This is the official blog of Winna Efendi, author of several bestselling Indonesian novels.

Kamis, 27 Agustus 2009

Pemenang Kontes #3 dan #4

Setelah telat seminggu *maap!!*, pemenang kontes TREAT YOURSELF dan TREAT A FRIEND diumumkan juga. Jreng jrengg.... drumrolls.

Pemenang kontes #3 alias TREAT A FRIEND adalah Regina yang ingin memberikan novel Ai kepada sahabatnya, Monica.

Pemenang kontes #4 alias TREAT YOURSELF adalah Lifang.

Kedua pemenang akan mendapatkan novel Ai yang sudah ditandatangani :) novelnya akan kukirim ke alamat masing-masing paling lambat minggu depan ya.. Selamattt!

*mikir ide baru buat kontes lain ahh* :P

Senin, 17 Agustus 2009

Pemenang Kontes #1 dan #2

Berhubung kedua kontes sudah ditutup, saya akan mengumumkan pemenangnya :)


Novel ketiga saya sudah resmi dinamakan. Judul yang dipilih oleh penerbit adalah REFRAIN. Karena itu, pemenang kontes #1 saya pilih berdasarkan favorit dan yang memenuhi syarat ya :)

Pemenangnya adalah: Alexa Fia dari Jakarta, yang mengusulkan judul Dream on Your Song

Kontes #2: KISS AND TELL

Banyak yang sudah mengemail saya dengan kisah mereka.. fiuh, bingung memilih karena semuanya seru.. tapi karena harus memilih satu, pemenangnya adalah: Lyna dari Denpasar

Selamat untuk kedua pemenang... novel ketiga saya beserta 1 surprise akan dikirimkan ke alamat masing-masing. Pemenang akan dihubungi via email. Karena novel ketiga belum terbit, hadiah baru bisa dikirim setelah saya mendapatkan bukunya dari penerbit (maaf ya nggak bisa langsung..).

Terima kasih buat semua yang udah berpartisipasi yaa.. dan kontes TREAT A FRIEND juga TREAT YOURSELF masih berlangsung sampai tanggal 20 Agustus lhoo :)

Sabtu, 08 Agustus 2009

Upcoming and Anticipated Movies

A few movies I can't wait to see:

The Last Airbender

I have yet to watch the entire animation series but have watched a few and loved them. There's something creative about the whole series, and the animation is really lovely. They're casting Dev Patel, the star of Slumdog Millionaire, Jackson (Jasper from Twilight!) and a few newcomers for the live action movie. The boy who plays Aang looks very much like the animation character does :) Plus, M Night Shyamalan is directing!!


My favorite young adult book by Wendelin van Draanen made into a movie. I wish they're making Stargirl and Love, Stargirl too! This movie is about a girl who is slightly obsessed with Bryce, her neighbor. Bryce, on the other hand, tries to avoid her dutifully, and might just be intimidated by her quirkiness. This is a nice story of love and friendship.

Shutter Island

I always love pyschological thrillers such as this. Just saw the trailer the other day and thought it might be interesting, even though the whole movie's review will depend almost entirely on how the ending turns out. Even if it's disappointing, let's hope the process of watching is enjoyable and scary.

My Sister's Keeper

One of my favorite Jodi Picoult's books, although I like the Pact and Nineteen Minutes better. I hope they're making Nineteen Minutes the movie soon, it'll be heartbreaking and very complicated, bringing back painful memories of school shootings that have happened a few years back. The Pact and the Tenth Circle are already made into movies, so fingers crossed. I am pretty happy they're casting Abigail Breslin instead of the Fanning sisters, and that (SPOILERS, but I'm going to make it subtle) -- they're altering some parts of the book.

the Book Thief

Ah. I was blown away by the book. Much like The Boy in Striped Pajamas, I have a feeling the movie is going to be beautiful. I hope they're casting a newcomer for the part of Liesel. Can't wait! This is coming out in 2010-2011, I suppose?

Crossing Over

I've already seen the trailer. It looks neat. The dillema, the complication, and various related characters. Overall I'm happy to see old faces back - Harrison Ford, Jim Sturgess, Ashley Judd, and a few rather new faces.


This is a Korean disaster movie. I think this might be the first one for Korea, since Japan has its own Sinking of Japan.. starring the much-missed Ha Ji Won, this movie has already hit box office. It's gonna be interesting, I can tell.


This is supposed to be a musical. Nicole Kidman, Marion Cottilaard, amongst others.

Coco Avant Chanel

Audrey Tautou as Coco Chanel. There hasn't been a lot of good fashion movies lately, so this one must be it. I'm happy they're casting Tautou instead of Keira Knightley, and that this is a French movie.. I haven't seen one for ages :)

What about you? What's your version of upcoming, anticipated movies?

Jumat, 07 Agustus 2009

More contests to win autographed copies!

Iseng mau bikin kontes lagi ah, sekalian buat ngerayain naik cetaknya Ai :) thanks buat semua temen-temen yang bikin kesampean..

Contest nomor 1 FIND THE PERFECT TITLE masih belum bisa diumumkan pemenangnya (walau sudah ada calon juara), karena penerbitannya agak diundur berhubung masih mencari judul yang tepat dan belum diputuskan judul mana yang akan dipilih.. Contest nomor 2 KISS AND TELL masih berlangsung hingga 15 Agustus, jadi bagi yang mau ikutan masih ada waktu :)

Bukan berarti nggak ada pemenangnya ya untuk kontes sebelumnya.. jadi jangan ragu ikutan kontes lagi, iseng-iseng berhadiah :D


Suka novel Ai dan pengen ngasih Ai ke temen, pacar, atau someone special? Pengen kasih surprise manis buat seseorang?

