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Caprice Hokstad spends most of her time dreaming up other worlds to live vicariously in. Her first half-million words were lavishly spent on the fantasy setting of Byntar (where her published Ascendancy Trilogy novels are set). Caprice lives in a mobile home in southern California, but regularly stares at her simulated aquarium screensaver. Her ultimate aspiration is to live in the first undersea colony, Atlantica, currently being built off the coast of Florida. She is assured they will have electricity and internet and that there will be room for her laptop, so she can continue to write. At that point, she may change her screensaver, but no promises.

1) Who are you?

Just a writer. Also a mother of four. Grandmother of one. Ocean enthusiast. Lover of chocolate.

2) Why should anybody read your books?

They're different. Fantasy readers who are sick of Lord of the Ring knock-offs and derivatives will be pleasantly surprised. They make people think. My setting is a different world with all its own rules. Issues are complex and not everything is solved with swords and bows. They're cheap entertainment. Dollar per hour, they beat almost every DVD available.

3) Is it important to read all three books in order?

Somewhat. I think the trilogy makes the most sense that way. You lose some of the depth and richness if you take them out of order. However, that said, I have really bent over backwards to make each book stand-alone in terms of comprehension. If a reader absolutely HATES any form of romance creeping into their fantasy/adventure, then I think that person could safely skip The Duke's Handmaid (book 1), which does have some romance elements, although it does not fit Romance genre expectations. Almost everyone who has read all three says Blood and Brine is the best, and while it's not my personal favorite (I'd say book 2), it is gratifying to be told you're getting better with each successive book rather than regressing. Maybe that means a masterpiece is still within me.

4) To sell books, what levels will you sink to?

I was recently challenged to sing "Poor Unfortunate Soul" from The Little Mermaid film if my friends (with WAY too much help from my dastardly children) could drum up a certain number of ebook sales in a month. The month was supposed to be over, but Blood and Brine was late getting into retailers, so I am extending the deadline. I don't think I'm in much danger, really, but I'd do just about anything to sell books.

5) What's this I hear about you writing fanfiction?

It's true. I'm obsessed with SeaQuest DSV about as much as you're obsessed with My Little Pony. (Alan Loewen interjects: That's supposed to be a secret! ARRGGHH! I've been outed as a brony!) Maybe more. My fanfiction is some of my best, if not THE best writing I've ever done. Too bad I can't sell it. But I do give it away for free at UnderseaAdventure.net

6) How can I help your writing career?

You're a pastor. Call for a ban on my books. Denounce them as satanic! Hold a book burning! PLEASE! I could use the publicity. (Alan Loewen interjects: As an ordained member of the clergy I hereby denounce all of Ms. Hokstad's books which means you are compelled by today's social mores to buy them by the truckloads.) What, no one can afford to buy books just to burn them? How about next blizzard when the heat is more appreciated? No? Drat. I guess you could just interview me on your blog then. Maybe slap up a cover and provide some purchase links.

7) Where can my readers find more information?

My website, Latoph.com, has just about anything about me or the commercial books you could want to know. UnderseaAdventure.net covers the fanfiction.

Links!

Comments

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actonrf
Mar. 9th, 2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
"They're different. Fantasy readers who are sick of Lord of the Ring knock-offs and derivatives "

Sadly this is how I look at most fantasy and why I do not like it. I do not like and past or medieval like setting or DD like stories. I do have some exceptions like urban*, steam punk and science fantasy.
Do not take it wrong nothing against you but I am today and beyond type of reader.
Diane M Graham
Mar. 9th, 2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
I vote book 3 as best. You are right, you are getting better with each book. Your voice virtually sings through the pages, so that challenge was really just confirmation of what you already do.

Great interview Sparrow and Alan.
Caprice Hokstad
Mar. 9th, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Wait, the brony thing was a "secret"? How did I know, then? Thanks for denouncing me! YAY! And thanks for hosting the interview.
Deborah Cullins Smith
Mar. 9th, 2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
Avid Fan!
While I'm not a big 'romance-readin' gal' myself, I did still love all three books. I will hasten to add that Books 2 & 3 were better than the first book, but only because the first book was spent adjusting to the customs and mores of a very different culture. Taken as a whole, the tapestry of Caprice's entire trilogy is exquisitely orchestrated, a true masterpiece of Christian fantasy.
Frank Creed
Mar. 10th, 2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
I'm with Diane M. Graham--Book Three, Blood and Brine is the best. And I cannot pass up Craig being a BRONY. Please tell me you got stuck watching My Little Pony while your daughter had it on the T.V.
literary_equine
Mar. 12th, 2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
Frank:

> Please tell me you got stuck watching My Little Pony while your daughter had it on the T.V.

Um ... yes. That's it exactly. I have DOZENS of daughters and ... well, I'm sure you know how it is.

Edited at 2012-03-12 09:47 pm (UTC)
akktri
Apr. 3rd, 2012 03:41 am (UTC)
Caption for the photograph: "...Sometimes she just skips supper and snacks on pairs of eyeglasses."
How does she know that the story loses richness if it's read out of order? She didn't actually read the books, she wrote them. Maybe someone gets a rich experience out of reading all her novels backwards, from the last page of the last book up to the first one. Maybe they also get a rich experience out of sitting naked in a bag of grass clippings, but that's another story. I think any author would say you need to read them in sequence, but then there's the Narnian order thing that worked just fine with readers when it wasn't in Narnian order, or those Left Behind books that give recaps throughout each and every book (too many if you ask me) so it doesn't really matter which one you read first.
Seaquest DSV fanfiction? Seriously? Well, maybe if they involve a lot of scenes where Jonathan Brandis is getting tortured or injured in some way.
I found it refreshing that she actually owns up to the issue of authors cashing in on Christian protests.
Hand a few of those books to me, and I'll burn them. I won't do it in public, but hey, I'll burn them.
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