Todays interview is of super cool chick- Jaime Johnesee. famous for her
blue hair, her amazing Bob the Zombie series and just generally being
an awesome human being!
This is definitely one fierce queen you need to get to know more of...
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 bestselling horror comedy series, Bob the Zombie, she is also currently coauthoring the paranormal horror series, Revelations, as well as her Samantha Reece series for Devil Dog Press.
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What do you do when you’re not writing about the end of days or things that go bump in the night?
JJ: I read about the end of days and things that go bump in the night. I have two young sons and they—and their menagerie—keep me pretty busy too.
Tell me about your latest book, something unusual if possible.
JJ: My most recent releases are my books Cast in Shadow, the third of the Revelations Trilogy, and Shifters; my very first standalone novel.
Revelations was cool because my coauthors and I had to find and maintain a singular voice throughout three books. I can’t think of many triauthor collaborations that go past a single book let alone get to all three. I’m pretty proud of it, Lisa and Christine were great to work with.
Book Blurb, Cover & Excerpt
When a serial killer begins leaving remains of victims in hotel bathtubs all over town FBI Agent Samantha Reece makes it her business to stop him.
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.
DOING HIS BEST TO NOT CONTAMINATE THE CRIME SCENE, Officer Joshua Hahn vomited into a plastic bag as I stood busy looking over the remains that was making the poor newbie blow chunks. When I say remains, I’m not trying to be polite; the body had been left shredded and broken in a bathtub.
The largest shard of bone found on this case had been a three-inch piece of femur. What lay before me looked more like cheap ground beef with a ton of gristle.
I decided that I probably wouldn’t be eating cheeseburgers anytime soon.
Looking at the morgue tech, I asked, “Same as the last two?”
“Looks like it to me, but I can’t say for certain until we get this mess back to the lab.” The tech continued ladling the remains into a five-gallon bucket.
I shuddered to think about how bad the doc was going to have it once those remains made it to the morgue. I sure as hell wouldn’t want to sift through all that masticated meat. Which, regrettably, is exactly what it was. Someone had eaten parts of the victims and spat some of the meat into the tub. Lab tests showed teeth marks on the bone and flesh samples from both of the other bodies we’d collected.
Unfortunately, the case hadn’t caught FBI attention until Hahn ran the details for the second scene through ViCAP, the Bureau’s database that tracks and correlates information on violent crime—and one of the tools I was most thankful for. I was even more thankful when they added supernatural status to the case reports. Though a rare event, this kind of red flag helped us to keep track of supernatural-related crimes while making sure the assigned team had the right skills to bring down the unsub, regardless of species.
When Hahn made the connection and called the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division where I work, we saw the links he’d connected were sound and kept an eye on ViCAP for another body.
The pictures from the first two scenes had been horrific, but actually standing here with the remains of his latest kill, the horror was tenfold.
“Have you guys come across anything else in the room?” I was really hoping for a break in the case.
“Nope, though the crime scene guys said there are prints everywhere, just like the other two scenes.” The tech continued ladling as he spoke and I felt my own stomach start to lurch. “Hopefully they’ll yield some results.”
“This guy is a fucking monster.” I have a tendency to speak my mind.
What are you working on next and when can we expect it?
JJ: I’m working on the second book in the Samantha Reece series as well as a spin off from Revelations called Revelations Mysteries. Christine Sutton and I are working on the first in that series right now. I’m also reworking a novel I wrote a long time ago. My character Bob stems from there and I’m looking forward to people meeting the rest of his world. I’m hoping the second Sam book will be out this summer.
What makes you want to write about dystopia/the apocalypse and/or horror?
JJ: It helps me deal with my demons.
Are you a prepper with an apocalypse plan in place, or are you just going to wing it?
JJ: I do have a general plan in place but I think you also have to be flexible.
What’s your apocalypse/horror theme song?
JJ: I don’t have one but I’d like to think it’d be something like Pinky and The Brain’s.
When writing do you outline or fly by the seat of your pants!?
JJ: I do a bare bones outline and fill it in by the seat of my pants. ^_^
What was the last book you read, and what is the next one lined up?
JJ: The last book I read was Nameless by Mercedes Murdock Yardley and the next one is Priceless by Shannon Mayer. I’m in the midst of a girl-power badass female protagonist craving.
If you could collaborate with any other indie author, who would it be?
JJ: There are so many I’d love to work with I don’t think I could name just one. I’d really love to get a few more multiauthor projects going.
Happy reading my book whores
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