Here’s an author interview from Guy Ogan.
Take it away, Guy…
- How did you start writing erotica?
I really didn’t consider what I was writing as erotica (seeing love and it’s physical sharing as something so beautiful – it took someone saying it was “erotic” for me to be able see it that way). Looking back, I guess “Gary” falling in love with his late father’s lover (even if she is now a vampire) as well as her daughter (also vampire) and their being a menage’ in that relationship, might give me a clue to why someone would say, “erotic.” LOL
- What’s your favorite published work of yours and why?
Since, “Immortal Relations” is my first published Vampire Romance Novel, it has to be my favorite. I love the relationships developing between all the guardian vampires as they do all they can to safeguard innocent humans (and the little dog). I think the action is non-stop and my love for the British in WW-II comes out – I’m working on the second in the series now…it looks like it will be as good or better!
- What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
Lisa Renee Jones – her Vampire Warden Series is HOT, HOT, HOT! If reading it doesn’t get someone excited, they need to check for a toe-tag, ’cause they are dead on a slab in the morgue!
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
My Attention Deficit Disorder provides sensory input in waves, inspiration can come from seeing a dog sitting with it’s young master, a bird on the wing, a rainbow, two young lovers hand-in-hand. Inspiration is all around us if we open up our eyes, ears and minds (preferably with mouths closed).
- Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
Writing late at night, when others are asleep and the house is quiet is my favorite time to turn on the computer, maybe with a cup of hot tea in the Winter or a glass of un-sweet ice tea in Summer.
- Where’s your favorite place to write?
My late mother-in-law (wonderful lady that she was – sorely missed) had a small sewing closet 4′ by 3′ that is now my refuge in which I have my computer.
- Who is your favorite character from one of your stories and why?
Magdalena Devora’k, who along with Eviana, accepts Gary Logan into their family, gets “Grandmother” leader of the Residency Coven, to approve Gary’s change to be one of the guardian vampires. The fact that she loves Gary is more than he could have ever wish for…his love for her is almost beyond words to describe.
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
I had written, “Immortal Relations” without anyone knowing, but had my wife and others proof-read it. Her reaction was that there was “too much and too descriptive sex in it” but that the story was good. My adult children (both with families), I think were somewhat shocked that I knew “those sexy words!” No one mentions the book too much when we’re together.
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
I loved history, especially World War II. Seeing how the West had almost “gone under the Nazi Boots” from lack of preparedness, I’d always wanted to be in the military and to fly. As it turned out, I did over 20 years in the United States Air Force, but only flew as a civilian pilot.
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
There is an old song (I love the old songs), “I’m in the Mood for Love,” we’ll, I’m ALWAYS in the mood to write. Unfortunately, the daily requirements of life and loved ones can force it to be put on hold, until (like mentioned above), “the house is quiet and everyone else is asleep”.
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
Not all will like your writing style or your stories, some will even write nasty reviews; don’t pay the ba—–ds any mind, write it the way you see it and let the Devil take the complainers!
- If you get writer’s block, how do you get around it?
Having had Attention Deficit Disorder all my life (where my mind is “multi-tasking” rather than paying attention to what the teacher/boss/or wife is saying) I’ve never had writer’s block. The problem for me has been trying to sort through the many, many ideas flooding my consciousness all the time!
- If you could bring one of your characters to life, which one would it be and why?
It would have to be “Grandmother” who is the leader of the Residency Coven. If she existed, then the coven would exist and Gary’s sweet Maggie and Evy would be there waiting for him! A future among those wonderful, loving, immortals, and having their mission of safeguarding innocent humans, would be as close to Heaven as Gary could ever ask for!
- Which author, erotic or otherwise would you love to meet and why?
Tom Clancy, his writing style and the devotion of his characters to safeguarding world peace literally bring forth tears when I read “Debt of Honor”, “Executive Orders” and “The Bear and the Dragon.” May God Bless and Protect the Jack Ryan, John Clark, Domingo Chavez and Robbie Jackson types of this world (they are out there, usually unknown, and unseen, in the cold; they stand guard over the sleeping multitudes, and wear the uniforms of many freedom loving peoples – never forget to thank them in your prayers)!
- What’s your favorite genre within erotica and why?
It has to be the Supernatural genre, because the heroes in these can do fantastic things to safeguard their charges, while showing greater endurance in love making (I always want good to triumph over evil)!
- What are you working on at the moment?
The second book in the “Immortal Relations” series. The main title will remain the same, but with a sub-title underneath.
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
Not all my writing has been fictional. While working in the field of Criminal Justice, I wrote a program for Maximum Security Inmates to try and help them break the cycle of Victim Stance Thinking, Criminal Actions to Take What They Wanted and Drug Use to Facilitate the Actions and Tamp Down Any Guilt. A freed inmate, who had done the program, saw me years later and said it changed his life (so for him, it worked).
- What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
Not all my writing has been fictional. Other than the Criminal Justice Program, I wrote emergency procedures while in the military that answered all the disaster and combat scenarios I could think of for our base (what to do, who to call, etc.). These were complete and allowed our troops to successfully do those things the headquarters inspection team wanted, the team was so impressed, they sent copies to all bases so they could use them in preparing their own procedures.