A spy thriller novelist from Chalfont St Peter is celebrating after her 10th book hit the Amazon best-seller list.
Denise Beddows is the brains behind The Hunt for Wotak, which climbed to number three in the political / suspense thriller category.
The book chronicles the efforts of M15 agents attempting to track down and eliminate the sinister “Wotak”, which is extorting money from the government by claiming responsibility for a string of cyber-attacks – amid interference from a hostile foreign state.
It is part of a series of stand-alone spy thrillers, inspired by modern day events and the potential chaos faced by post-Brexit Britain.
Denise, a retired civil servant, told My News how she was “very excited” by the success of her latest literary offering.
“It focuses on what might happen if everything went bottoms up after Brexit,” she explained.
“Cyber-attacks on airlines and communication systems are often played down but happening every day.
“The book weaves real-life events into fiction to serve as entertainment and a warning.
“It is a fascinating world to write about, who are the real heroes and who are the traitors?
“For readers it is all the excitement and danger of being a spy but you don’t need to leave your armchair!
Denise travelled to more than 28 countries during her career, surviving being tear-gassed and mortar-bombed.
“At the time you look back and think it was frightening – but goodness it was jolly exciting too,” she revealed.
Born in Manchester, Denise arrived in Buckinghamshire in 1982, initially settling in Iver before moving to Chalfont St Peter 14 years ago.
The author, who also writes non-fiction under the title DJ Kelly, has explored the rich and rebellious history of the county in another book, Buckinghamshire Spies and Subversives.
Denise is one of three local authors, including J.A Marley from Chorleywood and Tony Kent from Chalfont St Peter, who will speak at the 2021 Chalfont St Giles and Jordans Literary Festival, rescheduled from this year due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
“The talk is called Crime Pays – and it does, if you are a crime writer!” Denise added.
“I plan to keep writing until I drop, I never seem to run out of ideas.”