Strode course inspires Wells man to write début spy thriller
It was the Creative Writing evening course at Strode College that gave Simon Lawder the confidence that has finally seen his spy conspiracy thriller Under Current launched in print this month.
“Under Current, now published by local company Mercer Books of Mells, is my début novel. It concerns an international espionage conspiracy at the heart of government. I found it odd that, since the Cambridge Five in the 1950’s, no more spy networks had been unearthed in Whitehall; or at least we were never told. So I decided to invent my own, deep cover traitors dedicated to the humiliation of this country. The story describes their recruitment, how they set up a plot to assassinate a leading figure, and the desperate race to stop them.
“While I was away living and working in France, I wrote a series of irreverent newsletters about the French way of life, as a way of keeping in touch with friends and family back home. By the time I returned to Wells, I’d really caught the writing bug. The Strode course leaders did a great job of training me to craft my work. One short story led to another, then I started exploring some of the big What if? questions we all face in today’s world.
“By then, a small group of us were meeting every two weeks in Glastonbury under the guidance of author and course leader Liz Williams, where we each present the latest chapter of our novel for the others to review.
“Under Current is my third novel, all featuring several of the same characters, heroes and villains, but this is the first one to go public. The other two, a conspiracy by billionaire businessmen to take political control and the rise of extremism in the Western world, need more work. That’s my next task: to get them ready for publication.
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