Names Have Been Changed to Protect...Me
A young Marine is severely wounded on the island of Okinawa during the second world war. He is sent back to the states and admitted into a naval hospital in Santa Cruz, California. While there, the young man meets a prominent film director visiting the hospital researching a documentary he's making.
Impressed by the young man's film knowledge and desire to become a screenwriter, the director, Austin Cain, tells the Marine to look him up once he's recovered and released from the hospital.
When the young man, Thomas Armstrong, returns home, he tells anyone who'll listen about meeting the man who directed the hit movie, The Crimson Crow, but nobody seems to care.
I thought this might be an excellent subplot to my novel, Machine of War. Others thought it might be a lawsuit.