Illimani Ferreira 

Trial of the Bull, fiction, Issue 47, June 15, 2019



I'm a Brazilian writer currently based in the United States with an academic background in social sciences, a professional background in social services and a social background of extreme awkwardness and bear gaiety.

Get to know Illimani...


Gen-Xers tend to assume that I'm a millennial and millennials tend to assume I'm a Gen-Xer.

When did you start writing?

When I was a kid in the late 80s and early 90s I would type mystery booklets on my dad's typewriter and sell it to visitors, so I could buy candy. I was very excited when I discovered that I could make twice the profit after I found my parent's stash of carbon paper, although I still blame myself today for not putting some of the money on the side to photocopy the booklets and scale up production.

When and what and where did you first get published?

My high-school published a short-story I wrote in the 90s. In 2002 I received a government grant from my home state of Goiás to publish my first novella, Vazão.

Why do you write?

I'm sure it’s not true for everybody else, or at least not evident for all, but when I look back, the heights of my life were those bittersweet moments that, no matter how small and fleeting they were, made life wholesome and emotionally validated. Writing allows me to explore those moments, including the ones I may never experience but through my imagination and/or empathy.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy?

I write Science Fiction because I need to use my own eyes to look up to the heights and down to the abyss of potential human experience.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story?

Victor Hugo. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. One day I will write a version set in space.

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?

"Due to unwanted yet foreseen technical issues, our delivery operations for big, warm, fuzzy hugs are permanently suspended. Please query the person standing next to you on the availability of a new batch from a different provider."

Do you blog?

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