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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Author Interview- J.J. DiBenedetto

Happy Thursday readers.

Please join with me in welcoming author J.J. DiBenedetto to the 

J.J. recently reached the huge milestone of 10,000 sales!

Congrats J.J.!

Welcome J.J. please start by telling me three words that describe yourself starting with A, B, and C.

Affable, big-hearted, creative

What are your three favorite things?

My wife, my cat, and a four-course fondue dinner.

 Are you self- published or with a publishing company (if so, which one?)?

Self-published.  I decided on that right from the start.

How much is your character like you?

Sara, my heroine, has a lot of traits that I admire – she’s hard-working, loyal and brave.  And she has some of my flaws – as smart as she is, she can easily miss things right in front of her, she’s always the last to get a joke, she can let her emotions get the best of her.  But I think there’s a little bit of me in almost all my characters.  That’s probably true of all writers, though.

Will there be more books in your series, or can you tell us about any previous books?
I’m working on the 10th and final book in my series right now.  I could revisit it, or explore some of the other characters, but for now it’s going to end, and I have what I think is a logical and satisfying place to leave Sara and her family and friends.

Favorite writer, book?

Writer, Stephen R Donaldson.  Book, “Winter’s Tale” by Mark Helprin

When writing, which do you prefer to write with, computer or paper and pen?

Definitely computer!  My handwriting is awful – half the time I can’t read it myself, so there’d be no point writing with pen and paper.

Thanks for being with us today J.J., now let's see those books.


College junior Sara Barnes thought her life was totally under control.  All she had to worry about was her final exams, Christmas shopping, applying to medical school – and what to do about the cute freshman in the next dorm with a crush on her.  Everything was going according to plan, until the night she started seeing other people’s dreams.
It’s bad enough that Sara is learning more than she ever needed to know about her friends and classmates, watching their most secret fantasies whether she wants to or not.  Much worse are the other dreams, the ones she sees nearly every night, featuring a strange, terrifying man who commits unspeakable crimes.  Now Sara wonders if she’s the only witness to a serial killer – and the only one who knows when and where he’s going to strike next.
Dream Student is the first book of the Dream Series.

Buy Link: Amazon

 FEVER DREAM, book 9

Dr. Sara Alderson isn’t used to her patients dying for no reason.  When a young boy succumbs to a mysterious illness that defies all her efforts to treat it, she refuses to accept defeat.
After two months of questions, Sara has attracted the attention of powerful people who don’t want their secrets uncovered, and will go to any lengths to make sure they stay hidden.
Now, time is running out for Sara to unravel the mystery before anyone else falls victim to the illness.  And before her career, her family and her freedom are taken from her by enemies she doesn’t even know she has.
Fever Dream is the ninth book of the Dream Series

Buy Link: Amazon

About the Dream Series
What if you could see everyone else’s dreams?  That’s the question Sara has to wrestle with in the Dream Series.  We first meet her as a shy, bookish college student who doesn’t think there’s anything extraordinary about herself.  And then the dreams start…
Over the course of the series, Sara learns to live with these supernatural dreams and all the trouble they plunge her into.  At the same time, she grows from a student to a practicing doctor; and from a single girl to a wife and mother.  But every time she thinks she’s got everything figured out, life – and her extraordinary dreams – teach her that she’s always got more to learn…


J.J. (James) Dibenedetto's fans would swear he's got a sixth sense when it comes to seeing into the minds of others and often wonder if his stories could possibly be fiction. He enjoys suspending disbelief with suspenseful paranormal tales that are a perfect blend of reality meets fantasy.
His popular Dream Series continues to delight readers with each and every exciting installment.
Born in Yonkers, New York, he currently resides in Arlington Virginia with his beautiful wife and a cat he is sure has taken full advantage of its nine lives. When it comes to the cat, he often wonders, but then again it might just be his imagination.

http://viewAuthor.at/JJDiBenedetto (Amazon Author Page)


  1. Hi JJ, welcome to the blog. I had the opportunity to read Dream Student before this post and loved it. I can't wait to read the next books in the series. How did you know self-publishing was the way you wanted to go in your literary career?

  2. Thanks for having me! I would have replied sooner, but we were out of town for a wedding.

    How did I know self-publishing was the way to go for me? Partly it was impatience; I didn't want to wait 4-6 months (or longer) to hear likely rejections from agents or publishers. And from what I can tell, publishers don't seem to do all that much marketing for their authors, so if I was going to have to do 95% of the promotion and marketing myself anyway, I might as well get all the rewards.

  3. I'm glad you liked Dream Student, by the way!