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.
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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.
We get ideas from everywhere. Some ideas come from the historical research we do and then we will use that research in our character’s lives. But the main storylines come from small ideas and lots and lots of brainstorming, always asking, what if?
2. Do you have a dream cast for your book?
Aaron Taylor Johnson would be our pick for young billionaire, Koda Mulvaney. We need a gorgeous guy who can play a spoiled wealthy playboy but who becomes a better man as he gets deeper in the paranormal - we think Aaron could pull it off.
Dakota Johnson would be our pick for Robyn, feisty bartender and girlfriend to Dane, Koda’s best friend.
Harrison Ford would be good in the role of Declan Mulvaney – Koda’s Grandfather. The biggest casting challenge for Declan is that we see him over 80+ years so we’ll need a few different actors to portray him.
Margot Robbie would be the perfect beautiful, conniving young woman to play Koda’s off and on fiancée, Mika.
Casting our main character, Onyx Webb, would be the hardest of all but we think Mila Kunis would make a great Onyx Webb.
We would cast Tom Hardy as Onyx’s muscular, German husband Ulrich and Amanda Seyfried as his crazy mistress, Claudia Spilatro.
3. How do you handle writer’s block?
Because we plot out our episodes and methodically break each episode down into 15 scenes per episode with each book having a total of 3 episodes by the time it comes time to actually write – it’s easy. That is not to say there are not some difficult scenes but sometimes you just have to come into the scene the best way and see how it goes.
4. What inspired you to write this book?
We have always loved stories with a supernatural twist (like The Sixth Sense) and Andrea wanted to write a paranormal ghost story. So, Onyx Webb started off as one story and ended up splitting into three storylines becoming a mash up of genres. It happened slowly over many months taking on a life of its own.
5.What’s the hardest part of being an author?
It’s not writing that’s for sure. For us, it is getting the word out about our series, and encouraging people to try Onyx Webb. It’s not the type of series that fits into one box, but once people try it, they are usually hooked.