Hello and welcome to my blog for another round of Meet the Characters! Today I am featuring a guest blogger who has graciously agreed to let me do a character interview, which is my favorite kind of interview. Join me in welcoming author, G.D. Ogan, and his characters from Immortal Relations. It’s a fantastic paranormal romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Gary Logan, the hero from Immortal Relations.
Do you infiltrate your writer’s dreams?
Yes, much of what is in the series comes from either his sleeping or waking dreams when I am best able to communicate with my scribe (the “author”).
Are you happy with the genre your writer has placed you in?
Both I and my scribe felt that the stories I had him write were Paranormal-Action novels…we were both surprised when an editor said they were Paranormal-Romance novels.
Do you like the way the book ended?
Yes, for the most part. Each of the three novels in the series is “stand alone” and each ends on a positive note.
What is your greatest fear?
What I and the Guardian Vampires fight against is the victory of evil over good…if America continues down the road it is currently on, evil will destroy the world.
What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Since I am a vampire, I don’t “sleep” but do rest when I listen to music and am usually dressed in slacks and a T-shirt.
What do you think is your strongest attribute?
My military background and knowledge of the tools needed to stave off the evil forces increasing daily in the world.
What embarrasses you?
Not much embarrasses me or my mates (who turned me into a vampire); however my scribe is somewhat embarrassed by the “explicit togetherness” shared by those in the stories…I hate to say this about him, but he is a bit of a prude when it comes to sex but I continue to try and enlighten him!
What do you find most appealing in men/women?
While human men and women are often in turmoil about love, family and finances, seemingly worrying needlessly, we vampires are freed from such fears for the most part. Our sexual lives are lived openly sharing with one another without shame. We are immortal and invulnerable (providing we stay away from fire) so we fight evil in every aspect of life, protecting innocent humans (sometimes from themselves).
What do you like most about where you live?
I greatly enjoy the humans we now live amongst in Southern Canada; they have proven most gracious and accepting of our vampire group. When we were attacked by the Marxist government in American they rallied around to allow us to remain in Canada rather than deport us or allow the Americans to continue their aggression against us.
What’s your favorite animal?
Oh, I so love dogs! I chose my scribe partly on his own love of animals and allowed him to dedicate our first book to a no-kill shelter for Bully-Bread dogs in Houston, Texas. Parts of the novels we wrote contain materials about the dogs we have saved.
When Gary Logan finds an old photograph of his father in Prague with a woman’s handwriting on the back, he flies there to investigate where his father worked, only to meet and fall in love with a beautiful lady he believes to be a vampire. In love with her, he is initiated into a coven of guardian vampires, beginning an extraordinary journey of epic proportions.
Exciting, erotic, and full of heart-stopping action, Ogan’s debut novel turns human vampire lore on its head, creating a symbiotic relationship between the two species that deepens emotional connections to astonishing effect. But a coven of evil vampires bent on destroying the guardian vampires and feeding on the humans at will have other plans. Adam however assists humans in almost wiping out the evil coven, beginning the ever-increasing relationship between vampires and humans. Gary and Adam then save Great Britain from nuclear theft and attack; when their nemesis make one last-ditch effort in Russia to bring all of the peaceful societies down, Gary, Adam and the coven must save the human species before their enemy’s plans come to fruition.
Probing the grey areas inherent in sexuality, family, and legend, Ogan weaves an amazing tale that examines the very nature of existence. An unrelenting thrill-ride of passion and action, Immortal Relations will leave you breathlessly awaiting the series’ second and third installments, Immortal Relations, Love and War, and Immortal Relations Coming Out.
(The guardian vampires of the Residency Coven had sworn to protect innocent humans but had never interceded to help animals. Gary Logan, now a vampire, has lost none of his love of small animals, especially cats and dogs. In this excerpt, Gary and his two mates are in a monitoring station watching for evil be it vampires, criminals or political thugs):
We continued to monitor the screens, but nothing else happened until about 9 p.m. when I saw a large man chasing a little dog down a side street. He carried what looked like a rusty old pipe. Fearing he’d kill the dog, I asked Evy if we could do anything! She said they’d never responded to help an animal…I felt that I had to do something to help the dog and asked where that street was.
