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LOS ANGELES, July 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lola Smirnova recently released her debut novel Twisted. Smirnova is an author from Ukraine living in South Africa, who for many years worked in the sex industry. Twisted is a true life shaped into fiction story of vulnerability, courage and the art of making a living in the sex trade.
"I was inspired to write Twisted because I hope that my story can help change the common misconceptions of women working in the sex industry, victims of which usually are young inexperienced women. I want the reader to realize that these working girls are human. They dream, love or suffer the same way as anyone's girlfriend, sister or daughter," says Smirnova.
Twisted is a disturbing behind-the-scenes look at a world that most will never see. It is shocking, raw, and explicit.
In the corrupt economy of post-Soviet Ukraine, opportunities are scarce. Young and eager sisters – Natalia, Lena and Julia – harbor dreams of a better life. Naive and tempted by the allure of quick money, the girls set off on an adventure that changes their lives forever.
Can they stay out of trouble enough to fulfill their ambitions? Can they hold on to their idealism in a world where depravity and danger are constant companions? How far are they willing to go to make a buck?
"Twisted is a nightmare journey into the life of Julia, a young woman from Ukraine who, struggling for a future, follows her sister's path into the sex trade. In the post-Soviet break-up world, there is little to offer in the way of traditional jobs. Skilled doctors in the state hospitals earn a couple hundred a month, but a woman working in a cabaret, strip club, or as a call girl in one of the nearby countries can earn several thousand. All she needs to succeed is what she was born with and the ability to skillfully size up a client's needs and perform to his expectations, while trying to stay out of prison. Yet, Julia quickly learns the money comes with a price in violence, degradation, and addiction... The characters are real, dialog intoxicating, and the plot well crafted." – Gary Stout, Readers' Favorite
Smirnova is currently working on her second book – a sequel to Twisted. To learn more, go to http://lolasmirnova.com/.
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