1. Do you write a single genre or do your fingers flow over the keys creating tales in many forms? Does your reading choices reflect your writing choices? Are there genres you wouldn’t attempt?
Answer: All three of my currently available series are of what I call the Paranormal-Action genre'. I will turn the second part of the question around in that my favorite genre' for reading is also in the paranormal (specifically about vampires who have redeeming social value vs. the wanton killer types - paranormal doesn't mean the same as horror...I don't like horror!)
2. Heroes, Heroines, Villains. Which are your favorite to write? Does one of these come easy and why?
Answer: He roes and Heroines are the main characters in my books...it is their job to defeat the evil in this world (of which there is far too much). My military background makes writing about heroes and heroines more worthwhile than writing about the evil characters. Having worked as an Associate Clinical Psychologist in the prison system I prefer describing good rather than evil.
3. Heroes. How do you find them? Do pictures, real life or plain imagination create the man you want every reader to love? Do they come before the plot or after you have the idea for the story?
Answer: My characters as well as their stories come to me in various ways, in my dreams, day-dreams, or while I am writing. Regardless of how my characters come to me I feel that I serve a a scribe to record their stories. And yes, I get a visual image of who they are, what they look like as well a the actions they are describing to me. My initial male hero, if that is what you wish to call him, Gary has my own military training and knowledge so he is my alter-ego and performs they way I would hope I would if circumstances worked out as in the stories.
4. Heroines. How do you find them? Do pictures, real life or imagination create the woman you want the reader to root for? Do they appear before the plot or after you have the idea for the story?
Answer: As previously stated for heroes my characters come to me in vivid dreams, daydreams and as they recount their stories, call it imagination if you wish. Magdalena and Eviana came to me as part of Gary's story and what happened to Gary's family is actually what happened in the case of my own father (see page one and two of the first book, "Immortal Relations" the picture is on page two, http://amzn.com/B006ZCBT6G and can be seen by all in those first pages when visiting the book's amazon address.
5. Villains or villainesses or an antagonist, since they don’t always have to be the bad guy or girl. They can be a person opposed to the hero’s or heroine’s obtaining their goal. How do you
choose one? How do you make them human?
Answer: All of my heroes and heroines as well as the villains either are or were at one time, human. Some of the most interesting parts of their stories (in my opinion) is when we find out what caused them to become vampires. Those who become evil vampires had a predisposition toward aggression, if not outright evil. Their lack of morality when it comes to caring for others seems to be their hallmark. Others, specifically Vlad Dracula, had no one to train him on proper vampire behavior. Locked away in prison, he had no way of dealing with the "thirst" other than the way he did. It took the guidance of his second wife to turn him away from evil (as discussed in the third book). The greatest evil in the books is not found in vampires but in human governments that have no regard for those whose freedom they seek to trample on!
6. What is your latest release? Who is the hero, heroine and or the villain?
Answer: My third book in the series, "Immortal Relations Coming Out" http://amzn.com/B00G5BQS18 is my latest release. In my latest release, the heroes are not only my good vampires but the good citizens of a small town in Southern Canada who lovingly accept and support them. Conversely, the villains are found in totalitarian world governments. Some of them are members of the current regime in Washington D.C. who prove to neither respect their Constitution or the lives of others (some who wear rose-colored-glasses won't appreciate this story).
7. What are you working on now?
Answer: A switch from the paranormal, but still in the fiction category. I'm writing a story about an eight-year-old, her grandfather and a friend who travel back through time to see the dinosaurs. It's not a "See Spot run, see Dick chase Spot, see Jane chase after both" type children's story. There is scientific theory, action (running from dinosaurs) and shooting, it's for more mature children.
8. How can people find you?
Blog: same as above website
Twitter: Guy Ogan on Twitter
Facebook: Guy Ogan on Facebook