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Friday, May 8, 2015

Onyx Webb by Andrea Waltz and Richard Fenton (Interview + Excerpt)

Title: Onyx Webb: Book One (Episodes 1, 2, 3)
Author: Andrea Waltz & Richard Fenton
Series: Onyx Webb Episodes 1, 2, 3
Release Date: March 17, 2015
Publisher: Courage Crafters Inc.
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Suspense, Historical Fiction
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon
Best-Selling Authors Fenton & Waltz Welcome You to the World of Onyx Webb. This is Book One. (Episodes 1, 2, and 3)

One reviewer says, "Fabulous. Different. Odd. Crazy. Wonderful. I've never read anything like it. You've created the weirdest, coolest new genre of fiction and I love it."

- It’s June, 1980 and piano prodigy, Juniper Cole is on the way to her senior prom.

- It’s January 2010, and Koda Mulvaney has blown through his 20 million dollar trust fund and is told by his father to return home and get to work.

- It’s August, 1904 and little Onyx Webb is on her way to the famous World’s Fair in St. Louis with her father, Catfish.

Two of the three will see a ghost, one will become a ghost and everyone will learn that life is hard to let go of even when you’re dead. And that's just Book One. Designed to read like a supernatural soap opera, Onyx Webb is a paranormal suspense series, with supernatural romance, as well as a dash of historical fiction. The stories may haunt you, the darkness may disturb you, but ultimately you’ll be reminded to treasure every moment of your life because… If you think life is precious now? Just wait until you’re dead.

Interview

Welcome to Bookish, Andrea and Richard!​ In tweet form (140 characters or less), how would you describe the story of​ Onyx Webb to those who haven’t heard of it yet?

Onyx Webb is about a billionaire family, a missing piano prodigy, and the unusual life of Onyx Webb herself, in one web of a supernatural soap opera.

What is the hardest part of the writing process?

The hardest part is deciding how much of the story to tell and where to begin. Because we write with movies and t.v. in mind it is important to give context to the location. Sometimes we jump in without describing where we are and want to dig into what is happening. And because we have three to four narratives running simultaneously, we need to keep things punchy and moving. But, like a fast paced movie, you still need scenes where characters can communicate and the reader can enjoy a slow moment. So we work hard to balance all that out.

Favorite part?

Our favorite part is creating those OMG moments. We kill off a character at the end of Book Two (out in July) and we know our readers are going to freak out but that is the point. And it can be painful to lose those characters too!

Who was your favorite character to write?

One of our characters is a total diva – Mika Flager, she is Koda Mulvaney’s ex-fiancĂ©e and we call her the Socialite of Savannah (think Paris Hilton). So anything with her involved is grand and over the top and it makes her scenes so fun to write.

What was your happiest moment during this whole writing/publishing a book process?

Being done is always fabulous. But since this is a long running series that can’t be the happiest moment for a while. We made a decision after reading some advice to writers from Kurt Vonnegut and we made a couple major shifts to our series and letting our readers ‘in’ on a whole lot more information and it made the series so much better.

What are some of your literary inspirations? Favorite books/authors?

We take a lot of what we see (movies and tv) and apply it to our writing in terms of story. As for writers, Richard loves Lee Child and also Harlan Coben. Andrea’s earliest influence was Judy Blume and V.C. Andrews books, but these days any book off the Oprah Book Club list. We’re also just starting to read more indie author fiction like ourselves!



Excerpt

Orlando, Florida
January 25, 2010

It had been two days since the Restoring Savannah banquet, and the girl in the mirror was all Koda could talk about. “Think what you want, Dane, but I saw her,” Koda said for the third time, getting up from the leather sofa in the center of the penthouse apartment in the 55 West building and starting to pace.

“You gotta get a grip, man,” Dane said. “Mika is still fuming about your speech, and I don’t want to be around when word gets back to your dad.”

“I saw her, Dane.”

“How many vodkas did you have?” Dane asked. “Five? Ten?”

I… saw… her,” Koda said again.

“Okay, okay. You saw a girl in a mirror,” Dane said. “But I don’t get why you’re so freaked out?” “We’re best friends, right, Dane?” Koda asked.

“You gotta ask?” Dane was tempted to mention the fact that Koda had punched him in the face when they were at the bar at the Mansion on Forsyth Park, but didn’t.

“And in the four years you’ve known me, have I ever lied to you?” Koda asked. “About anything?”

Dane shook his head. Like most people, Koda Mulvaney had a variety of character flaws, but being a liar was not among them.

“Then listen to what I’m saying, okay?” Koda said. “I’m not telling you I saw a girl’s reflection in a mirror—I’m telling you I saw a girl in a mirror. She was in… the… glass.

Dane went silent and took in what he’d just been told. “Okay, what color was her hair?

“Gray.”

“So it was an old woman,” Dane said.

“No,” Koda said, shaking his head. “She was young, like late teens or early twenties maybe.”

“With gray hair?”

“Not just her hair,” Koda said. “Her face, her clothes, everything. It was all gray.”

“A gray girl in a gray place with gray clothing,” Dane repeated, trying to make sense of it. “What was she wearing?” “I’m not sure,” Koda said. “Wait.” Koda closed his eyes, tried to summon a mental image in his mind. “A dress. No, not a dress, more like a fancy gown, like someone would wear to a wedding.”

“Weren’t there a couple of weddings…?”

“Don’t go there,” Koda said.

“Okay, okay,” Dane said. “Did she say anything?”

Koda shook his head from side to side.

“Was she pretty?” Dane asked.

“Oh, yeah,” Koda said. “She was stunning, mesmerizing. But there was something about her, Dane…”

“What?”

“It’s hard to explain, to put into words,” Koda said, closing his eyes again, trying to form a picture of the girl in his mind. “It was her eyes. There was something in her eyes—a combination of sadness and innocence and confusion—like she was…”

“Lost?” Dane asked.

“No, not lost,” Koda said. “Like she was dead.” 


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