Kiran Gogana is a junior at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy and a part-time employee at Jamba Juice. She’s also the author of the newly published novel “A Love Story.”
Reading is one of Gogana’s favorite hobbies. She reads every single day, mostly romance novels. Her favorite love story is “Romeo and Juliet.” That play, written in the 1500’s by William Shakespeare, inspired her to create her own love story about pride, duties, her Indian culture, and how love conquers all.
“I read everyday,” said Gogana. “I loved reading “Romeo and Juliet.” Their story is so rare and it’s so special. I thought that if I were to write my own book it should be based on their story.”
Gogana began to write her first novel in December of 2008 as a freshman at PMSA. She finished the book in March 2009, and after talking with her parents, Gogana used resources from PMSA’s library to search for publishing companies interested in her project.
She also got three of her close friends at PMSA involved. PMSA juniors Patty Graff and Frida Sanchez edited her novel. PMSA junior Crystal Galloway was the illustrator.
“I was talking with Patty, Frida, and Crystal one morning in the cafeteria,” said Gogana. “I was telling them about my book. Then they agreed to help. When I finished, I was like wow. I’ve got to get this published. So I got approval from my parents. Then I began to look for publishers.”
Trafford Publishing published “A Love Story” in November 2009. It is now available online at amazon.com. Gogana says this novel is the first of more to come.
Congratulations Kiran, Patty, Frida, and Crystal! Keep up the great work.
About the Book: Ruby is blessed with the perfect home, a wonderful loving dad, and an awesome best friend name Pooja. On top of all that, she is in her last year of college at the age of 17. One day, Ruby’s father, Raj, tells Ruby that his good friend is coming for the one week Kapoor Party that Raj gives every year. In excitement, Ruby and Pooja go shopping for new outfits. Night comes and Ruby is left alone, waiting for a bus to come. While waiting, Ruby gets harassed by a group of goons and is forced to hide in an old warehouse. There, she gets saved by a boy named Shia. During the one week Kapoor party, Shia and Ruby fall in love and plan to be with each other forever. Then, one day, Ruby’s dad makes an announcement on stage. He tells everyone that Ruby is going to get engaged to a boy that Ruby doesn’t love. Now Ruby has to choose. Will she succumb to her father’s wishes or will she go against everyone to follow her heart?