JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Jon Dambacher, author of Sour Candies
(The Trashy Novel Corp.)
Whether it’s the bedridden woman with a negative body image, the over-sexed little league baseball dad, or the two young professionals away on business who’re starved for companionship…the characters in Sour Candies are all prisoners of a suburban cul-de-sac trapped in their own cages. Every page is ripped from each of their secret journals.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Sour Candies?
Jon Dambacher: I haven’t read any books that embrace “my people.” Especially the things that go on between people, the unstated, less than immediately visible life that’s going on…
The space between characters fascinates me, the underneath, and the thing in the middle that’s not referred to. Occasionally this underneath life reveals some very filthy, smutty, and embarrassing things we can all relate to.
JP: What sets Sour Candies apart from other books in the same genre?
J.D.: Is “People” a genre? I believe it has to do with a choice in what to put a spotlight on. Being both individual and specific, taking care of the little ones. If I get it right, you’ll recognize it and say: I know that person — I am that person.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Sour Candies getting out to the public?
J.D.: Persistence. Building a support team helps. Dedication to finding an audience.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Sour Candies?
J.D.: This book went through many different forms. It started ten months ago as a collection of Charles Bukowski and Chuck Palahniuk snapshots. Five months ago it became a series of Stephen Shore-esque monologues.
By the time I finished all of that was thrown into the fire and it became completely my own.
JP: What’s next for Jon Dambacher?
J.D.: The Trashy Novel Corp. is going to publish a novel of mine, Breakdown Deep, which is very disgusting and very Italian. After that, they’re zapping the air-waves with a novella series about television’s influence on our culture and the collapse of our collective attention-span.
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This book has already formed a small reputation for being dirty, smutty, filthy, sexy, gross, and a little sweaty. Enjoy.