A native Floridian, Jaeme published his first novella "Groundfog" in January 2013. It was followed by a collection of travel essays about his exploration of the southern Appalachian Mountains and the Carolina Piedmont in "Carolina Blue". A second collection of essays and stories were shared with readers in "From The First Coast", as Jaeme re-discovered his home state. He has also completed work on a new adventure novel, "Goldhead", which is now in pre-publication. Jaeme's latest work in progress is "The Haunting of George Hill".
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.
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.