A chance meeting with an author in Bath sparked an idea for former CID detective, now living in Northam, who went on to write his first novel.

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.

“It’s had some amazing reviews on Amazon and I’ve 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 Henry’s.

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