5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Jon Dambacher, author of Sour Candies

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.

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7 thoughts on “5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Jon Dambacher, author of Sour Candies”

  1. Talk about a walk on the wildside! I think Jon is the type of author who lays everything down on paper, no pun intended, and let’s you be free to interpret it any which way you wish.

    I love the fact that he states that you have to be dedicated to finding your audience and building from there. Part of that building process is the bridge between the reality of a person and being able to see that in the characters that Mr. Dambacher sketches.

  2. Jon’s mind is a terrible twisting of wonderful imaginings. To read his books should be seen as an adventure. You can’t can’t imagine what may await you.

    1. A review like that makes people want to check out what Jon has to offer. I think Sour Candies will be a solid introduction to the realm Mr. Dambacher.

      Thank you, Jessica, for shedding a little more light on this mysterious author with no known pictures.

  3. Hello Good Readers. Where do I begin? Besides certain printers refusing to print it. Besides certain bloggers putting up interviews and links and then taking it all down after “a cascade of upset emails”. Besides it almost costing more to produce than the GDP of Somalia in paperback form. We’ve conquered all these problems by bringing it to you on the Amazon Kindle and soon Nook, Kobo, iPad and the Sony Reader. It’s really not that dirty. If you grew up in White America in the 21st century, then you’ve either done or experienced half the stuff in this sweet little collection of short stories. Buy it and see.

    1. Wow… And the saga continues. It’s not often that we get the behind the scenes scoop on what brings a book to life. I wonder if I will get that deluge of comments your mentioned because this post is here to stay.

  4. What is this???? What have paeople in their dirty minds? Paeople has speak about Jon´s book do promotion about pederastian. Im the model to this cover, FRONT AND BACK, i´M 29 YEARS!!! PEDERASTIAN??? PEOPLE IS FUKING CRAZY . Hey paeople not every girl must be wearing heels and operate boobs for be a woman!!!

  5. “If I get it right, you’ll recognize it and say: I know that person — I am that person.”
    Congratulation’s Mr. Dambacher, it seems that you have gotten it right.
    The problem however, is that a lot of people don’t want to take responsibility for the shadow side of their existence, so their superego function must censor you also in a bid to alleviate their own culpability and reestablish homeostasis in their lives.
    Pulling back the veil and examining the shadow side of our existences is a function that art should serve. This enacted will not make us comfortable,our lives have too much comfort already, I would rather have the opportunity to learn something else.
    For that I thank you Mr. Dambacher for touching a nerve with your little book and opening a space to examine some of the things in our culture we so badly want not to examine.

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