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.