Ernesto San Giacomo


Ernesto San Giacomo was born and raised on Staten Island, the forgotten borough of New York City. He spent part of his working life in retail management, and the rest of it teaching high school – and surprisingly still has his sanity. Ernesto married a military woman and moved to San Antonio a few years ago, leaving behind his teaching career and everything he’s ever known. Having always been the creative type, he took up a new career as an author.

Ernesto’s short stories tend to focus on the dark side of American culture, but the underlying themes hold true for societies around the globe. As human beings, we all experience wants, joys, sorrows, and regrets, and have views of how things ought to be. Ernesto enjoys exploring what happens when the ways in which we deal with those emotions and worldviews are taken to extremes.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always been a fan of do-it-yourself projects. When I first got into writing, I was horrified that traditional publishers take so long to accept or reject your work. And you can only submit to one at a time! As an indie author I have total control, and can accomplish things on my own schedule, without waiting on judgment from some far-away office.
What is your writing process?
Ideas come from strange places, and I never know when something good is going to spark my imagination. If an idea grabs hold of me, I'll form the story in my head, and then get the first draft down as quickly as possible, so I don't lose any of it. Then I'll spend a lot of time with my editor before presenting it to a critique group, and sometimes a few trusted beta readers. With their input, my editor and I put the final polish on the piece before putting it out for the public.
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Where to find Ernesto San Giacomo online


Ragged Souls: 3 Tales of the Holy, the Strange, and the Bizarre
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,580. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
In these pages, you’ll find angels, demons, doppelgangers, murderers, mummies, a healthy dose of the surreal, and a glimpse of the tantalizing world beyond human senses. This collection’s cold-blooded murderers, spirits made flesh, and characters teetering on the edge of reality are sure to entertain – and to haunt your dreams at night.
Price: Free! Words: 4,810. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
In this short story, explore the mind of a man in the grip of an obsession so intense that reality has faded from his consciousness. His fixation on Gematria leads him to a terrifying place where memories and thoughts become his only tools in the search for truth.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,260. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
In this short story, Kurt Williams has spent the last twenty years as a Libertarian refugee from a collapsing society. On his return to civilization, what he finds is nothing short of devastating. In an America where big government has run amok and nearly everything is outlawed, will his defiance and courage be enough to restore sanity?

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