Meet the Chindi Authors at the Arundel Festival, 18th-27th August, and help raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
Our authors will be manning a bookstall outside the Cancer Research UK shop, on the High Street in Arundel, for the ten days of the Arundel Festival.
With many new Chindi Authors joining us this year, our stall will offer sixty titles covering a range of genres to suit all ages throughout the festival. The authors manning the stall are always happy to sign books, and have a chat. With this in mind we thought we would share a little about each of the authors you can expect to meet and when you will be able to see them.
Carol Thomas, who gained a publishing contract with Ruby Fiction in 2017, writes contemporary romance novels with relatable heroines whose stories are layered with emotion, sprinkled with laughter and topped with irresistible male leads. She also writes children’s books with irresistibly cute, generally furry characters, young children can relate to. (Find Carol on the stall all day on both weekends – including the bank holiday – and weekdays 9-10am / 4-5pm)
Dan Jones shares his 40th birthday with the Arundel Festival! Dan is the author of many bestselling books on hypnosis, meditation, self-help, parenting and autism based on his personal experiences as someone with autism and his professional experiences as a mind-body and hypnotherapy trainer and parenting specialist, and within mental health services. To celebrate his 40th birthday, he is also launching his latest book, Bedtime Stories for Grown Ups, available throughout the festival. (Dan will be on the stall, all day on Saturday 18th, Thursday 23rd 1-5pm, Friday 24th 10am-4pm and for the entire bank holiday weekend.)
Julia Dean, writing as J. L. Dean, writes historic, literary fiction based upon her extensive research in the British Library. Her debut novel, “And I Shall Be Healed” follows the experiences of a young and troubled army chaplain as he navigates life on the Western Front in 1917 and examines the effect of war on the individual. (Julia will be on the stall from 10am-1pm on Saturday 18th.)
Children’s author Gunvor Johansson writes books, suitable for 7-12-year-olds, which entertain and educate her readers, leading them on adventures under the sea or back through time. (Meet Gunvor on Saturday 19th, Monday 21st and Wednesday 23rd 11am-3pm)
Children’s author Lu Thomson writes stories centered around tackling childhood worries and concerns, providing positive messages and encouragement, and boosting confidence. (Lu Thomson will be on the stall on Sunday 19th 11am-1pm and Saturday 25th 10am-1pm)
Derek Nudd is a popular historian drawn to the human stories behind the great cataclysms of the twentieth century. ‘Armageddon Fed Up with This’ follows an articulate conscript from the Blitz to Normandy and North-West Europe, while ‘Castaways of the Kriegsmarine’ tracks German naval survivors through the British interrogation system. (Meet Derek Monday 20th 10am-1pm and Wednesday 22nd 1-4pm)
If you love Agatha Christie, then look out for Isabella Muir’s series of three Sussex Crime mysteries. In the late sixties, in the fictional seaside town of Tamarisk Bay, Janie Juke, a young librarian turned amateur sleuth, follows in the footsteps of her hero, Hercule Poirot, trying to solve crimes and mysteries. (Isabelle will be on the stall Monday 20th 1-4pm and Wednesday 22nd 10am-1pm)
Patricia Feinberg Stoner is the author of comedy anecdotes and humorous tales. Her book At Home in the Pays d’Oc, inspired by her time spent as an ex-pat living in France, won the One Stop Fiction Five-Star Book Award. (Find Patricia Tuesday 21st 10am-1pm and Thursday 23rd 1-4pm)
Rosemary Noble writes page turning historical novels set in the 19th century. She’ll make you cry, she’ll make you gasp, and she will make you burn with indignation, but sometimes she’ll let you sigh with pleasure and relief. (Rosemary will be manning the stall on Tuesday 21st 10am-1pm and Thursday 23rd 10am-1pm)
Elaine Hankin is the author of eight novels and a book of short stories. Her ideas for characters and plots come from working in Italy and Switzerland. However, her latest novel, Footprints on my Doorstep, is set in her hometown on the South Coast. (Meet Elaine Tuesday 21st 1-4pm)
Helen Christmas has a passion for gripping sagas with strong characters. Her debut novel, ‘Beginnings’ combines a thriller/mystery with romantic suspense and is the first book in her decade-spanning series, ‘Same Face Different Place,’ set in the criminal underworld of London. Meet Helen on Tuesday 21st 1-4pm and Saturday 25th 1-4pm)
Julia Macfarlane runs Aldwick Publishing and Bognor Regis Write Club. Her own short stories explore business life, personal lives and impossible situations with dark wit and well-drawn characters. She also produces anthologies of stories and poems with fellow Sussex writers, and has compiled the popular Chichester Ghost Tour. (Julia will be on the stall on Wednesday 22nd 10am-4pm)
In 2017 Susanne Haywood’s Tigger: Memoirs of a Cosmopolitan Cat was awarded the inaugural Stephen Memorial Prize for books about cats of distinctive character by Bookangel, a site that promotes independently published books. (Meet Susanne Thursday 23rd 10am-1pm)
John Hall grew up in Sussex and has an agricultural background. His “what-if” story set in 1940, during World War Two, Under the Yew Tree, imagines the German occupation of the South East of England and the actions of the local Resistance – naturally mostly made up of local farmers and farm workers. (Find John manning the stall on Friday 24th 10am-4pm)
Christopher Joyce writes mystery novels for children from 7+. Dyslexic friendly and richly illustrated, the books are based in Chichester where creatures solve the problems created by the Twolegs. (Meet Chris on Sunday 26th 11am-4pm)
We also have a range of books by these talented writers:
Described as “Gifted” in the Financial Times, traditionally published author, Michael Parker, writes stand-alone novels that cover all bases: crime, action & adventure, thriller and a romance novel.
Award winning author Jane Cable writes page-turning romance with a twist of suspense in a beautiful British setting.
Angela Petch writes historical and contemporary fiction mostly set in Tuscany, where she lives half the year. Her area was occupied in WW2, and she researches stories of passion, courage and romance to weave into fiction. She is also published in women’s magazines.
Joanne Mallory writes romance with a dash of magic, based around the beautiful south coast of England. Jo also writes mindful advice for writers, because she’s made plenty of mistakes along the way, and thought she’d share the ups and downs.
Please do make a date to go along and give our authors your support and help them raise funds for Cancer Research UK. They are always happy to chat about writing, books, their varied paths to publication and no doubt, as they will be standing outside for ten days, the weather!
If you are unable to make it along to the Arundel Festival but would like to donate to Cancer Research UK via our stall, please visit our donation page, where donations can be made by card or Paypal:
All donations received will be added to our fundraising total and will go directly to the charity. Thank you.