Please welcome Iyana to our blog today as we put her in the hotseat!
What’s your name and where do you come from?
Hi! My name is Iyana Jenna and I’m from Jakarta, Indonesia.
Tell us a bit about your latest release.
It’s an m/m novella titled A Home for Jesse. It’s a story of a man named Jesse who was suddenly thrown to live on the street as his roommate left him and there was no way Jesse could pay the rent by himself, not when he was only a PA on a movie set in Hollywood.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
It’s weird but I got it from seeing a scene on a TV series where a man was caught sleeping on a bench on the side of the street. I just knew that I had to write a story of a homeless man.
How do you go about creating the perfect "Swoon" worthy man?
I usually have to have a real person in my mind. Then I ‘mould’ him, physically and personality-wise, to match with the story I’m writing at the moment.
What’s your biggest turn on?
In a story? It will be angst and a man who is protective over another man.
If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
That would be a Casting Director for a movie. Cool, huh? :D
Do you have a favourite character from your books? Why are they your favourite?
It’s Jesse, the homeless guy. He’s quite angsty there. Angst is just my weakness.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I simply read my favourite stories.
How do you decide how hot or not your book is going to be?
I just let it flow whether it’s going to be hot or not because most of my stories lean more on ‘sweet.’
Is the stuff you write about from experience or mostly imagination?
Unfortunately, most of them, if not all, are just my imagination. :’)
Jesse Gray can’t get more unlucky. His roommate left him and he gets kicked out when he can’t afford the rent. Next, the owner of the fast food joint where he works part-time suddenly tells him he no longer works there. Jesse still has a job as a PA on a movie set but the pay will never be enough to afford even the cheapest room in Hollywood. There’s only one place left to stay the night -- in the park.
Trey Miller is the star on a TV series where Jesse works. They bump into each other one night while leaving the set, and Trey thinks Jesse is much too good-looking to only be a PA. When he learns of Jesse’s financial condition, he offers a place to stay at his house. Having no other options, Jesse reluctantly accepts the offer, but what’s the catch?