Author Interview: J.J DiBenedetto

Posted February 12, 2017 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, J.J. DiBenedetto / 1 Comment

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J.J. DiBenedetto is author of the Dream Series and the Jane Barnaby Adventures and lives in Arlington, Virginia with the love of his life and a white cat who rules the roost.

His passions are photography, travel, the opera, the New York Giants, and of course writing.

Mr. DiBenedetto is devoted to writing books with a sense of mysticism to entertain and perhaps invite his readers to suspend belief in a way they might never have.

Since he was very young , he has always been intrigued with the supernatural and things that can’t be explained rationally.

By always asking way too many questions, it piqued his interest to the point of setting his writing off and running when he grew up! All the curiosity building up all those years were finally getting put into words to captivate readers. And it hasn’t ended. His main goal is to share all the stories he has inside, putting pen to paper. And that’s how the Dream Series was born.

Mr. DiBenedetto welcomes queries and feedback from his loyal readers. You can email him at or at his website .

The next Jane Barnaby Adventure will be ready soon and he’s anxious to hear what you think!

Speaking of Jane Barnaby, the latest book in that series – Her Brother’s Keeper – released January 5th. 

Jane Barnaby has planned the perfect Christmas vacation. Her father and his fiancé are joining her in Spain at her archaeological dig. They’ll see her work, meet her mentor, and they’ll all enjoy a few days of sunny Mediterranean beaches in the dead of winter.
But it all falls apart when Jane’s annoying brother tags along and lands in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.
To clear her brother’s name, all Jane has to do is chase a wily female con-artist across Europe, catch her, and confront the woman and her accomplices. Oh, and outwit an ex-KGB agent and his personal goon squad along the way.

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I have not read this series so I cannot vouch for its content but have been assured by the author that it is “clean fiction”.

Hi JJ! Welcome to the blog! I start all of my guests out with a fast four:

apples or oranges

JJ: Both!  Apples to eat, oranges for the juice.

Carrie: That’s true… unless you’re talking about apple cider. Then it’s apples all the way!

winter or summer

JJ: Winter!  I love the cold weather and the snow and I like it when it gets dark at 4 PM.

Carrie: Me too! Me too!!

dogs or cats

JJ: Love them both!

Carrie: My dog Zuzu thinks this is an impossibility 😉

coffee or tea

JJ: If I have to choose, tea, but only with several spoonfuls of sugar.

Carrie: Ugh. Me too.

Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

JJ: Teleportation would be very cool.  No more commuting, no more waiting in line at the airport.

Carrie: Considering that all 9 (soon to be 10) of my nieces and nephews live at least 380 miles from us, I would love a teleportation superpower. It’s exceptionally difficult to cool aunt from a distance.

If you knew you were only going to be allowed FIVE books for the rest of your life, besides the Bible, which five would make the cut?

JJ: Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

The Complete Far Side by Gary Larson

The Saga of Pliocene Exile by Julian May (can I count a series as one book?)

House of Suns by Alistair Reynolds

Hogfather by Terry Pratchett (tough to pick just one book by him, but if I have to, that one’s it)

Carrie: The Far Side – yes. Excellent choice.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?

JJ: Probably “common childhood poisons” for one of my Dream Series books.

Carrie: eesh.

In Her Brother’s Keeper, Jane Barnaby has planned the perfect Christmas vacation… until it all falls apart. Do you have any memorable vacation disasters to share with us?

JJ: On my first trip to Europe, I went to Mallorca for 10 days on a volunteer archaeology project (that’s what Jane’s vacation in the book is based on), and then I planned to go to Rome for 4 days afterwards.  It was my first solo vacation, and I was in this house with a dozen people, and it was great.  But I was given dire warnings about Rome – avoid the unlicensed taxi drivers, look out for the thieves and pickpockets, don’t get ripped off this way or that way.

So when I left Mallorca, I went from being in a big house with lots of friendly people, to being on my own in a foreign country, and I was kind of freaked out by all the warnings.  Then it was raining and miserable when I landed in Rome, and I was totally paranoid.

The final straw was the hotel – I’d asked for a recommendation from my travel agent, and they put me into this very modern hotel with sleek black furniture in the lobby, and a mirror on the ceiling of my room, and that was that.  I was just too weirded out to enjoy Rome or see anything properly, so I ended up changing my flight and going home the next morning.

Carrie: hahaha! Oh no! I would have been gone too.

JJ, thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

JJ: I’m working on Jane’s next adventure, called SHIP OF FOOLS.  I hope to have it out in July.

Carrie: Excellent! Best of wishes to you! (and Jane!)

What about you? What’s your vacation disaster story?

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