Friday, December 31, 2010

My Friend Caprice - Interview & Giveaway

Today we have another book for you lovers of speculative fiction! And if you haven't already, check out the left margin for the authors coming to Writing Roseanna in 2011. Now let's give a big welcome to Caprice Hokstad, here to talk about her book Nor Iron Bars a Cage.

Caprice is offering a book to one lucky winner, so as always, leave your comments below with an email address!


About Nor Iron Bars a Cage

Slavery. Loyalty. Torture. Passion. Betrayal.

All the young outcast wanted was security in a world that destroyed her family and left her despised and ejected. Can the simple farmgirl find a new family through voluntary enslavement to the duke's household? Not if the prejudiced and conniving duchess has her way!

Crafted in a highly precise writing style so smooth it slips right from the page into your imagination, the fantastical story world of The Duke's Handmaid examines timeless social issues that inform global justice today.


About Caprice

Caprice is a stay-at-home-mom from southern California. She currently lives with her husband, three children, a dog, a cat, two rats, a leopard gecko, and a tankful of guppies—all in a mobile home.


Thanks for visiting, Caprice! (Love your name, by the way.) What's your latest book?

Nor Iron Bars a Cage released from Splashdown Books on November 1, 2010.

It sounds great! What do you hope your readers will get out of the story?

Strength isn’t always physical. Selflessness and service are admirable qualities.

Something I've been contemplating lately too. Now, I just refered to this as "speculative," because it encompasses it all. But what would you call your genre and subgenre? Are there reasons behind it?

Fantasy is the main genre. Any further classification gets dicey. I call my subgenre “Sword Opera” because it’s not typical fantasy with a quest. It’s akin to space opera (e.g. Star Wars) where it’s more about episodes or adventures in the lives of characters.

Oh, fun! See, I knew there would be some interesting classification going on. ;-) What are you reading right now—and what do you want to read next?

I am currently reading Tales of the Dim Knight by Adam and Andrea Graham and I want to read Undersea Colonies (nonfiction) by Dennis Chamberland next.

Hey, the Grahams will be on here soon too! =) What would your dream office look like—and what does your REAL writing environment look like?

A dream office would have a door that locked me inside, was soundproof, and came with a babysitter OUTSIDE. A desktop computer and a nice clicky keyboard would be wonderful too. Instead, I have to make-do with a laptop on a TV tray in a very noisy living room, open to constant interruptions.

LOL. I need a twin office to that! Babysitter--that's a great feature. Is there any one thing or reference you keep handy when writing? Anything you kept around for this particular book?

I always use a Word Menu, dictionary, and thesaurus. For fantasy, I have books about medieval and Renaissance period so I can look up what they called everyday objects.

Cool to know! What lessons have you learned through the publication process that you wouldn't have guessed as a pre-published writer?

That storytelling is a LOT more important than writing skill. People will overlook all kinds of mechanical flaws if they love the story. Unfortunately, I started with a lot more writing skill than storytelling skill.

Then we just have to work at getting both, eh? LOL. How have you dealt with rejection in the past?

Lots of crying and depression, thanks for asking! You just have to accept that as part of the deal. After I collected rejections for several years, I was faced with either throwing the manuscript in a drawer to rot, or self-publishing. I’m not especially proud that I self-published, but if I hadn’t got it out there somehow, I never would have found an independent publisher.

Funny how that works sometimes, isn't it? Career choices like that are hard, but we have to remember that the Lord has a path for each of us. It might not be what we wish for, but He's full of surprises! So what's your advice to aspiring authors?

Keep your day job. Try to think of writing as a hobby if you possibly can. It’s a lot more fun and less frustrating that way.

Aside from writing, what takes up most of your time?

Raising children.

And boy is THAT a job! ;-) Something you reckon not many people know about you?

I can recite “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss, from memory.

My favorite line from that "in their homes where the Whos lay asnooze in their beds." Love the mid-line rhyming! Well, and the line about stuffing himself up the chimbly, to rhyme with nimbly. =) Next! If someone were to give you $5,000 to spend on anything you wanted, what would you buy? (No saving or gifts to charities allowed!)

A cruise in the South Pacific. I try not to think about it because I know it isn’t going to happen.

What are you writing right now?

Fanfiction for the old TV show, SeaQuest DSV

SeaQuest!! I haven't seen that in forever. Any upcoming releases we should keep our eye out for?

If Nor Iron Bars a Cage does well with readers, then I will be writing the third book of the trilogy in the very near future.


Thanks for visiting, Caprice! Readers, you can check out her website at Look for her book at Splashdown Books--or get signed copies from CrossPurposes!

Void where prohibited. Entry into the contest is considered verification of eligibility based on your local laws. Chance of winning depends on number of entries. Contest ends 1/6/11. Winner will have two weeks to claim prize.


  1. Oh, wow, I'm the first! This sounds like an interesting read!

    Jordan (at) gnuhaus (dot) com

  2. Hi
    I am just starting in these books.
    So I plan on getting more involved in the time on line.
    Patricia Cornelius

  3. Sword Opera... I love it! Thanks for entering me.
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

  4. From: Barb K
    This book sounds wonderful. Can't wait to read. Then share with others. Thank you.

  5. Sounds cool!

  6. I would love to win this book and find out what "Sword Opera" entails! :)

  7. I would love to win this - it look intriguing!

    Btw...I CAN'T wait to read Jewel of Persia. The cover is outstanding, Roseanna!


  8. I have never heard of this book and I am very interested. Thanks for the great review and giveaway :)

    mrsjohnson1982 at yahoo dot com