A chance meeting with a special-forces-operative-turned-author sparked the book an ex-CID detective never knew he had in him.Jim Moreton who writes under the pen-name James D Mortain had never thought about writing a book before he met author Chris Ryan in a bar. But after moving to Northam from Bath following the death of his father and birth of his daughter, Jim decided to give it a go. And now, four years later, the 45-year-old has just released his first novel, Storm Log-0505. The book, which pays homage to his old collar number of 12 years in its title, is set in a fictional North Devon town. It follows detective Bath Andrew Deans, who heads to North Devon searching for a missing student, in what soon becomes a murder hunt with a supernatural twist. Jim, who now works as a court usher, said: Chris Ryan told me I already had an inside view on how the police work, which many authors spend ages learning. So I took a leap of faith. When I got my first copy it really was an incredible moment. Its had some amazing reviews on Amazon and Ive already started on the next book as this is a series of three. I also have a competition for anyone who leaves a review to get their name in the next book.Storm Log-0505 is available on Amazon, in Barnstaple Waterstones and Walter Henrys.For more North Devon stories visit our news feed here.