Martin Roy Hill in the News

Martin Roy Hill to speak at San Diego Chapter of Sisters in Crime

posted Jun 30, 2017, 9:27 AM by Martin Roy Hill

SAN DIEGO, CA: Partners in Crime, the San Diego chapter of the national organization Sisters in Crime, welcomes local author and chapter member Martin Roy Hill as our speaker on Saturday, July 8 at Mysterious Galaxy.

            Hill is the author of the Peter Brandt mysteries, The Killing Depths, the sci-fi novella Eden, and the award-winning short story collection, Duty. The Butcher’s Bill, his sequel to The Killing Depths, was released in June 2017.

            His subject will be Violence 101: A Primer for Writers, which will focus on the impact of violent injuries on victims. (Please see his bio below.)

Hill has special expertise in his subject. He has been a medic in three branches of the military. Most recently, as a medical service corps officer in a component of the California National Guard, he helped train combat medics for Iraq and Afghanistan. He has also served as both a wilderness search-and-rescue (SAR) medic and a tactical medic as a reserve sergeant in his local sheriff's department, and as an EMT on a federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team. In his “day job” he is a U.S. Navy analyst in combat casualty care.

July’s reader will be chapter member Marcia Buompensiero, who writes the Theo Hunter mystery series under the name Loren Zahn. She will read from her new novel Sumerland, which won first place in the mystery category in the 2017 San Diego Book Awards. (Please see her bio below.)

            Both will have books available for purchase.

The meeting will be held at Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Avenue, #100, San Diego 92111, starting at the usual 3:30 p.m. with a social half hour, with the meeting running from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Mystery Tribune features MRH and The Butcher's Bill

posted Apr 25, 2017, 2:49 PM by Martin Roy Hill   [ updated Apr 25, 2017, 2:50 PM ]

April 15, 2017 - Mystery Tribune, the New York-based magazine for mystery readers, this month featured Martin Roy Hill and his forthcoming thriller, The Butcher's Bill.

In a wide-ranging interview, Martin discusses how his background in the military and as an investigative reporter influences his writing and his inspiration for The Butcher's Bill, the second in his Linus Schag, NCIS, series. Schag made his first appearance in Martin's debut novel, The Killing Depths.

In The Butcher's Bill, a former NCIS agent, Bill Butcher, appears to go rogue. He enlists the help of his closest friend, Schag, to reveal the truth behind his apparent madness.

The Butcher's Bill will be published June 30 in softcover print and as aKindle e-book.

Read Mystery Tribune's interview with Marin here.

MRH Named 'Author to Watch' By Best Indie Books

posted Nov 25, 2016, 6:56 AM by Martin Roy Hill   [ updated Nov 25, 2016, 6:57 AM ]

Novermber 2016: Martin Roy Hill was named an "Author to Watch" by the Best Indie Books Awards Contest after his latest novel, The Last Refuge, was named the second place finalist in the mystery category of the national book awards contest.

Martin was notified of the honor this month. As part of this recognition, BIB published an extensive interview with him in which he discusses his life, the influences in his writing, and advice on writing.

You can read the interview at the BIB Awards website.

MRH Interviewed by Omnimystery News About The Last Refuge

posted Feb 22, 2016, 8:54 AM by Martin Roy Hill   [ updated Nov 25, 2016, 6:57 AM ]

Feb. 21, 2016: Omnimystery News, parent website for the Omnimystery family of mystery websites, interviewed Martin Roy Hill about his latest Peter Brandt mystery thriller, The Last Refuge.

Martin discusses Peter Brandt's character background, influences on Martin's writing, and a little about his writing process.

Read the interview here.

MRH Interviewed on Philosophical Perspectives Radio Show

posted Oct 24, 2015, 10:03 AM by Martin Roy Hill   [ updated Jan 28, 2016, 4:21 PM ]

Oct. 21, 2015: Did modern humans come about because of genetic manipulation by extraterrestrial aliens thousands of years ago? Did ancient civilizations like the Egyptians possess advanced knowledge about astronomy, medicine, and technology? Martin Roy Hill discussed these subjects and his latest book, Eden: A Sci-Fi Novella, on Arthur Schwartz's Philosophical Perspectives radio show. Listen to the show's podcast here.

Listen to MRH Interviewed on Indie Books Radio

posted Jul 27, 2015, 3:31 PM by Martin Roy Hill

Martin Roy Hill stopped by to talk with Indie Books Radio host Will Wilson about his latest release, Eden: A Sci-Fi Novella. Will and Martin discuss writing, publishing, indie authors, and, of course, cats!

Click here to listen in: Indie Books Radio

MRH Interviewed by About "Eden"

posted Nov 8, 2014, 11:36 AM by Martin Roy Hill   [ updated Jul 25, 2015, 1:04 PM ]

Martin Roy Hill was interviewed by the Military Science Fiction Review about his latest book, Eden: A Sci-Fi Novella.

In the interview, Martin discusses the new book, its origins, and some of his favorite sci-fi authors.

The interview can be found at

MRH Interviewed About Empty Places

posted May 11, 2014, 8:34 PM by Martin Roy Hill   [ updated Aug 31, 2017, 8:23 AM ]

SAN DIEGO (May 5, 2014) - Thriller author Martin Roy Hill was interviewed by Book Reader Magazine about his latest novel, Empty Places.

Hill discussed the early influences on his writing as well his first experience in publishing. 

While attending U.S. Coast Guard basic training, he learned from his parents his first piece was published by Reader's Digest in the magazine's Humor In Uniform section. 

"My parents sent me a letter telling me about the piece being published and I got very excited," he recalled. "My drill instructor stopped me and demanded to know why I was so excited. I told him and he responded with a straight face, 'Hill, you are a joke in uniform.' That was my first experience with critics."

The full interview can be read at Book Read Magazine.

Empty Places Featured in Library Exhibit

posted Feb 9, 2014, 8:37 AM by Martin Roy Hill   [ updated Feb 21, 2014, 9:54 AM ]

SAN DIEGO – Martin Roy Hill’s latest mystery thriller, Empty Places, is among the books featured in this year’s 48th San Diego Public Library Local Author Exhibit.

This is the second year in a row that Hill’s work has been featured in the library’s annual event honoring San Diego’s vibrant writing community. Hill’s military mystery thriller, The Killing Depths, and his award-winning short story collection, Duty: Suspense and Mystery Stories from the Cold War and Beyond, were in the library’s 2013 exhibition.

This year’s event was the first held at the new Central Library, which opened in 2013.

San Diego, California, has a rich literary history. At varying times it has been home to such novelists as Raymond Chandler, Erle Stanley Garner, Wade Miller, Joe Wambaugh, and T. Jefferson Parker.

Read more by clicking here.

Martin Roy Hill Interviewed by A.F. Stewart

posted Sep 12, 2013, 8:18 PM by Martin Roy Hill   [ updated Sep 12, 2013, 8:19 PM ]

SAN  DIEGO, CA (Sept. 12, 2013): Author Martin Roy Hill was featured in a interview on the writing blog of fellow author A.F. Stewart. 

In the interview, Hill descussed his latest book, The Killing Depths, a military mystery thriller, and his upcoming release, Empty Places, a murder myster set in the 1980s.

To read the interview visit Stewart's Rants, Reviews, and Writing blog.

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