CHINDI is a network of independent authors living in and around Chichester, West Sussex. We share ideas, expertise and contacts to reach as many readers as possible.
Christopher Joyce was on holiday in Cape Verde when he had a dream about writing a book about the Creatures of Chichester. Before long, he had notes on Button and Stitchley, two inquisitive spiders that live in Marco’s menswear shop in North Street; two famous falcons, Pulpit and Crypt that live in the Cathedral and also poor little Streak and his best canine friend, Knuckles who live at M J Penfolds, the butcher’s shop not far from the big fire station.
I am fascinated by the twists and turns of fate, what makes us who we are; how a different day’s weather can cause a battle to be lost or won, or an assassin’s bullet hit or miss its intended target in the split of a second. How different would the outcome of WW2 have been if Hitler had been killed by a sniper; or the weather on the eastern front been mild instead of the freezing winter that prevailed at the end of 1942?
Dan Jones spends his time people watching, refining his observation skills. Since childhood he has held a fascination with hypnosis. He has written a number of non-fiction books including Amazon No1 bestsellers ‘The Psychology of Big Brother’ and ‘Advanced Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Scripts’. In 2013 he wrote 'The Hypnotic Assassin’, deciding the best way to write the novel was in a hypnotic trance.
Helen Christmas lives with her husband Peter on the south coast of England. ‘Beginnings’, described by fans as a ‘real page turner’ is set in the dark, criminal underworld of 1970s London. Part thriller and part romance, it is a story of two young people, unwittingly caught up in a conspiracy to end the life of a British MP – forced into hiding and desperate to escape from the deadly enemies who are hunting them.
Julian Kirkman-Page; a successful businessman, spent most of his working life in the City, commuting to and from London Bridge station.
He lives on the south coast with his wife, and when not in the City or writing, spends much of his spare time in or under water, or looking up at the night sky and wondering. He has two daughters, three nieces, a grandson, and a sabre-toothed tiger called Scabby Fish-head.
Jill King pursued a highly successful professional life in the City of London for over thirty years. In 2012 she decided to pursue a second career as a writer, and moved to Chichester. In this innovative biography she reveals the extraordinary life of Aitch Peters, a leading international hair stylist, through conversations between them as she has her haircut at the Sassoon salon in London.
Perhaps writing is in my blood. My father, Mercer Simpson, was a poet; my cousin, Roger Hubank, a novelist; Roger’s uncle, John Hampson was also a novelist and it’s even rumoured that John Keats is somewhere back there in the family tree. It was reaching the final of The Alan Titchmarsh Show’s People’s Novelist competition in 2011 which made me take my writing seriously.