Ernest Samuel Llime was born in Bucharest, Romania where he spent his first 14 years going to school and learning how to be a young commie atheist. He comes from a Transylvanian Jewish family with roots in some parts of Russia. His first language was Hungarian and eventually he managed to learn some others. He spent 14 years in Israel where he finished high school and served in the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) - an organization that turned him into a tank commander and managed to put him in one during a couple of wars.
He has been living in New York City for the past 40 or so years, where he worked as a Computer Tech Support Specialist in addition to playing in various rock bands as well as a few ethnic combos. He still takes his guitar out once in a while to open mic nights and the odd paying gig. He has been happily married to his second wife for the past 14 years - from his first wife he has four children who in turn begot nine grandchildren so far.
Ernest has been telling stories for a long time now, whether in prose, poetry and music and he is a winner of the StarkLight Short Story Contest.
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.
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.