Thursday, January 8, 2015

G.D. Ogan joins me today with his Immortal Relations novels

Please join us for an interview with paranormal vampire romance author, G.D. Ogan.  Then we have covers and blurbs for his three Immortal Relations novels.

Here's Guy! 

Tell us, what inspired you to write the first book of your series: Immortal Relations?  

The event that inspired me to write my first Paranormal-Romance was finding a photograph of my late father taken at the end of World War Two, when he was assigned to help the Czechs form a new government, hopefully a Constitutional Government somewhat similar to that of the United States (a lofty goal considering Soviet troops were all over the area).  The photograph showed my father standing in front of an extremely old building with a large clock on it's wall. It wasn't so much the photo itself, but what was written on the back. In a very feminine hand was, "I'll always be waiting." 

I'd heard my mother say things like, "He is over there with that woman" when I was very young, but didn't know of whom she spoke, nor would she say anything further when asked. However, at one point she did ask me what I would do if she divorced my father. So finding that statement on the back of his picture, taken in Prague, brought back what she had said when I was so young. That night, unable to sleep, I felt compelled to go to my computer. That's the "back-story" of what caused "Immortal Relations" (call it "channeling," that my Muse was guiding me, or a psychotic-break - I'll agree). I've always been a fast typist, but never THAT fast before or since.


Have you been a lifelong reader?  What are some the first books you remember reading? 

Not just a lifelong reader but a writer as well. In my youth I ran marathons and wrote about the races. They were published in running magazines like "The Long-Distance Log". I was also "into" automobiles and wrote about races and car-shows, these were published in such magazines as "Cruisin' Style" out of Florida. 

While I wrote mostly non-fiction, I enjoyed reading both that and fiction, specifically histories of warfare (World War Two and what caused it) as well as fictional works such as the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings (I've always been a fan of stories where good triumphs over evil). 

Now, I'm an avid (or is that rabid) fan of the vampire genre', but not the "Horror" type stories (although I have read Bram Stoker's Dracula and can appreciate it for what it is). In my books, vampires are like humans, both good and bad. My  good vampires safeguard humans and animals from evil be it other vampires, human criminals or bad politicians.


What do you do to rev your creative juices? 

I have an overactive imagination, "writers block" is a concept totally foreign to me. My imagination operates at 78 rpm in a 33 1/3 rpm world (an example from the old vinyl record days...young people probably won't understand). I can sit down at any point in-time and write (the problem is getting the time to do so).

 
What would be your advice to people who are considering a writing career? 

If you want to write short articles about a specific topic (such as I did with my running and interest in "cars") just get a good grounding in that subject. It might be "making cupcakes" if so learn to make the most sinfully delicious and unique cupcakes, then write about it and send it off to "Cupcake World" magazine. In other words, start small and learn your craft but have a grounding in another type of work. As they say, "Don't quit your day-job"(even J.K. Rowling took a little while to be discovered). 
 
If you are planning on writing "The Great American Novel" and submitting it to "Publishing Houses" prepare for disappointment - rejection is the name of their game (they just SAY they are looking for something new and fresh).

Now for covers and blurbs
 






"Immortal Relations" starts with a true story causing the book (and later the series to be written). It contains "explicit togetherness" (sex), not meant to be salacious but to show that good vampires don't have human hang-ups about intimacy (frankly some of what Gary gets drawn into is rather humorous). Gary's military past is of great help in protecting the coven from evil vampires seeking revenge, especially when Gary's vampire son gains his father's knowledge and helps the Czechs as well as the British Army and Royal Marines deal with “terrorists” seeking to gain access to nuclear weapons. Later, he is one who helps the Russian Federation's defend old Soviet Era stores of Biological Weapons from the same group.

 
"Immortal Relations, Love and War" is the second book and takes the action to a whole new level as an old friend is dying and only the good vamps can save him if he is willing to make the change. Terrorists beat them to the punch decapitating Russia’s government as a prelude to the invasion of Siberia by Communist Chinese forces. Only swift and direct action by our good vamps will prevent this conflict from turning into a nuclear war, perhaps threatening the entire world. Displeased at Russia's undercutting OPEC's confiscatory oil prices OPEC ministers hire terrorists to set off a "suitcase nuke" to stop Russian oil production. Added to these dangers are the real world deterioration of the 25 year old Chernobyl reactor cap that would cause release of deadly radiation over Europe and much of the world and the potential Extinction Level Event of Fukushima, Japan’s Reactor collapse. Who or what can solve these catastrophic problems? The novel is far less explicit, yet both Eviana and Magdalena give birth to full vampire children.
 
 
The third in the series, “Immortal Relations Coming Out” is a story about the possible benefits and challenges of coming out to the human world with the goal of forming a strong symbiotic relationship to protect both human and animal life from evil, be it vampires, criminals or power-mad politicians. It is determined that there are too many negatives to approach the humans at this time as not all would be receptive to the overture. But there is love in the air as Gary’s hybrid granddaughter meets a young, unaware shape shifter werewolf who, realizing what he is and that these vampires are not enemies is willing to help them stop the premature release of a story of their existence and their part in stopping the Chinese invasion of Russian Siberia. But the Marxist regime in Washington seeks to learn who it was that foiled the invasion which would have gained better terms for their massive debt to China. To monitor the Marxist regime in Washington and their effort to do away with the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, a new coven is created in Cayuga, Canada. It isn’t long before love develops between a Canadian Police Officer and one of Gary’s vampire children, but the group is threatened by Washington D.C. seeking revenge and by the humans learning that there are vampires in their midst. How will the locals react to the knowledge of vampires close at hand (will it be a replay of the Bram Stoker novel where locals storm the castle with pitchforks)?

 
 
Author Bio
 
Born in Washington D.C. early in WW-II, mother and child moved to Texas while father went off to war as a member of the Office of Strategic Services (which later became the C.I.A.). After the war, mother and child returned to Arlington, VA to be joined by father now working in Washington and on "temporary duty" in spots around the world. Guy was interested and involved in long-distance running, which he continued when the family moved to Northern California in the late 50s. He graduated from Los Altos High School, obtained an Associate of Arts from Foothill Junior College and Transferred to Texas Christian University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission in the U.S.A.F. While in the military he obtained a Master of Arts from the European Campus of Ball State and upon his retirement from the service completed a Master of Education, from Hardin-Simmons. While in this program he taught undergraduate Psychology, Sociology and Counseling at local colleges as well as writing a book on the assessment and treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder. He was then employed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TX Prison System) to write treatment programs for inmates with addictions and later as a Associate Clinical Psychologist. He retired early to care for his disabled mother upon the passing of his father. He and his wife have two grown children and four grandchildren as well as three Pomeranians. All are involved in dog rescue services. He states: "Dogs are God's gift to mankind to teach us about love and loyalty!"

Social Media Links: 
http://immortalrelations.blogspot.com/
http://www.amazon.com/author/guyogan  
http://facebook.com/writervampire 

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4 comments:

  1. Thanks for having me on the blog...I'm just getting over a rather hard case of bronchitis, but will gladly respond to any commenter who wishes to ask questions.

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  2. Great interview Guy. I imagine those were tough circumstances for your family. I'm glad you found an outlet through writing.
    Take care,
    Jacquie Biggar

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    1. I was so young when it happened that I didn't know until both parents had passed away and I was cleaning out the many, many file cabinets and just happened to find the picture with the writing on the back. It had never dawned on me why they had separate bedrooms. Finding that picture hit like a ton of bricks and, unable to sleep, I started writing.

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