Ghost Orchid is a fantastic novel. If you are looking to be taken on an emotional roller coaster through an excellent and unpredictable plot, then you must read Ghost Orchid. Mel is a woman who takes daily walks at the Audubon Society Sanctuary, lamenting about love lost. Not only did she lose her lover, but she also lost the love of her daughter, who she gave up for adoption. Neev, Mel’s daughter, wants nothing to do with her mother, and despite her formal education, can’t shake the feelings of abandonment and betrayal. But when the Roger Andrew, a noted photographer, discovers that a ghost orchid is blooming at the Audubon Society Sanctuary, he convinces Neev, his intern, to travel down to the Florida Everglades. Little did they know how their lives will change and the magical power of the Ghost Orchid.
D.K. Christi is a true romantic and her writing is absolutely enchanting. She has a way of bringing the scenery out of the pages and into life with her words. The characters are so deep and well-crafted. You truly feel as if you are traveling with Neev and Mel through their lives. There are so many twists and turns in the plot that you will experience a series of powerful emotions, such as love, loss, betrayal, and forgiveness. I absolutely recommend that anyone who enjoys reading a moving and emotional romance purchase Ghost Orchid. It has become one of my favorite stories that I will continue to re-read in the future.
5 Questions with D.K. Christi
1. What inspired you to write Ghost Orchid?
Blair Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, at the edge of the Everglades, has a nearly three-mile, curving boardwalk into the depths of the swamp and into another world of beauty and serenity. On my July 2007 birthday, I saw a rare and endangered ghost orchid, a magical and mystical flower I had never seen before and was mesmerized by its beauty and mystery. I was not alone; it became the “super ghost” of Corkscrew Swamp, breaking records and drawing people on “ghost orchid quests” from all over the world. It continues to bloom on my birthday, and I consider it my own gift from the universe. The first year, I stalked it like an orchid fanatic, and I was nearly obsessed with its beauty, dancing in the breeze as though ready to take flight. The story was born from my obsession.
2. What is your favorite scene in the book?
I have no favorites. I enjoyed Neev and Roger as their relationship heats up in the jungles of Venezuela. I also liked the scene when Mel answered, “Yes,” to the blinking green question on the computer. It was a simple scene; but in the one word, yes, a lifetime of secrets still had a chance for resolution. Of course, there’s Neev’s discovery of the news article in the camera case as certainly a dramatic moment.
3. What character did you connect with the most during the writing process?
I didn’t know until long after Ghost Orchid was written that Neev is likely the daughter I always wanted; the beauty of writing is the chance to create what life has not provided. Comments have been made that Neev’s picture on the cover resembles a younger version of me – and that fact is purely coincidental as the cover came from the story that the artist actually read (not often the case!)
4. What is one exciting thing that happened to you while you were writing Ghost Orchid?
I spent nearly a week with little sleep, working on the story of Neev with my muse, correcting and polishing and passing passages back and forth. The lack of sleep and the creative challenges were a high that I’ll long remember. My muse is an integral part of Ghost Orchid, naming Neev and adding the Celtic Cross to her mystery.
After publication, Darryl Saffer, award-winning environmental filmmaker, produced a book trailer for me after thoroughly enjoying Ghost Orchid, especially the search for roots. To have such talent create a trailer for the book with his original video clips and music was exciting.
5. Are you working on a new novel? If so, can you tell us a little about it?
Actually, I’m working on two novels. The first has been challenging by its large cast of characters. It is a book of episodes in the Virgin Islands as blue water sailors on various yachts enter the ports and their stories are shared among the members of the blue water community. The second is a story during the Civil War, a story of a southern hero who escapes from the northern POW camp and attempts to reach the south where he believes his love awaits.
In the meantime, I also write articles for Examiner.com, Suite101.com, Redroom.com and my author page. Several anthologies carry my short stories: The Room, Outside The Window, Romance of My Dreams, Killer Recipes, Forever Travels, AMOUR: Stories of Love and Friendship and more.