Interview with Jaeme Haviland

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in north Florida during the 1950's. I didn't realize it until much later, but the civil rights movement had a huge impact on me. I remember segregation and all the evil that entailed. I suppose that discovering the hypocrisy and duplicity embedded in every strata of society also drove me to embrace the counter-culture movement. I'm still at it today- bucking the system. Since my stories are set in the same area I knew as a youth, I feel like I have to write honestly and without nostalgia about the people and the past.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The creation of entire worlds that are both new yet completely familiar. In these worlds, anything can happen.
What is your writing process?
I'm one of those who immerse myself in the research. I need to feel at home, live the characters, see the landscape and feel the action. It also teaches me a great deal since I've written stories set not only during my lifetime, but also during the Great Depression- even the sixteenth century!
What are you working on next?
Now that Goldhead is finished, I'm working on a novel I'm calling The Haunting of George Hill. It's the story of a man embittered by the death of his only son, in what would seem to be a capricious accident. Pushing everyone and everything else away, his own demons begin to haunt him in a very physical way. Because I love history, the novel is set in the sparsely-settled Florida pine woods of 1935.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
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Published 2015-12-08.
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Books by This Author

From The First Coast
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 83,810. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
A second collection of essays and stories from north Florida
Carolina Blue
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 103,360. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Road travel, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Carolina Blue is a collection of travelogs, stories and short essays taken from the author's journal about his time in the Piedmont area of North Carolina, as well as tales from his days on the road exploring the southeastern US.