Your Stage : Left Coast Crime by Martin Roy Hill

Martin Roy Hill

Left Coast Crime

If anyone on Stage 32 is attending the Left Coast Crime conference in San Diego this week, stop by this panel I’m on Friday at 4 pm: “Inside the Mind of a Cop: Law enforcement officials talk reality versus fiction.” I’ll be talking about how military law enforcement is portrayed in books and film.

Jenean McBrearty

Do you have summaries or a book out? I can't attend (San Deigo ex-pat) but would to hear your "take" on issues.

Martin Roy Hill

Sorry, no book. I'm the red-headed step child on the panel. Everyone else is a retired cop; my experience is military L/E from the reserves, so that's what I'll be talking about. If you're interested in that subject, you can check out this blog I wrote about military L/E at https://www.martinroyhill.com/martin-s-writers-blog/military_le

Cumberlain Rattlesnake

LCC Conf sounds fun... is there any room for film-noir spec screenplay guy like me?

Jenean McBrearty

Thanks Martin, I'll check it out. BTW, I once had red hair, but still have managed to write books. Now, I don't mean to work your program, but you do realize your experience would make one hell'uva resource book for writers, right? MP/SP service is a unique experience with lots of jargon, acronyms, and SOPs. I will gladly read your first draft .... sign me, Nosy Parker.

Martin Roy Hill

Cumberlain, LCC is opened to all. Registration is closed, but day passes can be purchased at the registration table. http://www.leftcoastcrime.org/2020/Registration.html

Martin Roy Hill

Jenean, my wife has red hair. :) Professionally, I've been a journalist (20+ years) and a Navy analyst in combat casualty care (16 years), but I also have more than 20 years in three branches of the military reserves. So most of my books have military themes in one way or another. I also served on our local sheriff's wilderness SAR team and a federal disaster medical response team. I do work with writers when they have questions in these areas. Last month I taught a month-long online course for Sisters in Crime on wilderness search and rescue. I've also occasionally give a talk to writers groups called Violence 101: Writing about Violence with Authenticity and Responsibility. In addition to being a novelist, I'm a freelance book editor (http://tiny.cc/MRHillPublishing) and specialize in working with authors writing about the military.

Jenean McBrearty

I was raised in San Diego, when there was the ferry to North Island, and taught classes all over the place: MCRD, NTC, 32nd St., Anti-Sub Warfare School, San Clemente Island, Camp Pendleton..... Ah....those were the days! I'll be getting War Stories soon...and will definitely keep your contact info close by .... I do have a question you may know off the top of your head: were the ranks of the SS the same as the ranks of the Reichswehr?

Martin Roy Hill

Do you mean Reichswehr or Wehrmacht? The former was pre-WWII (1919-35). Wehrmacht came after. My new book that comes out in May, The Fourth Rising, actually has a lot of references to SS ranks. The ranks of the SS changed over the years, and varied among the different types of SS units (i.e., Allgemeine SS vs Waffen SS). Here's a website that has them listed, as well as Wehrmacht ranks https://www.wehrmacht.es/en/content/7-rank-waffen-ss

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