Jaime Johnesee is an author, artist, zoologist, and medically retired zookeeper. She began her publishing journey in 2012 by self-publishing a collection of short stories titled, Oh, the Horror.
After which, she published a collection of novelettes and novellas starring her character, Bob the Zombie, previously uploaded in weekly installments on her website in 2009.
Soon after, Oh, the Horror, was picked up by audiobook publisher Cherry Hill Publishing. Met with initial success in the publishing world, Jaime became excited and worked to further hone her craft.
It wasn't long before her short stories started being accepted to anthologies alongside some of her teenagehood heroes. Living out her childhood literary dreams, her short stories were accepted to books like Masters of Horror, Man Behind the Mask, Deadly Eleven, Treasured Chests, Painted Mayhem, Dead Harvest, Bah Humbug, VS:X US vs UK (A judged head to head in which she beat out some of her favorite American extreme horror icons to win Best US Story), as well as many others.
While expanding her first Samantha Reece novella into a novel, Jaime also began working as project manager for Devil Dog Press on The Revelations series. This was a project where she and her extremely talented co-authors (Lisa Lane and Christine Sutton) worked extremely hard to pull off a seamless trilogy of novels that read as though they were written by a single person.
In a first within the horror field, all three authors worked on all three books together as one voice. The project was deemed successful when a panel of people, including the editor, unanimously agreed they were shocked to find out each book had been written by three people and not the single pseudonym they'd been given.
She is currently authoring her series, Samantha Reece Mysteries–as well as other projects–for the amazing publisher, Devil Dog Press. Jaime was recently added to their roster as a Mentor, helping new and veteran authors find their feet and move through writer's block.
She can occasionally be found working with her husband, Chris, at their remodeling company, Johnesee and Sons, along with their two boys.
In her spare time, she enjoys creating art, baking, and runs a tarot channel on YouTube at Jaime Johnesee Tarot.
Be sure to follow her on social media or email her at Zookeeper829@gmail.com with any questions, she loves hearing from you!