Linda writing at Cape Poge

About Linda

Linda Cardillo is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed novels Dancing on Sunday Afternoons (2007, 2016), Across the Table (2010), The Boat House Café (2014) and The Uneven Road (2016), as well as novellas and children’s fiction. The third book in her First Light trilogy, Island Legacy, will be available in March 2017.

She is also at work on a trilogy set in 16th century Italy focused on a dynamic group of literary women. The first book in the series, The Poet, is based on the life of the poet Vittoria Colonna, the only woman Michelangelo ever loved.

Early Career

Linda graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a degree in American literature. After working in publishing as an editor of college textbooks in history and the social sciences, she earned an MBA at Harvard Business School at a time when women made up only 15% of the class. Armed with her Harvard degree, she managed the circulation of Inc. magazine during its successful start-up, founded a catering business and then built a career as the author of several works of nonfiction, from articles in The New York Times to books on marketing and corporate policy.

The Writing Life

She later studied with Jill McCorkle at the New England Writers’ Workshop and Julia Alvarez at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and then went on to teach creative writing at Drew University and the Hilltop Writing Retreat before launching Harlequin’s Everlasting Love series with her award-winning debut novel, Dancing on Sunday Afternoons.

Critical Acclaim

The Chicago Tribune wrote of Across the Table, “With its realistically complex characters, persuasive plot anchored around life’s joys and sorrows, and abundance of lusciously described food, Across the Table is a splendidly nourishing tale.”

Dancing on Sunday Afternoons has been called a “superbly nuanced, emotionally rich tale of one woman’s journey from turn-of-the-century Italy to America…which…beautifully blends women’s fiction, romance and historical fiction into one unforgettable story.”  The novel was included in a bibliography of the immigrant experience created for The Big Read (a program of the National Endowment for the Arts) along with works by Isabel Allende, Jhumpa Lahiri, Alice Munro, Susan Sontag and Amy Tan.

Kirkus Reviews praised The Boat House Café with  “Cardillo evokes the clapboard ports of New England with sensuous prose. . . A sympathetic depiction of the oft-forgotten New England Native American heritage in this picturesque corner of the Vineyard.”

The Uneven Road also earned acclaim from Kirkus Reviews, which called it “A measured, riveting tale, written in a confident, impassioned voice.“

Bellastoria Press

With Ann DeFee, Linda is the co-founder of Bellastoria Press, an independent publisher of books about women with grit and gifts, who not only survive but flourish; and wildly imaginative and colorful children’s picture books. Bellastoria Press books have been called everything from lyrical and sparkling to quirky and laugh-out-loud. Readers will find stories told from the heart, with an eye for vivid detail, an ear for snappy dialog and a funny bone that gets exercised regularly.

Stories of the search for connection and belonging