Interview with Ernest Samuel Llime

What is your writing process?
My ideas come from songs, poems, dreams and other stories. Sometimes, I read or hear something that makes my mind all over the place eventually leading to new stories. They all need lots of work, so I usually sit by my computer for 6-8 hours a day working them out. Short stories poems and songs do not need as much work as the novels do,so they get 2-3 revisions before I consider them completed. Novels take a lot longer and I usually go through them 4-5 times until I am satisfied and I do not always catch all the errors. Most of the time they are idiomatic but once in a while a spelling error slips through. The novels that I am currently working on, share a common timeline which makes it easier to keep track of the action.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
That's a tough one. I would say it was 'The Seven Li Brothers' - a Chinese folk tale I read when I was about 5 or so. I guess it put me on the long road of Fantasy and Sci-Fi. Other things from around that time would have been fairy tales by the Grimm Brother and Hans Christian Andersen.
How do you approach cover design?
I am kind of new to that. So far I like to group certain elements that remind me of the story that the cover is going to go on. I then pass it through a bunch of filters and view the results. I pick the one that grabs my fancy.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
In no particular order:
Winter's Tale by Marc Helprin
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
The Riverworld Series by Philip Jose Farmer
The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
There are elements of immortality in most of them. It is something that has fascinated since I was kid The exception ;The Book of the New Sun' in addition to a gripping tale it also challenged my knowledge of the English language.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly Sci-Fi and once in awhile the 'New Yorker' magazine.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am brand new to the market. My first novel is being processed as we speak - so to speak.
Describe your desk
Good question!
My desk is kind of narrow but I like it just so. It is about 18" x 46" and I have covered it with checkered black and white contact paper. Starting from the from the front left side,I have a desk mail caddy with vertical partitions. It contains some notepads, old pictures, postcards, pencils and pens. The postcards are nice to look at once in a while - there is a promo for the 'Abel Raises Cain' documentary, one of John and Yoko's sit-in, a 'Save the Day' for a friend's daughter's wedding, a 'Have You Next Affair in ... New York' depicting 4 very slutty and very sexy naked (painted) young ladies a black and white picture of a female tickling her nude derriere with a feather and other assorted ones. Behind the caddy there is a small djembe on top of which I usually, keep my nook and the Netgear wi-fi amplifier. Next to that, a box of tissues, a small pencil case sized box of dominoes, a round container with calendula ointment, a capo, a zoom video camera in a Converse eye-glass case, a tin of 'Neman;s Own' peppermints, a memory stick , my wallet and my phone. next to all that there is a shelf unit. On the bottom two video screes connected to my computer as well as assorted little eye-drop bottles a bunch of dice, two flashlights, a box containing a pair of cuff-links and a tie-clip, a Valentine's Day heart shaped Altoids peppermint tin, some wrapped Polish fudge candies, a Zippo, a guitar tuner, a few guitar picks, a pair of tweezers, a nail clipper a Vicks inhaler, a rubber band ball, another Zippo with the Beatles on it in a tin box and that is just about half of it. The shelf contains many other thingies, like an Italian echo effect box, a small bugle, a SnowBall USB microphone, two tins with what's left of holiday almond-roca.s, a little figurine of Ernie with a drum, one of cat-dof (or maybe it's Ren and Stimpy) a small double decker bus, a few Hennesy glasses still in their cardboard boxes, a variety of Logitec speakers, a framed picture of 15 naked females of various ages entitled 'Wedding Nr, 401' and many other little things that I just like. I have to mention that there is a metal strip screwed into the front of on of the shelves and on it the are some magnets holding a variety of pictures, amongst them 2 Madonna backstage passes - the nude ones. On the right side of the shelf I have screwed on a guitar hanger from which my trusty parlor, Seagull is hanging. In fron t of the shelf, my keyboard and to the right of that a little pad with my mouse and a dlass. I usually, keep about two fingers of Cognac or Barndy in it. It tends to evaporate oir something because I have to replenish it quite often. Right now it contains some 'Stock 84' - a quite decent Italian Brandy.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I cannot say that I ever grew up, nor do I intend to. I do however tell people that when I do, I want to be a dirty old man. I have however lived in Romania, Israel and the United States. I think that the variety of languages that I speak has influenced my world outlook as well as my writing. One of my pet projects is 'A Lexicon of Inter-Lingual Homonyms.' They pop up in a lot of my stories. Having lived in a Communist country and later serving in the IDF (Israeli Defence Force) has given me loads of material.
When did you first start writing?
As far as I remember, I first wrote a poem when I was about 9 years old. Strangely, I can still remember a couple of (very bad lines) that I do not intend to mention here. Besides they might sound better in a current translation. My next efforts would be at around 16 or so and in a different language. Not that great either. My first serious attempt that I am comfortable talking about was about 25 years ago. I was about 45 at the time and I was very excited, telling everyone about my book. They all loved it, but somehow, I lost interest. I have re-read all my notes lately and it is most certainly happening in the next coming year. 'Say Goodbye to that Old Gravestone' is book one on 'The Bulgarian Quartet' and again has to do with fighting disease and mortality. There will also be alien visitors in there.
What are you working on next?
'Fa, Sol, La, Si Forever' - the title jumped at me and sounds like a nice continuation. It is going to be the story of Sibylla and her girls. Sybilla is a Madam, a witch and the head of a very successful industrial espionage organization. Some high fructose corn syrup and advanced battery secrets will make her a lot of money. The girls are of course the courtesans working at the farm as well as member of Sibylla's coven.
Published 2015-03-18.
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Books by This Author

Pleasure, Pain and Eternity
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 24,400. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
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Pleasure, Pain and Eternity gathers to its bosom a collection of poems by Ernest Samuel Llime. As expected, a lot of them are of an erotic nature. Others however range from the whimsical, through the fantastic and all the way to the mystical realms.