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…ever wondered where fact and fiction merge in a novel?… Author Martin Roy Hill knows…

…I recently read Martin Roy Hill’s new Peter Brandt novel, THE LAST REFUGE… it’s a cracking 5-star story, and due for launch on the Great God Amazon Kindle on February 29th… it seems so real… and here’s why… listen to Martin:



I’m often asked how I came up with the plot elements of The Last Refuge— the greed, corruption, and government secrets in the story line, as well as the friendly fire incident that launches the book. Easy. It all happened.

All of the plots in my books are based on some historical fact. True life events inspired the plot elements in both of my Peter Brandt mysteries, Empty Places and The Last Refuge; some of which I covered as a journalist.

For instance, the inspiration for the opening scene in The Last Refuge—the deadly friendly fire incident during Operation Desert Storm in 1991—were several actual incidents that occurred during that war. There were at least eleven blue-on-blue attacks during Desert Storm, two of which served as the models for the attack that opens The Last Refuge. No government likes to admit mistakes and cover-ups of friendly fire incidents are not unknown. Just look at the attempted cover up of the death by friendly fire of former American football player Pat Tillman while serving with the U.S. Rangers in Afghanistan in 2004.

I was an investigative journalist in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and one I covered was how the U.S. helped finance Iraq’s massive weapons program. Both the Reagan and Bush administrations covertly provided Hussein billions of dollars in funding which he used in his weapons of mass destruction programs. After Desert Storm, there was a scramble by the White House to cover up its involvement in Hussein’s weapons build up.

In the 1980s, the Reagan administration’s reckless defense spending fostered a corrupt environment in the U.S. defense industry, resulting in a three-year probe by the FBI called Operation Ill Wind.

Then, in the early 1990s, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War caught the U.S. defense industry flat-footed. War. Defense contractors struggled to win what few military contracts there were, and the industry underwent a dramatic downsizing, leaving thousands laid off. The U.S. economy went into a tailspin that took years to come out of.

I used these historic facts to create the environment The Last Refuge takes place in. Unfortunately, we saw similar scandals during the most recent war with Iraq. But you’ll have to wait for my next book to see how I handle that.

Author of:
The Killing Depths
Empty Places
Eden: A Sci-Fi Novella

…thanks for the insight, Martin… for the rest of yeez Lads and Lassies of Blog Land, yeez can click to pre-order thus :



…see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!



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…Martin Roy Hill’s insightful piece on what a writer reads to help him write…

…my pal, Author Martin Roy Hill has an engaging post on his blog http://www.martinroyhill.com/martin-s-writers-blog about material that writers are well advised to have around when crafting their own masterpieces… he also graciously mentions my own wee SELF-PUBLISHING GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL SALES… thanks, that man… here’s the post:

What’s on Your Writer’s Bookshelf?

If you live in the U.S., you’re probably familiar with that series of credit card commercials that always end, “What’s in your wallet?” I was thinking about that the other day as I was browsing my book shelves at home and wondering what kind of books other writers keep around.

Writers are different readers from normal (i.e., sane) people. We not only write for a living, we read for a living as well. We have to read other writers in our own genre to see what the competition is doing (and learn from them). We read for research, so we don’t make big mistakes like saying Paris is the capital of Great Britain. And we read to improve our craft.

I write thrillers and mysteries. When it comes to writing about crime, I benefit from a life in which I have worked as a police reporter for a daily newspaper, and been involved in law enforcement operations as a U.S. Coastguardsman, a military policeman, and a sheriff’s reservist. Heck, I was even trained as a SWAT medic. 

As a result, my bookshelves are filled with books and manual acquired from attending various law enforcement training programs. Yet I still have a number of books that were written about law enforcement specifically for writers. Among these are Anne Wingate’s Scene of the Crime: A Writer’s Guide to Crime Scene Investigation, Keith D. Wilson’s Cause of Death: A Writer’s Guide to Death, Murder, and Forensic Medicine, and the Mystery Writers of America’s Mystery Writer’s Handbook.

Over the years, I’ve written many articles for magazines and websites on military history. As a result, my bookshelves are crammed with history books on everything from the Napoleonic Wars to the latest conflicts. While these were collected to support my nonfiction writing, they still come in useful for my fiction work.

For instance, when I was writing my military mystery thriller, The Killing Depths, I needed to learn as much as I could about submarines and submarine warfare. Fortunately, I already had several books about submarines, though I ended up buying and reading several more. My history collection also was helpful in writing my noir mystery, Empty Places, which takes place in the mid-1980s and tangentially involves the U.S. involvement in proxy wars in Central America. 

My latest book was a step outside the normal lane of thrillers. Eden: A Sci-Fi Novella invokes a great deal of history and religious symbolism. In writing it, I found Carl Jung’s Man and His Symbolsextremely helpful. Eden describes an alternative history of the rise of mankind.

The narrator is an U.S. Army captain named Adam Cadman, which is an alternate spelling for Adam Kadmon. In the religious writings of Kabbalah, Adam Kadmon is the original or “primordial” man, and that theme runs through the entire book. It was reading Jung’s book that gave me the idea for Captain Adam Cadman, and I have turned to the book again and again for inspiration for other writing projects. 

Like most authors, I have a number of books on writing. One of my favorites is David Morrell’s The Successful Novelist: A Lifetime of Lessons about Writing and Publishing. Morrell, who created the character Rambo in his novel First Blood, is considered by many to be the father of the modern thriller. In Successful Novelist, Morrell uses his own writing career to illustrate the do’s and don’ts of novel writing and publishing.

Others books that have had an impact on my writing include Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, and James N. Frey’s How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II: Advanced Techniques for Dramatic Storytelling.

As all good writers should, I always have a collection of dictionaries and thesauri. One unusual thesaurus I’ve found very helpful in my writing is The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression, by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. When I get stuck on how to describe a character’s reaction to a situation, this book can usually help me get unstuck.

As an independent author, I’m not only the writer of my books; I’m their public relations and marketing director as well. One of the first books I picked up for this was Shelley Hitz’s Marketing Your Book on Amazon: 21 Things You Can Easily Do For Free to Get More Exposure and Sales, which I found extremely helpful.

Fellow indie author Jay Allan Storey, author of futuristic dystopian novel, Eldorado, recommended to me Tom Corson-Knowles’ book The Amazon Analytics Bible: How To Use Analytics To Sell More Books On Amazon And Make Better Marketing Decisions, which I also found immensely helpful. Another writing colleague, Seumas Gallacher, author of the the Jack Calder series of thrillers, wrote the very informative and frequently hilarious, Self-Publishing Steps To Successful Sales

Perhaps you have certain books you turn to for help on your research, writing, or marketing. So I ask you, “What’s on your bookshelf?”



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