About Linda Caddick:
LINDA CADDICK grew up in Zimbabwe, spending most of her time confined at boarding school but holidays wandering freely on her father’s farm, where she developed a lively imagination and a love for nature. Strongly attracted to Cape Town, South Africa, she went to live there at the first opportunity.
Her writing skills were developed during many years of producing descriptive editorial for a restaurant publication. After almost 20 years of city life, her dream of living in the country was realized when she and her husband, together with their two small children, bought a run-down caravan park in the Cape winelands and turned it into a popular resort for church and family outings.
Linda’s passion is for writing inspirational novels which illustrate the truth of the gospel through compelling characters and stories that will appeal to all.
What inspires you to write?
I have waited so long for the opportunity to write ie right up until my children left school, that my suppressed inspiration needs only some free time to become activated. Ideas pop out of everywhere and I love to watch them translate into words. However, it would all be meaningless unless it expressed what I believe is the truth.
Tell us about your writing process.
It’s all rather chaotic. It starts with a core idea, which seems simple enough and so I begin. As I continue to write, all sorts of plot hurdles present themselves and I go for a long walk and pray and ponder. I am absolutely amazed how the gaps get filled in bit by bit, kind of like putting a puzzle together, and not in any sequential order.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I can only say I become the protagonist, so that part is easy, and relate to other characters in a blend of people I know, which comes naturally.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write freely. Put down whatever words arrive and put xxx’s in the blanks. This process seems to form pathways in the brain, sort of like a network I suppose, that continues to work on the project even after you have moved on, and then when you come back to it – bingo, the blanks get filled in!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to try out self-publishing first because the freedom of it appealed to me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There has to be some kind of midway between self-publishing, where there are no set standards, and traditional publishing, which is not so needed any more. Traditional publishing places a stamp of approval on a book by acknowledging that it is good enough to invest in, but there is no such thing with self-publishing and it has lowered standards to rock bottom.
What genres do you write?: Christian fiction, Biblical fiction, Historical fiction, Suspense, Romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print