Pauline B. Rogers started her writing career on Madison Avenue creating advertising copy for clients such as Wonder Bread, Palmolive, and Bayer Aspirin. After a stint as a Box Office Manager, she became the first woman Concert Tour Promoter in the music industry, which led to a cross-country move to Los Angeles. Shifting from the music biz to the movie biz, Pauline did a short stint as a television writer then switched gears, working in the publicity departments of several low budget features. She then moved on to the talk show/game show world, eventually becoming an inhouse publicist for The Merv Griffin Organization where she remained for ten years before moving into full-time writing.
In addition to publishing more than two thousand articles on the entertainment industry, Pauline has published three books: Contemporary Cinematographers on Their Art, More Contemporary Cinematographers on Their Art, The Art of Visual Effects. Her magazine feature, My Best Friend The Camera—a tribute to one of her mentors, Sidney Lumet—earned her a coveted MAGGIE Award.
A graduate of American International College with a double BA in English Literature/Shakespeare, Pauline completed graduate studies at Hunter College working towards her Master’s Degree in Theatre of the Absurd and also studied for an Associate’s Degree in Film at Columbia University.
Pauline has served on the Board of Directors of LACAAW (Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women), as well as the Board of City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts. While working with LACAAW she was a rape crisis counselor and served as Technical Advisor for several television and feature projects dealing with rape and abuse.
She is an active member of Women in Film, PEN, Author’s Guild, WGAW and the International Federation of Journalists.
A FRESH HELL is Pauline’s first foray into long-form fiction. It's a contemporary women's fiction novel about a 40-year-old woman who has a complicated relationship with her abusive mother, goes home for her mother's funeral home after being estranged for ten years.
Pauline continues to compile “stories from the set” for a future non-fiction book on the lighter side of the industry – and what it’s really like to work on a movie/television set.
Coming in 2019, Kane and Cyrstal Mystery Series Book 1 - set in 1980s Hollywood.
A Fresh Hell
Rikki Greene is thankful for everything she has—a satisfying career as a Hollywood movie publicist, good friends who are more like family, a sense of humor that comes in handy in a business where you never have to grow up, Moppet, her four-legged BFF, who shares her passion for McDonald’s vanilla soft serve, and a budding friendship with Hollywood tough guy actor Jake Stanley that maybe, just maybe, could blossom into a romance.
But, like her idol, Dorothy Parker, every time the phone rings, she wonders – what fresh hell is this?
Rikki has dealt with more than her share of fresh hells in her 40 years, and she has the scars to prove it. But when she gets an urgent phone call on the set of her friend’s latest movie, she has no choice but to walk into the fire once more. Rikki’s domineering, manipulative mother has passed away. And now, ten years since her last disastrous visit, Rikki goes back to the small New England town where she grew up. Back to being Rachel Greenberg. Misfit and outcast.
Planning her mother’s funeral, moving her diva-esque father to the Jewish Nursing Home, and selling the dilapidated house she grew up in, is more than enough for Rikki to handle. But her very own “Mommy Dearest” took one final shot. A tiny little codicil to her will—a “How Can I Get My Daughter to Feel Guilty for the Rest of her Life Manifesto”—that could force Rikki back into Rachel’s world for the rest of her life.
Trapped in her hometown until she can untangle the legal mess her mom created, Rikki has to juggle nosy relatives who want to pick over every last cup and saucer in her parents’ house, misguided neighbors who refer to her parents as “the two dearest people in the world,” and over-the-top gossip about Rikki’s life in La-La-Land. At every turn, a new fresh hell tests her will—including a family secret that threatens to push her over the edge. At this rate, she’ll need a lifetime supply of vanilla soft-serve just to get through the next few weeks.
Can Rikki finally say good-bye and good riddance to Rachel Greenberg once and for all and claim a chance at her own happy ending? Or will this fresh hell turn her life into a permanent bad movie?
Awards and Recognition
- In addition to publishing more than two thousand articles on the entertainment industry, Pauline has published three books: Contemporary Cinematographers on Their Art, More Contemporary Cinematographers on Their Art, The Art of Visual Effects. Her magazine feature, My Best Friend The Camera—a tribute to one of her mentors, Sidney Lumet—earned her a coveted MAGGIE Award.