Treat a friend to a book - saya akan mengirimkan 1 novel Ai yang sudah ditandatangani, gift-wrapped, berserta pesan khusus dari kamu untuk sang penerima - be it a love letter, a thank you note, anything! kepada seseorang yang ditunjuk oleh satu pemenang kontes ini. Caranya gampang kok, cuma kirimkan email berisi alasan kenapa kamu ingin memberikan Ai kepada orang tersebut.

Kirim emailnya ke: winna.efendi@gmail.com sebelum tanggal 20 Agustus 2009 :)

Kepingin menghadiahi diri sendiri novel Ai? Boleh kok.. CONTEST #4: TREAT YOURSELF, cukup kirimkan email jawaban atas pertanyaan:

- Karakter mana yang paling kamu sukai dalam buku Ai dan kenapa?
- Apa yang paling kamu suka, dan tidak suka, dari novel Ai?

Kirimkan ke winna.efendi@gmail.com
1 pemenang akan mendapatkan paket berisi novel Ai yang sudah ditandatangani :)

Semua kontes berlaku untuk daerah Sumatra-Jawa-Kalimantan-Sulawesi saja ya.. terima kasihh..

Kamis, 06 Agustus 2009


Let’s say we’ve never met. Let’s say you, or I, never bought a ticket that brought us to a fateful day. Fateful. I scowl at the word; it sounded so corny, and I don’t like being called that.

But let’s say I was never there, on a small red bus to Tokyo, along with twenty other over-enthusiastic tourists in Hawaiian shirts and straw hats.

I was minding my own business. You were, too, slouching and leaning against the cracked window, your sunglasses perched down on your nose. Your skin was too tan, your face too plain, that at first I did not take notice. And then you took off those glasses and looked straight at me.

I didn’t expect you to smile. I let you glance at me and formulate a first impression, as I was doing the same thing. My stomach lurched out of habit, and it was not because of the breakfast I missed.

I didn’t invite you to sit on my chair the next time we were on the wheels again, after a lengthy and fussy toilet stop. You smiled easily and said hi. I was flustered but I knew I did not look so clumsy. I just looked at you, and when you did not make an apologetic gesture or go away, we started talking.

It was easy talking to you. We had nothing in common, for that I was glad. You were a stranger on a strange trip, something I took out of sheer insanity. I did not plan on being fired. I did not plan on going to Japan. I did not plan meeting you.

You called me a misantrophe. I knew what the word meant. Dislike of people in general. Maybe that is true, I never really have a fondness for people. But the grace with which you said that made me smile, as if it was a joke.

Jokes are often the truth, though.

We spent nights in bars at Ginza, slugging down overpriced cocktails until I began laughing uncontrollably. You told me I loosened up, and I laughed more. At least I remembered that part, and the part in which I desperately wanted to kiss you – wrap my fingers around yours – ripped off your clothes – uncharacteristic thoughts that made me blush in shame.

We just talked, though. Spent the night in my hotel room, just talking under warm blankets. The warm air suited my mood. Sometimes you said something funny, and I remembered not having laughed in a very long time. Sometimes I was able to say my own jokes out loud.

I wasn’t myself, but I didn’t let you see that. Who knew, that girl back there might have been the girl I was deep inside, whom I never let out in public.

You were the best thing that happened to me that year. Between losing a job I was in for five years, between finding out my life was a big fat lie, you were the only thing good, even if just for ten days.

We did say goodbye, though. You were waving kind of sadly at me. I was smiling, but let that smile be my sadness. You took your duffel bag and slung it over your shoulder, looked back twice, before disappearing into the crowd. I turned on my heels, never looked back, poof, a shadow in your past.

Let’s say we’ve never met. Let’s say you, or I, never became friends.

Misantrophe. The word hangs in the air. I smile. And remember you.

6 August 2000 - inspired by the song in Lock and Key, a word I looked up in the dictionary

Rabu, 05 Agustus 2009

Everything about writing, I learn from Roald Dahl

I do, indeed.

When I was eleven, I read my first real novel in the school library. The book title was pale yellow, with an illustration of a long haired girl sitting on a stack of books. That was the story of Matilda, one of Roald Dahl's bestselling books, also my all time favorite. I remember photocopying the book to document it, and then buying an English copy for myself. When I lived in KL, I bought most of his books and read the rest in my school library. Oh, how I loved his stories.

I read a book he wrote about how to become an author, excerpted in his Chocolate book (which really smelled of delicious cocoa). He mentioned a good writer should have a good sense of humor (don't take yourself so seriously), and you must be a perfectionist (edit, edit). Plus, the discipline to do it all. I think he's right.

I was older when I read his anthology of short stories, the Umbrella Man. It was so beautiful. I lost the book when I lent it to a friend, though. The stories were very weird, in some way, but just so amazing. They were quirky, they were fun to read. I could practically see the man's logic being twisted this way or another, creating something jus simply... brilliant.

The man is brilliant.

I was rereading Matilda the other day. I loved every second and bit of it. I practically had some lines memorized without meaning to. Till today, he's still my most favorite author :)