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October James Gang Interview

Each month, I interview authors or publishing insiders who have some form of “James” in their names or in their books. My October James Gang interviewee is paranormal romance/mystery author, James DiBenedetto!

1. Let’s get the most important question asked first: Why James?

It’s my real name. I got it passed down from my father, but I don’t know past that. As far as I know, there aren’t any other Jameses on either side of my family.

2. What fiction genre(s) and/or sub-genre(s) do you write?

I write paranormal romance/mystery. My current series follows a woman with the ability to step into other people’s dreams, and all the trouble that causes for her.

3. Tell us about your latest release.

My latest release is the seventh book in the series, Dream Home. Here’s how I describe it:

Dr. Sara Alderson thought she was securing her and her family’s future when she moved them to a small town in New York and took a job as Chief of Pediatrics at the local hospital. Unfortunately, things aren’t going quite according to plan. For one thing, she has enemies at work who resent her from the moment she sets foot in the hospital.

For another, she’s visiting the dreams of an old man who’s seeing nightly visions of a storm that will wipe out the entire town. He’s convinced that the visions are true – and as winter closes in, Sara is starting to think he might be right.

Dream Home is the seventh book of the "Dream" series.

4. Is there a core story and/or a theme(s) in your books?

Yes. I didn’t start out that way, but all the books really center around responsibility – both taking it when it’s called for, and showing it in the use of the power given to you. Throughout all the books, Sara doesn’t really want or enjoy the ability she has, and she resists using it for her own personal gain, or to take the easy way out of a situation. As the books go on and she learns more about her power and what she can do with it, she has to struggle with the temptation to really use it to its fullest extent.

5. Do you have a favorite hero and/or heroine in your books and why?

Sara, the heroine of the series – if she wasn’t my favorite character, I couldn’t have written seven (and counting!) books about her! I like that she’s a real person, with flaws, and who struggles with the same kind of challenges that we all face every day, in addition to the situations that her supernatural talent puts her in.

6. What do you enjoy most about being an author?

I like telling stories; taking these people who live in my brain and getting them out into the world.

7. Do you have any awards, reviews or kudos you’d like to tell us about?

I’ve gotten a lot of positive reviews, which I didn’t really expect at first – I didn’t know how the books would be received. My favorite reviews are the ones that talk about how well I’ve gotten into the head of a female character, writing from her point of view. And, also, one particular review of the second book of the series (set in medical school) wondering if I was a doctor, because the book “felt” so true (I’m not, by the way).

8. How do you promote your books and your author brand?

Every way I can think of! I’ve just made the first book, Dream Student, free on Kindle – I’m proud of it, and I think that once you read it, you’ll want to continue on with these characters and get to know them better.

9. What is your next project?

I’m almost finished with the next book in the series, Dream Vacation. That will be out on October 31st. I’ve got at least one more book in the series planned after that, and I’ve also got several other ideas I hope to get started on soon.

10. Do you have a bit of wisdom you’d like to impart or a favorite quote?

I kind of like this quote, which I made up – it shows up in book four of the series as a lesson Sara learned in medical school:

You’re not responsible for saving everyone. You can only save the people you can save. But you ARE responsible for saving them.

JAMES' LINKS:

Website: http://www.writingdreams.net
Amazon author page: http://viewAuthor.at/JJDiBenedetto

 

Thank you, James! My November James Gang interviewee will be author, Neal James!

 

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