer it that way. The books stand alone. I read the second, the first, and the third. Loved all three and look forward to number four. It depicts vampires as friends of humans rather than monsters. It also shows a great love for animals.
“Immortal Relations” http://amazon.com/dp/B006ZCBT6G (Book #1)
“Immortal Relations, Love and War” http://amazon.com/dp/B00A5IEHL6 (Book #2)
“Immortal Relations Coming Out” http://amazon.com/dp/B00G5BQS18 (Book #3)