The Wordicle’s Author’s Leak presents
And his captivating sci-fi fantasy that literally takes the reader on a journey through hell in, “An Ice Road Through Hell: A Milk & Cook E. Novella,” by A.M. Hounchell.
From the author:
An Ice Road Through Hell is my pride and joy. The funny part about that is writing it was a literal punishment. A friend of mine @EdwardVanWinkle and I came up with a silly Twitter joke/bit where we would come up with a ridiculous premise and give it a groan worthy pun title. Something like: “It’s a tale about a rich dude trying to reach spiritual enlightenment by having a monk handcuffed to him.” There you’d have your silly premise, then below that would be a punny title like: The Ki Chain.
We’ve been doing this joke for several years now. Usually just here and there to get some laughs from our friends and followers. Every once in a while, we do a duel where we put an amount of bad book ideas of ours against each other over a twelve hours period, and the one with the most interactions wins. At the start of the challenge we declare the prize, and it can be anything. Typically, the prize is small like a trophy, a declaration of championship, a short blurb for one of our books.
During this particular bad book idea duel, Edward wanted a novella of one of my ideas if I lost. Though I tried my best, I ended up losing to Edward by a handful of interactions. We chatted for a little while about which idea he wanted me to write for his prize. He even told me that it didn’t have to be a whole huge thing that it could just be a nice short story. Of course, I ended up writing a novella.
Because he is a generous winner he gave me a couple of options to choose from, so I wouldn’t end up writing something I disliked. In the end, I wrote An Ice Road Through Hell spawned from this premise: Richard “Milk” Zapella, a mall detective and Ezio, a food court chef, have to go to hell to rescue a child who wrote his Christmas letter to Satan by mistake.
The title at the time was: Milk and Cook E. It took me around three months to write the story and present it to Edward. He actually thought it had potential, so I polished it up, he designed a cover, and now it exists in the wild as a physical, audio, and eBook. And it’s my work with the most reviews, which I’m okay with.
I’m okay with it for several reasons. It’s testament to my friendship for one. I met some random guy on the internet, who enjoyed the same kind of silly jokes that I did. I love the characters. They’re zany without having to be over the top. And lastly, it makes me feel like I could write anything. If I can turn a silly pun idea into a full blow three book series, then what couldn’t I write?
After a couple of weeks, we had to alter the cover and the original title, because Amazon kept shifting it to the children’s section. We dropped the original title to a subtitle, and we worked out a different cover.
Now, I’ve gained the championship back for bad book ideas, I have a book I’m proud of, and I’m working on polishing the sequel to An Ice Road Through Hell, and it’s called Pepper Meant Bark. That’s how my most well received book came to be as a punishment.
My name is A.M. Hounchell. I’m a small town Kansas boy raised by two people who weren’t my biological parents. I even worked for my school newspaper, and I’m not Superman.
An Ice Road Through Hell is my pride and joy.
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