Please give Iyana Jenna a warm welcome on today's #TNTConfidential 12 Days of Christmas- day 7. It's cold outside!
What is your favorite thing about the Holidays?
My favorite thing about the Holidays - I think it will be the memory of those times when I was little. The songs I heard from all the places in this small city I spent my childhood, Christmas trees I saw through the windows in the houses along the streets, the cookies and berry drinks I got from the houses I visited. I really loved those times.
What inspired you to write your book?
I wrote a small snippet about a man asking for a boyfriend from God. This story is kind of the answer to that snippet and the idea came a part from the title. My sister told me about this movie with the same title and I was interested in writing a story using that title. Mind you, I didn't watch the movie. I don't know what it's about until now.
Share a Holiday anecdote with the readers
I'm afraid I don't have any Holiday anecdotes. I just remember that our family always got a lot of cakes when I was a kid. Cakes were all over our house even on my bed. We shared and gave the cakes to neighbors and other people but I always asked my mom to spare the soft and juicy fruit cake. I loved that one!
Cold, injured, and afraid his ex-boyfriend will come find him, Oliver chooses instead to run away from the hospital and hide in his cabin on Christmas Day. Little does he know that Santa Claus and the Big Boss will drop a surprise for him through his fireplace. The surprise's name is Derek.
Iyana lives in Jakarta, a city famous for its traffic jams, a lot of cars and motorcycles, and people selling stuff on the roads. You can spend two hours on the road going to a place you can reach in half an hour in a normal situation. Thanks to the traffic jams, though, Iyana can come up with a lot of stories, mostly shorties, as she prefers to spend the time during her trips writing into her cell phone rather than sleeping.
Another thing Iyana loves is kitties. Right now she has five of them. Their names are Larva, Nyil, Cil, Mermood, and Horus. When she doesn’t write, she plays with them, or they would play with her when she writes.