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Jul 20

Get to Know Guy Ogan

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.

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 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!

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 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. 

 Excerpt:

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.”

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The photograph of “Gary Logan’s father” by the clock on the side of Prague’s Old Town Hall. It’s actually a picture of MY FATHER. Finding that photograph after both my mother and father had passed proved something she had said when I was just a child about him having a tryst while overseas after the war! That is what spurred me to write the first of the three books!

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.


Review: 

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.

Buy Links:

“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)

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  1. G. D. Ogan

    I’m so happy to be on your blog today! When I got confirmation of it, I put up my 1st book in my series FREE today through the 24th.I hope your readers take advantage of the FREE digital copy and enjoy this ADULT story! I would have left this comment earlier; however, my server went down late last night and just now came back up! )-:

    1. Anna Markland

      Murphy’s Law, Guy. Glad you are back up and running! There is also a comment on the blogpost on Goodreads, but I am not sure if those come through here. Probably not. Anyway, Dawn says, “Going to give it a try. Looks promising. “

  2. G. D. Ogan

    Thanks so much for the link to Dawn’s comment. I’ll click on it and say hello to her…I rarely get on Goodreads as often as I guess I should so I’ll give her a shout out! And Murphy’s Law is alive and well…I’m still fighting to get the server to work today…haven’t had that problem until this last weekend when it started going haywire on me…unplug and wait, then plug up and wait again! And they say computers are our friends (not when they get as long in the tooth as mine I guess)! I’ll try to keep an eye out for comments because I love to interact with bloggers and readers…it is what makes blogging worthwhile in my opinion. (-:

  3. G. D. Ogan

    Well, I’ll leave a comment for Dawn here until I can find her the Goodreads blog location:

    Thanks Dawn for your interest in my first book Dawn…got to admit the “price is right.” If you enjoy it I do hope you will leave a comment on Amazon. The second book it http://amazon.com/dp/B00A4IEHL6 and the third in the series is: http://amazon.com/dp/B00G5BQS18 both are $.99 as I want to get more readership before I continue the series which is bouncing around in my head and for which I already have the covers.

  4. G. D. Ogan

    Hi Dawn…my previous blog response on Anna Markland’s BlogSpot evidently made it over here on GoodReads so I’m repeating myself somewhat: I really appreciate your comment and hope you enjoy book one enough to continue with the series (as shown above). I’d love to hear what you think when you are finished reading it…comments left on Amazon & Kindle are an author’s life’s blood, as it helps others decide if they want to spend the time to read it!

  5. G. D. Ogan

    Well no comments yet, but if someone comes to the party late, please alert me at gog6692@msn.com so I can return. Do you know of a way to find the number who have claimed a FREE copy of my first digital book?

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