The Who, What, When, Where and Why with Candice Derman

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By Jade Craddock

South African actress Candice Derman has risen to fame on the screen, but this month sees the publication of her debut book, Indescribable, which chillingly charts a personal story of abuse. Here, Candice kindly stops by to answer our who, what, when, where and why.

1.Who has been the most important person in your writing journey?

The people in my life that have moved my heart and head the most. My biggest loves and unfortunately the person who hurt me the most.

2.What motivates you to write?

My inner dialogue needs an outer place to sit. Seeing my thinking external to myself and on the page is essential. Words coming together forming sentences is thrilling.

3.When did you first start writing?

I’ve written for as long as I can remember. I had diaries, and I’d fill them with thoughts. Regrettably, those diaries became sadder and darker after my childhood abuse. Writing then became a private form of therapy.

4.Where do you write?

My favourite space is coffee shops. I need ambient noise. I like looking up and seeing people interacting. I’m in my own world but still a part of the ‘coffee’ culture.

5.Why did you write this book?

I wrote Indescribable because I felt compelled to tell the story of my childhood abuse for various reasons. My adult life has been blessed and I wanted those who had been through what I had to know that they are not alone and that it is possible to come out the other side. I also wanted those that have thankfully no experience of abuse to understand the psychological impact it has on a child, and in this way to possibly promote greater consciousness of the complexity of the issue.


Candice Derman is a renowned South African actress who launched her career as a TV host and later became a household name for her roles in soaps. In 2007 Candice started writing her own story and Indescribable was published in South Africa in 2010. She lives in London with her husband and daughter.

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