Meet Gary Logan (Character Interview by G.D. Ogan)
Meet Gary Logan
Character Interview by G.D. Ogan
November 22, 2015
Please tell us your name and a little about your background.
My name is Gary Logan and I am the author’s alter ego. Our lives have been intertwined and it was the discovery of the photograph that is shown on page two of the first book of the current three book series that sent me on my quest to Prague, in the Czech Republic. That photograph proves something our mother had said when we were only five years old to be true. We had heard her say things like, “He is over there with that woman” and “He has had a child with that woman!” Finding the photo with the comment on the back in a woman’s delicate handwriting, “I’ll always be waiting here” proved our father had had a tryst right after World War II while he served in Prague. This is what sent me on the trip to find out more and which resulted in my meeting Magdalena, who knew far more about father than I thought possible.
What is your greatest strength?
My love for my two vampire ladies and the Guardian Coven they invited me to become a member of. That and the knowledge I gained from my many years in the military and which has served the coven and the humans we protect so well.
What is the worst thing you ever had to do and why did you feel compelled to do it?
Shortly after I had given up my human life to become a vampire (all Guardian vampires protect humans from those who would drain them) I was forced to bite a close friend, a medical doctor and research scientist who was serving the coven doing blood research. I had only a few minutes to change him or lose him to an extremely aggressive form of Leukemia that was about to take his life. I didn’t have time for full-disclosure of what I was about to do and he thought I meant to kill him rather than let him suffer his death from Leukemia. As he lay screaming from the pain caused by the venom injected into him through my fangs, I cried. Thankfully, after he became one of us, he forgave me…but I still tear up thinking about the pain I caused him. I swore I would never change another person again. Of course it was a promise I later had to violate with another friend for a similar reason, only in this case full-disclosure was possible and he was more than willing to accept the challenge of the pain that unfortunately precedes the change.
What would you sacrifice to be with your special someone?
To be with the two vampires who changed me, Magdalena and Eviana I went through the pain caused by the venom when I gave up my human life. But what I’ve found on the other side is far more than I could have hoped for…love and fellowship of a magnitude far beyond the ability of most humans to imagine. And, as Viktor Frankl would say, “A reason for living” that of protecting innocent humans from our enemies, the blood-sucking type of vampires, human criminals and evil politicians!
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Absolutely! When I first saw Magdalena I was hopelessly in love with her and figured I was doomed to loneliness because of what I thought was the difference in our ages. She looked so much younger than I…later I was happy to find out that she was actually older than I was by about fifteen years but looked so much younger because becoming a vampire in her 30s had given her an even more youthful appearance. So she had the wisdom of age, yet the beauty of youth to add to the strength and virtual immortality that one gains with vampirism.
Born in Washington D.C. during WW-II, I attended Washington and Lee High among other schools in the area before my parents moved us to Northern California where I ran track and cross-country at Los Altos High. I received an Associate’s degree from Foothill J.C. transferring to Texas Christian University where I received my Bachelors and commission in the USAF. I did a lot of writing while in the service, was stationed in many parts of the world and received a Masters from Ball State University’s European Campus. After retiring as a major, I finished a second Masters at Hardin-Simmons University (none of these were in English or Literature as my novels will attest). I then worked in the field of psychology both in a clinical setting and with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. I live in West Texas with my wife of 47 years and our three Pomeranians. Writing and reading are a passion along with a couple of cars I have collected, a 1964 Studebaker Station Wagon and a 1966 Mustang Convertible.
When Gary Logan discovers an old black-and-white photograph of his father in Prague with a woman’s handwriting on the back, he flies there to investigate where his father worked while in Europe, only to meet and fall in love with a beautiful lady who he believes to be a vampire. In love with her, Gary is initiated into her coven of guardian vampires, beginning a journey of epic proportions.
Exciting, erotic, and full of heart-stopping action, this debut novel turns human vampire lore on its head, with a symbiotic relationship between the 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. Gary’s full vampire son helps humans to almost wipe out the evil coven, beginning the ever-increasing relationship between vampires and humans.
Probing the gray areas inherent in sexuality, family and legend, the tale examines the very nature of existence.
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 many thousands of dogs and cats each day, just because no one wants them. It always broke my heart to even 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.”