In the Spotlight feature kicked off in April 2015 and is an opportunity for authors, editors and publishers (basically anyone in the book industry (yes, even bloggers!)) to connect with fans. There is an option to do an interview, guest post, feature a book sale or book release or a cover reveal. Best of all, it’s free! All you need to do is click on the image to reserve your spot!
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In the Spotlight with AG Mogan
Welcome to Second Run Reviews, AG! Thank you for being In the Spotlight. I appreciate you stopping by and answering a few questions. So let’s get things started.
In a tweet (140 characters or less), tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a thirty-eight-years-old English language teacher, who made it her life mission to transform her passions-English language, history and psychology-into a successful writing career.
Please tell a bit about your journey to becoming a published author. What’s been the best things about it and the worst?
It’s been a long–sometimes difficult, sometimes rewarding–journey. I always knew I had something to tell, and I fully believed in what I was doing, even when those around me were not very supportive. When I began courting literary agents, I had my first manuscript ready and professionally edited. My hopes were very high. I queried more than 70 agents. When I began receiving rejections, I was very disappointed, yet for all that, I allowed myself only one week of disappointment. I took a deep breath and regrouped. I told myself I would self-publish and that’s what I did. I was still receiving letters of rejections from the agents I queried, long after my book was published and became a bestseller.
Tell us a bit about your latest release. What inspired you to write it? Why should fans of Second Run Reviews consider reading it.
Being passionate about history and psychology it was only natural for me to write biographical novels. My latest release is one such book. When I first heard of Adolf Hitler as a youngster, I was profoundly affected. This man was an unthinkable puzzle. To try to understand what elements pushed him beyond inhumanity further than anyone in history was a tremendous challenge. I wanted to understand all of that. What made a nice, polite boy turn into a monster? What was behind the charisma that sucked in so many millions? To what extent was he honest or deceitful? But most of all, what psychological triggers and reactions to trauma create a man like him. There are many abused children, who grow up into happy, successful human beings. What made Hitler so different from the rest
These were the factors that inspired me to first study him and then write about him. The fans of Second Run Reviews would find it educative and unique. I tried to get to the bottom of who Hitler was and I think I succeeded. It is written in his own voice, in the form of a personal journal, an in the present tense. One feels s/he is there, taking part in the historical events, sneak peeking into Hitler’s mind, “hearing” his thoughts and secrets.
What types of books do you enjoy reading the most? What three books to you find yourself recommending to your fans over and over?
I enjoy reading biographies and historical fiction, self-help and astrology books. I would always recommend Margaret George’s books for the lovers of historical fiction, and Don Miguel Ruiz’s books for those who love self-help books. As for lovers of astrology there are many good books out there but to me The portrait of the soul by Taina Ketola, is the absolute best.
What is your current obsession? Any secret obsessions you would like to share?
My obsession is writing. I don’t really do anything else, beside reading, researching and writing. Maybe eating and sleeping, but that’s all.
What is one question you wish I would have asked, that I haven’t? (And please answer it!)
I wish you would have asked me about my private life, and about the sacrifices a writer must make. I would have answered that I do not have a private life. :)) Driven as I am to make a successful writing career, I don’t have much time for anything else.
Any last thoughts or wise words you want to pass along?
I love motivating people. I would advise anyone to look less at what the world does and says, and more within himself or herself. No matter where you are from, or what the color of your skin is, remember that your dreams are always valid. And when you feel down, just remember that the only person standing between you and your glorious dreams is yourself. Become friends with yourself, and remove any impediment. Discover your deepest dream and do a little thing for it every single day. If you do so, then failure will be the only impossibility in your life.
Thank you for being In the Spotlight, AG Mogan! Good luck with your writing and your next release.
Synopsis: What happenings and environments wrought the most hated man in history? How does a child become a young man who evolved into a self-proclaimed messiah? Why did this one man become a psychotic who was responsible for the deaths of more than 50 million people?
This book follows the first, formative years of Adolf Hitler’s life. Presented as a personal journal, this is a fact-supported re-telling of a desperate existence, as viewed by Hitler, and tracks the points of pain that forged his beliefs. From a childhood of abuse and cheating death to an agonizing unrequited love to torturous years as a beggar in Vienna to finally finding his destiny. Enflamed by delusions, Hitler embraced the powers he believed guided his life.
This is a story of dire happenstances that broke a mind and spirit, created beliefs that twisted innocence, ultimately morphing into a malicious brew that changed the world forever.
This is the one story that’s never been told.