I am interviewing D.K. Christi, journalist and author. D. K. is a journalist for the in-print and online Southwest Spotlight www.swspotlight.com, AXS.com, Examiner.com and more. Her short stories are published in seven anthologies and in Amour found at Amazon.com Kindle. She has published three novels, Arirang, Ghost Orchid and Bamboo Ring with several more in the works.
As a journalist she has enjoyed interviewing celebrities such as Marlo Thomas, Whoopi Goldberg, and Rob Reiner. She is a professional platform speaker available and mobile to present at conferences and workshops. Previous activities included founding board member and CEO of major philanthropic corporate entities with equities in the millions of dollars and community advocate for those needing special help to claim economic stability. You can contact Christi at www.dkchristi.com and www.dkchristi.webs.com.
Question: What is the title and genre of your latest novel? Why did you select them?
Answer: Bamboo Ring – General Fiction Romance
Bamboo and Bamboo rings figure significantly in the lives of the main characters, Melani and Jack. Bamboo represents strength of character against great odds. The rings are rings that bind an obsession. Melani arouses strong emotions from readers; some find her with little admirable, others sympathize and identify with her weaknesses and choices.
Question: What inspired this novel? How did it come about?
Answer: Bamboo Ring is the prequel to Ghost Orchid. It is the back story that details Melani’s experiences that lead to the birth of her daughter. A woman of the seventies generation, during and following Vietnam, Melani reflects the struggles for women in a changing
culture and magnifies them by setting Melani’s life in South
Her international adventures take the reader to the sights and sounds of
exotic, foreign countries while her passionate love affair becomes an obsession
that unravels her life forever.
The power of love cannot be underrated. It is the force that makes the world go round. Love is the force in what I write, from short stories to novels. Love swirls around the characters. Love motivates and inspires me as my muse sets my pen in motion and allows the words to flow. The richness of living in a world of infinite change and variety is also another theme in my novels.
Amazon.com says of my work, “Themes of friendship surviving tragedy, love conquering adversity and the triumph of the human spirit over the hardships of life serve to uplift and inspire.”
Question: Could you tell us a little bit about the heroine and/or hero of your novel?
Answer: Melani is the perfect wife and mother, attractive and intelligent, supporting her spouse’s rising career that takes the young family to foreign assignments. Her marriage is rocky but stable initially. A tragic loss her spouse’s infidelity leaves her vulnerable to the attention of a charming military officer that sets her on a path of passionate obsession that unravels her life. This officer provides such brief encounters, that the novel offers the question of reality or fantasy? Where will Melani’s obsession take her and will she find serenity at last?
Question: Can you tell us about some of your other published novels or work?
Answer: Ghost Orchid, set in the Florida Everglades, has a touch of the paranormal as the exquisitely beautiful Neev sets out in search of family roots and finds more than she imagines through a series of mysterious coincidences that unfold as a mystery, one clue at a time in the aura of an exquisite and unique ghost orchid. NPR reviews says the beauty of the
shines through on every page, the ghost orchid the heart and soul of the story. Ghost Orchid is one of four novels in the
Bamboo Rings series that begins with Bamboo Ring.
Question: What are you working on now?
Answer: A Civil War romance adventure based on my great, great, great grandfather’s Civil War heroism leading a group of men who dig escape tunnels, escaping from POW prison in
New York and returning
to the front lines.
The third novel in the Bamboo Ring series, Caribbean Odyssey – a sailing adventure with Melani.
Question: What made you start writing?
Answer: Teachers always praised whatever I wrote from an early age and I read everything I could, favoring historical fiction, myths and fairy tales. I believed I had the talent and pursued journalism to start.
My career path included grant-writing, marketing and promotion writing, technical journal writing, curriculum development at state levels and national platform presentations for conferences and workshops. Adding fiction was fun.
I also lived and worked in many states and cultures including
Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. I sailed for three years with my family in
the Caribbean on our family yacht after selling all we
owned in the world for the adventure. I
kept diaries from the age of sixteen.
Question: What advice would you offer to those who are currently writing novels?
Answer: Work with a critique group and perfect the novel without being overanxious to see it in print. Know the work is marketable unless selling books does not matter. Have a platform from which to sell books and a marketing plan laid out long before publication. A celebrity endorsement for the book is a plus. Enjoy the process as much as the final publication. When facing a creative slump, still write a page a day. In 365 days, that’s enough to find something within those pages to turn into value.
Question: Where and when will readers be able to obtain your novel?
Answer: Bamboo Ring will soon be available at all online book sellers, local book stores and libraries and gift shops. Currently, www.blackrosewriters.com
Ghost Orchid is available at all of the above. I recommend reading both novels, Ghost Orchid first and Bamboo Ring second to fill in the back story.
D.K. is available for comments and questions.