“Four streets to the north and about a mile to the east,” she said.
My love for little animals hadn’t abated any by becoming a vampire, and I said I needed to do something to help that dog.
Maggie said she’d go with me. It was dark and a weeknight, so little traffic and no pedestrians were out. I ran the mile without stopping to confront the man. I moved so fast, no human could see me. As I flew by the man, I tapped the end of the iron pipe, causing it to fly out of his hand and I caught the pipe as I continued on. This occurred so fast, his brain couldn’t register what had happened; he slowed and looked at his hands and then stopped to turn around, looking behind him for the pipe he must have dropped. By this time, I’d stopped in the shadows under some trees a mile farther down and simply crushed the old iron pipe into dust.
It was then that Maggie found me. “I’ve never seen anyone run that fast. You didn’t run that fast at the quarry…how could you run so much faster now?”
I looked at her and said, “I was running for fun at the quarry, but just now, I had to save that little dog. I just can’t stand to see a small animal hurt or killed.”
She hugged and kissed me, “I think you are one of the most soft-hearted people, let alone vampires, that ever existed.”
I shrugged, “I wish it were this easy to save all the unwanted animals; in America, they kill thousands of dogs and cats each day, just because no one wants them. It always breaks my heart to think about it…”
I told her I couldn’t think of a more terrible condemnation of someone than they would harm a dog or a cat!
She kissed me again and said, “Let’s go back to Evy.” as we walked back arm in arm, we saw a woman, who must have been the man’s wife scolding him, as she carried the little dog in her arms, so I felt it was safe.
Once back in the monitoring room, Maggie told Evy what happened as I sat in a chair, my head down, trying not to think about little animals being harmed. Evy turned and asked if I’d heard the story of “Ferdinand the Bull” and said I was like Ferdinand, strong but with a soft heart…I could only say, “Thank you.”
Buy the Book:
Book #1 “Immortal Relations” http://amazon.com/dp/B006ZCBT6G * Book #2 “Immortal Relations, Love and War” http://amazon.com/dp/B00A4IEHL6 Book #3 “Immortal Relations Coming Out” http://amazon.com/dp/B00G5BQS18
*The first book has some erotic content. For those who prefer less “explicit togetherness” I suggest stating with book #2 as it has a conversation between major characters that covers the important points of the first book. It still has “togetherness” just a bit less “explicit.”
Guy Ogan was born in Washington D.C. during the early stages of WW-II. His father served overseas with the Office of Strategic Services, so he and his mother relocated to her parent’s home in Texas for the duration of the war. After the war they returned to Northern Virginia, while his father continued to serve in what became the Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.). As a teen in Arlington, VA Guy ran cross-country and track and road an old BSA Bantam motorcycle. He moved with his parents to his father’s new job in Los Altos, CA in the late 50’s where Guy continued to run cross-country and track. Graduating, Guy attended Foothill J.C. (A.A. Degree) transferring to Texas Christian University (B.S. and commissioning as a 2nd Lt. in the USAF). Guy served slightly over 20 years and was assigned to such far flung locations as Rantoul, IL/next, the island of Okinawa (pre-reunification with Japan)/then Austin, TX/later Keflavik, Iceland/then Soesterberg, The Netherlands (where he competed an M.A.)/subsequently he was assigned to Abilene, TX/then, 15th Air Force Hq, March Field in Southern California before his retirement and return to West Texas (completing an M.Ed.). Guy then operated an Assessment Clinic for ADHD, writing an assessment guide, “Can Anyone Help My Child?’ He then worked for the TX Dept. of Criminal Justice writing a drug treatment program for inmates and performing intake evaluations. Upon the death of his father, Guy retired as an Associate Clinical Psychologist to care for his mother who had Alzheimer’s, this is when he found the photograph (shown on page 2 of “Immortal Relations” as being Gary Logan’s father) proving that his late father had a tryst overseas, spurring Guy to write his “Immortal Relations” series.
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