Hey all! I met today's guest through Armand Rosamilia's Summer of Zombie tour in 2014. Since then I've enjoyed coming up in the trenches with her, and was excited to see she would be at Scares That Care Weekend last year. I was worried that she might not know who I was, but when I went to go meet her after one of her panels she jumped into my arms and told me I was "good people." So, yeah, if you want to know how to score a place in my heart, that's how. Anyways, enough of my prattling. Let's meet her and dive right into the interview.
About Jaime Johnesee:
Jaime Johnesee lives in Michigan with her husband and two sons. She spent fourteen years as a zookeeper before shifting her focus to writing full time. Known for her horror comedy series, BOB THE ZOMBIE, she is also currently authoring the paranormal horror series SAMANTHA REECE MYSTERIES for Devil Dog Press.
SK: What are your horror credentials?
JJ: Well, I lived a lot of horror in my life. Been raped, beaten more times than I can count, had two parasites (My beloved children) grow inside me, was mauled by a St Bernard, been face to face with tigers, lions, bears, and penguins. I’ve faced down and gotten over my fears of heights, spiders, and cockroaches.
SK: Who or what terrifies you?
SK: Are there unique challenges to being a woman in horror or do you feel like gender is irrelevant?
SK: Who are your favorite female horror icons?
JJ: I’d have to say Mary Shelley tops the list followed by Shirley Jackson, Anne Rice, Tanith Lee, Yvonne Navarro, Ellen Datlow, and Lisa Manetti.
SK: What are you working on/promoting currently? Why should folks check it out?
JJ: I am currently working on the third book in my SAMANTHA REECE Mystery Series. I’m really enjoying combining the usual FBI mystery with the supernatural world I’ve created, hopefully they will too.
This detective's got an ace up her sleeve in the form of her ability to shift into the guise of a were panther. As she tracks down the cold-hearted murderer she also has to contend with an anti-shifter group determined to destroy her.
Not to mention the black jaguar who turned her decides to come sauntering back into her life.