Friday, February 11, 2011

with Caprice Hokstad

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Caprice! What started you on your writing journey?
A computer with a word processor. No, seriously. I can’t do paper/pen or old-fashioned typewriters. It HAS to be a word processor because I constantly move things around and edit. I can’t even dictate into a taping device. I need to see the words on the screen to think properly.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Noise, including music with lyrics or a recognizable melody.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
I love Motown oldies and the Beach Boys, but I’m not sure this is the essence of the question. I love surfer music, but I had trouble ever standing up on a surfboard (yes, I had one; yes, I attempted surfing several times). The best I could do was getting my nose broken by a rogue board that snapped off its leash—THAT was good for conversation while it was swollen. I also love devil’s food cake, but that doesn’t mean I would BE devil’s food if I were to become a cake. So back to the original question, if I BECAME a style of music, it would probably be some laid back, easy-listening folk music.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I once gave an impromptu, totally unrehearsed, a capella performance of “Just You Wait” from “My Fair Lady” to a very long line of people stuck in a Blockbuster, waiting for checkout. I worked there for a while and, while I am sure they would rather I just got behind the counter to help the line go faster, Blockbuster forced us to have someone out on the floor. We were required to ask certain questions, and when I got such lackluster enthusiasm from people waiting in line, I threatened them if they didn’t talk to me, that I would sing.
They called my bluff.
I sang. Guess what, they talked after that!

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Of course! Just about all forms of housework.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
Well, my favorite meal would be one I didn’t have to cook or clean up after (like at a restaurant) but if you want a recipe, here is my Chicken Enchilada Casserole:
3-4 breasts chicken (I use leftovers all the time for this)
1 lb Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded
1 large can (28 oz) green enchilada sauce (I prefer La Victoria because they make a mild variety)
18 corn tortillas (I buy them in packs of 36 and use half each time)
Dice chicken meat. If not cooked, then brown in large, oven safe skillet. Add sauce to skillet. Cut tortillas 9 at a time into tiny pieces, about ½ inch squares. Add to skillet and stir. Cheese can be stirred in or just melted on top. I like to put it all on top and then stick the whole skillet in the oven while I’m making rice and beans. I came up with this recipe because I like enchiladas but hated the rolling. The tortillas would always break on me or not stay rolled. This is faster and easier and gives all the taste of enchiladas without the rolling.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
Servanthood, and looking on the heart rather than outward appearances

You can purchase The Duke's Handmaid from Amazon.

Caprice is giving away a copy of The Duke's Handmaid. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


cjajsmommy said...

The recipe sounds great -- and easy. Please enter my name for this giveaway.

Mona said...

I put off housework too. It's much more fun to read. When I'm good and do something productive, I reward myself by reading whatever and entering giveaways.

apple blossom said...

yummy recipe thanks

love to win her book

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Marianne said...

Would love to win this book...thanks for the chance.

Maureen said...

I've saved your recipe. Thank you! Would love to have this book.


diana said...

I'm with the others! Love the sound of that recipe! Also love the sound of the book! Please enter me...thanks!

diana said...

I forgot to ask; is this book available through CBD? I have a CBD gift card in case I don't win here.

Meredith said...

Love the story about your Blockbuster performance!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

lgm52 said...

Recipe sounds does the book!

diana said...

So excited about this book! I have it written down on my wishlist... hope I can scratch it off because I won it!


debijackson said...

count me in please

diana said...

BTW Carman sent me!

windycindy said...

Many thanks for sharing her delightful casserole recipe.
My husband enjoys cooking and I
am definitely giving him this
Thanks, Cindi

diana said...

Happy Birthday, Jim! I entered your book title to Patty's email!

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