Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz
Genre: Paranormal Suspense
Publisher: Lust for Living Press
imprint, Courage Crafters Inc
Date of Publication: April 2015
Number of pages: 216
Word Count: 47,000
A multi-genre mash-up that combines elements of supernatural suspense, crime, horror, romance, and more. The Onyx Webb series follows the unusual life of Onyx Webb along with a central group of characters in various locations and times. The billionaire Mulvaney family, piano prodigy Juniper Cole and her brother Quinn, paranormal show hosts Cryer and Fudge, and a few others make up the core of the series.
Written like a book version of a supernatural soap opera, each character’s story moves forward with most every episode. It may appear that the characters are entirely unrelated and yet episode by episode, the connections will become clearer. Like being an inch away from a spider web, with each book, the web will move further and further away revealing the full story of every character and most importantly, the stunning conclusion for Onyx Webb herself.
First, tell me a little about your book ….
Onyx Webb is a multi-genre mash-up. Sometimes we say it is Downton Abbey meets American Horror Story because it has a lot of family drama but also suspense, crime, horror, romance, and paranormal. We tend to compare it to a t.v. series because it has that feel. We know people love to binge on fast paced, suspenseful series so that is what we have created – on paper. Or kindle of course.
The series follows the unusual life of Onyx Webb herself, along with a central group of characters in various locations and times. The billionaire Mulvaney family, piano prodigy Juniper Cole and her brother Quinn, paranormal show hosts Cryer and Fudge, and a few others make up the core of the series.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?
We both have always loved writing, but even more than that – coming up with stories. Writing is just the medium of choice. If someone gave us enough money we’d make movies too!
What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?
Our very first book was a business fable. Our business books have done very well because they are all story based. We include supernatural twists even in our business books. Of course, the Onyx Webb series has plenty of supernatural stuff going on.
How do you chose when/which characters die in your books?
Our readers enjoy suspense and surprise so characters die at very unexpected times. If it is unexpected, then we know it is the right time! That said, just because someone dies, does not mean you will not see them again.
Who do you look up to as a writer?
We love writers like Lee Child and Michael Connelly and were also tremendously inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert (her latest, Big Magic) and Kurt Vonnegut’s rules for writing.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
There are things about Book One that we might change a bit to smooth it out. On the other hand, readers that enjoy piecing together a puzzle still enjoy the way we laid it out.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Because we are writing a long running series, the biggest challenge is keeping it all straight. We have several timelines running simultaneously so we need to make sure to keep things very clear. It requires we outline dates and times in great detail.
Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?
We are deeply involved in everything about our book, inside and outside. We did select the current skull picture and put together our vision of the design for the book designer.
If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?
Probably Koda, he’s great looking and a billionaire – even with his issues – he’s a good character to be.
About the Authors:
Richard Fenton & Andrea Waltz are best known as the authors of Go for No! (which hit #1 on Amazon’s Sales & Selling list and has remained in the Top 10 for the last five years.) They are also professional speakers who speak internationally to audiences on how to overcome fear of failure and rejection.
Although all of their business books are fables, the Onyx Webb series is their first serious dive into fiction.
But Richard and Andrea have been in love with creating stories together since they met almost twenty years ago and even spent some time in Hollywood writing screenplays, being represented by the producer of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.