Arrian’s Lion is the story of twenty-one year old Jay Holsley, the bastard son to Arrian’s king, who feels that no matter how hard he works to better his social circumstances, he has been doomed to suffer in this life from the moment sin gave it to him. He knows himself and what he desires to be, but he does not know how to survive as himself in a world of predators and prey. He is a man, but he fancies men. Yet the worst part is, his best friend is a man who fancies him. As it turns out, that’s the best part, too. Jay just needs something to push him out of his own way, and fortunately for him, fate uses his tendencies for inner conflict to oblige.
Best described as historical fiction, Arrian's Lion tackles murder mystery, adventure, family saga, relationship troubles, social class, mental health, and LGBTQ+ characters beyond the point of "coming out." As someone who copes with the toils of life through writing (identifying with many of the themes above), A.J. hopes that Arrian's Lion will connect with a young/new adult audience to amplify the voices of real life Jays, Kits, Daphnes, and more.