When You’re a Stranger by Akash Justin Ovian

Rodney is an unemployed graduate who was recently evicted by his landlord. He believes his life is being crushed under the anxiety caused by his education loan. He finds comfort and strength in his chronic alcoholism and strongly holds on to his crystallized idea that love is nothing but a fancy word used by society to rationalize the raw animalistic drive of sexual attraction.

Prisha is a passionate street artist who relies on sensuality and marijuana to channel her creative energies. She is also a lesbian who is struggling to define her identity in an evolving but insensitive generation of human beings.

When these two people meet over a dangerous dance of whiskey and vodka, they begin to discover the complicated art of forgetting the past and ignoring the future. It doesn’t take long for their stubborn faith in the predictability of life to change into a painful pursuit of affection, belonging, and sexual identity.

Targeted Audience: 18-40

Author Bio:
Akash Justin Ovian was born in Bangalore, India and began writing fiction at the age of seven. He has spent several years studying the roles of egotistic thought and self-gratification in human relationships. He harbors unquenchable passions for Beat Poetry, Eastern Philosophy, and Indian spirituality. His work ranges from eccentric beat poetry to, what he terms, ugly romantic fiction. He is a sincere advocate for the liberty of the human spirit and reflects it, uncompromisingly, in each of his works.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I missed my train one winter morning when I was traveling from Indiana to Wisconsin. I noticed that there were five others who missed the train and were stranded in the station along with me. I suddenly noticed how alienated people are from each other. I came to see how disconnected we feel from strangers and how many times we miss such important opportunities to meet wonderful people in our lives. The entire novel came rushing into my mind as I managed to reach Wisconsin by the end of that day. I told myself that I will write something that can depict the adventures that people can find when they loosen themselves and open up to strangers.

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Book Description
Nobody wants to talk about them, but there are events that occur in our lives that become deep dark secrets we hold inside. And they dramatically influence who we are and how we experience the world.

Such is the case for seventeen year-old Nicky Young who was raised by an alcoholic father and disengaged mother. While Nicky tries to make her way into the world she is confronted by the demons of her dysfunctional and sometimes violent upbringing.

As a young child, Nicky witnesses her older sister having her head slammed into a bowl of creamed corn by her father and then yanks his belt from the loops of his pants and begins to relentlessly beat her sister. It is experiences like this that ravage her self-esteem and make trusting men next to impossible…until at 17, Nicky meets Ryan Tilton, a high profile professional baseball player eight years her senior, who expresses an interest in her.
While she is interested in Ryan, Nicky questions his ulterior motive for wanting to be with an inexperienced girl. Is this man a scoundrel or does he genuinely care about her? Nicky is torn between protecting her vulnerable heart and wanting to trust Ryan and develop a relationship. Ryan brings his own demons to the party – losing his father at the age of fourteen, his early fame and a sexual partner from his past who will not leave him alone.

Will their young, uncertain love be enough to help them open their hearts and experience intimacy they both crave so deeply or is Nicky and Ryan on a collision course for failure?

Loosely based on the author’s life growing up in San Francisco, this inspired work of fiction deals with the disturbing secrets siblings share, the dance between love and protecting one’s heart, and the innate desire to connect with another even when it means risking everything.

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