Dean Ammerman on his “Escape from Dorkville”

IR Approved Sticker 2What is the name of the book and when was it published?

Escape from Dorkville was published in August of 2015.

What’s the book’s first line?

I now have a greater appreciation of toilets.

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch.” 

Intergalactic plumber Cardamon Webb returns to Warrensberg, Minnesota, to enlist the help of 15-year-old Wilkin Delgado and tug-o-war champion Alice Jane Zelinski to save the universe. (Again.) All the fresh water is drying up and they need to get to the Source to turn it back on. Wilkin and Alice Jane—together with a talking puffin, a glamorous Ergonomic and Fiscal Engineer and a pesky bug—journey to the Inside of the universe, take a balloon fish taxi to the Other side, visit the abandoned metropolis of Pago City, discuss expensive handbags, mindfully follow the path of the plumber’s pilgrimage, battle deadly diseases, decipher the text of an ancient prophecy, repel ferocious attacks by Wibgees and Leeblexes, and try to meet the All and Everything. In other words, it’s complicated.

waiting for theWhat inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event? 

This is a follow-up to my novel Waiting for the Voo. After writing that, I wanted to explore the two main characters a little further, and see how they would deal with another problem—in this case, the fact that the universe is drying up. I didn’t have a master plan for the book—just a few characters and a big problem—so the joy for me was to find out what happens. It didn’t turn out at all like I thought it would.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?

There are lots of deep and serious books in the world. This is not one of them. Escape from Dorkville will (I hope) make you laugh. The characters are fun, the plot twists and turns and keeps you guessing, and most everything is resolved in the end.

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