Please welcome Guy Ogan, a 70 year old retired military officer and retired psychologist who now writes about Guardian Vampires protecting humans and small animals from the evil type of vampires, human criminals, and dictatorial governments. So Guy, where are you from?
A: West Texas is where I currently reside, but I’ve lived all around the world.
Q: Tell us your latest news?
A: My third novel in my “Immortal Relations” series became available in print two weeks ago. I’m still waiting on the Kindle release.
Q: Do you have a specific writing style?
A: I believe they call it “flying by the seat of your paints” but I dream about my stories at night so I have it somewhat plotted out as to general storyline.
Q: What books have most influenced your life most?
A: I must have read the trilogy Lord of the Rings a hundred times, all of Tom Clancy’s works, Ann Rice’s “Servant of the Bones” and yes I’m a fan of the Twilight Stories (but I think the one Stephenie Meyer didn’t release, “Midnight Sun” was her best by far, you can “Google it” to read some of it).
Q: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
A: I am a little shy and prefer to write my thoughts and ideas rather than saying them aloud. I wasn’t a writer in my public school days, but when I started running long distances in track and cross-country I wanted to express the joys of running so I started submitting my writing to “The Long Distance Log” and other running magazines (long before Runner’s World was even thought of). While I’m sure they weren’t the best writing, they were always published. When I became interested in cars I submitted photos and descriptions of events I attended to magazines like “Cruising Style.” I often had three or more articles in every issue. Of course in my jobs in the Air Force and later, working for the Texas Prison System as a Specialist and Psychologist I did a lot of technical writing and even wrote a book on assessment and treatment for Attention Deficit Disorder. I guess you could say writing has always been a part of my life – just not writing novels. Had it not been for finding the photograph that is on page two of my first novel, I probably wouldn’t have written my novels.
Q: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
A: I think all authors; especially Indie Authors (those who have their books published by what used to be called “vanity press”) will say the hardest part is getting the word out about our works. Without blogs such as this one few readers would ever hear of our books.
Q: Do you have any advice for other writers?
A: Yes, while a constructive review of your work can be helpful, “Don’t let the bastards get you down…write what you believe and pay no attention to the nay-sayers and critics…if they were so creative they’d be writing rather than trying to rip your stuff to shreds.”
Q: Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?
A: Below are the buy links; however, I love to write back and forth with readers and you can do that on my http://immortalrelations.blogspot.com and
I’m writervampire on Facebook or
E-Mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org (the fastest way).
“Immortal Relations” is at http://amzn.com/B006ZCBT6G
“Immortal Relations, Love and War” is at http://amzn.com/B00A4IEHL6
“Immortal Relations Coming Out” is at http://www.amazon.com/dp/1481822780 (this is the print version, the Kindle version should be out soon).
Join me on Saturday when we read an excerpt from Guy’s latest work.