Seafield House was inspiration behind second book from Northam author

PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 January 2018

Jim Moreton - aka James D Mortain - with his new book, inspired by Seafield House.

Jim Moreton - aka James D Mortain - with his new book, inspired by Seafield House.


Jim Moreton - aka James D Mortain - has published his second book in the Detective Deans trilogy, and this one is inspired by another local landmark.

An ex-CID detective from Northam who topped the Amazon bestsellers list with his debut novel has released the much-anticipated sequel.

And much of the inspiration for Dead by Design came to Jim Moreton – who writes under the pen-name James D Mortain – from the iconic Seafield House in Westward Ho!

His first novel in the trilogy, Storm Log-0505, was released in 2016 and has been a number one bestseller in the psychic suspense on Amazon.

The books follow the investigative work of Bath detective Andrew Deans, with Dead by Design picking up from the cliffhanger where Storm Log left off.

Set in North Devon, while the place names are fictional, locals will recognise an iconic landmark or two in the prose.

The 47-year-old said Seafield House features at a ‘key time’ in the book, though he didn’t want to reveal too much - only that it appears under a different name.

“I was struggling with the plot and storyline and I was working on Northam Burrows at the time,” said Jim.

“I was trying to think what I could do for inspiration when I saw Seafield House.

“It was absolutely perfect; I contacted Rob Braddick who had recently bought the house and he offered to show me around.

“It’s perfect because the Pebble Ridge is key in the first book, so to have Seafield House in the second book I hope will be a great thing for Westward Ho!”

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Jim, who works as a court usher, almost missed out on having his first book published when he fell ill with viral meningitis.

As a result, he is now donating five per cent of every copy of Dead By Design sold to Meningitis Research Foundation.

The father-of-one added: “I never had a burning desire to write, so to get so many five-star reviews for the first book has been surreal.

“People couldn’t wait for the second book; the first one took me four years to write so to try and get the second one finished in a year was hard work.

“A month or two before its publication I changed the ending completely, so it sets it up for the third book.”

You can pick up a copy of Dead By Design in Walter Henry’s Bookshop in Bideford or buy a paperback or ebook copy from Amazon.

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