Pat H.
Broeske
Author/Journalist
POP CULTURE MAVEN, SO-CAL GAL

Growing up within a freeway’s crawl of Los Angeles, my “3 R’s” were reading, writing and … show business. For me, it wasn’t the romance — tour a Hollywood backlot and you discover how much is make believe. I was always interested in finding out how the magic was made. Today, whatever project I’m on, I’m still looking beyond the facades.

work

When Location Prompts a Staycation ~ Articles

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, June 28, 2017
For fictional sleuths, location can be as revealing as crime solving techniques … Rich in geographic diversity, So Cal also affords plenty of … characters. Hollywood helps, in that regard. But don’t think of all our residents as just another pretty face, and cosmetically-enhanced bod. The (many) crime novel protagonists who live and work in So Cal must deal with folks given to despair and heartbreak and dark doings–along with the usual Seismic activity– beneath the seemingly perfect surface.

Beyond the Iconic Hammett ~ Articles

Orange Coast, November 2016
As a child, Julie M. Rivett knew that her deceased grandfather was a famous writer…. She became a Hammett authority so she could represent his legacy. For Rivett, it’s tough to separate the man from the writer. “His personality is inherent in his writing – which is logical, succinct, thoughtful. Even his inability to write for all those years was about his devotion to perfection.” She adds, “I’ve come to feel a great fondness and attachment to him.”

A Real-Life Hollywood Murder ~ Articles

BookPage/Web Exclusive, October 14, 2014
The baffling 1922 murder of director William Desmond Taylor gets true-crime treatment in Tinseltown, a compelling interweaving of star power, the machinations of power brokers and the desperation of the wannabes and the washed up. Together they provide the book’s apt subtitle: “Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood.”

Orange County Confidential ~ Articles

Orange Coast, November 2014
Another Orange County exists beyond the sunshine, surf and shimmering national image as a haven from crime. And it’s not always pretty.

On A Tragic Anniversary, Remembering JFK ~ Articles

BookPage, November 2013
Fifty years after gunshots rang out in Dallas’ Dealey Plaza, the collective memory continues to celebrate the life and achievements of John F. Kennedy, and to ponder his death. Authors and publishers are also remembering the November 22nd anniversary with dozens of new books on Kennedy’s assassination and legacy. We’ve poured through the stacks to point readers toward some of the best.

A sampling of work product — newspapers, magazines, books — and TV too!

biography

The byline “Pat H. Broeske” has appeared on stories as disparate as an examination of Jim Morrison’s poetry and the ABCs of cataloguing a major archaeological collection. But it’s as a veteran chronicler of Hollywood that Broeske is best known, covering everything from popular trends to the actual business of “the Business.”

Writing credits include: The New York Times, Orange Coast, Emmy, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times (staff writer), Us, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Chicago Tribune, Interview, Soap Opera Digest, Elle, Redbook, Family Circle, Fitness, American Archaeology.

Fascinated by the convergence of “Hollywood & Crime,” Broeske is an experienced producer/writer/consultant for reality docu-drama who has conducted interviews from behind prison bars and in the back seats of squad cars. TV credits include truTV’s “Anatomy of Crime and “Video Justice” for Langley Productions (of “COPS” fame).

Two best-selling biographies, Howard Hughes: The Untold Story (Dutton) and Down at the End of Lonely Street: The Life and Death of Elvis Presley (Dutton) — co-authored with Peter Harry Brown — enjoyed major serializations, and both audio and foreign language editions. Writing … pssst … under her pseudonym of “Katharine Cummings,” Broeske examined the life of Elvis’s daughter in Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Lisa Marie Presley Story (AMI Books). She has also served as a paid consultant for university press publishers.

For many years a UCLA Extension Writers’ Program instructor, she currently teaches non-fiction writing and film as literature for Saddleback College Emeritus Institute.

A native Southern Californian, Pat H. Broeske makes her home in Orange County with architect-husband James Broeske and a menagerie of rescue cats and dogs. She is a lifelong mystery buff, serving on the board of Orange County Sisters in Crime, and is a member of Mystery Writers of America.

news flash
September 1, 2018

“One small step for man” & a Hollywood backtrack

“First Man,” the biopic about astronaut Neil Armstrong – the first man to walk on the moon – won’t be out until October. But in pre-release interviews, director Damien Chazell and star Ryan Gosling sound as though they made a fantasy instead of a fact-based film. See, the movie purposely doesn’t include the iconic event in which Armstrong planted an American flag on the lunar surface.

On my Facebook page, you can read about Hollywood’s love of tampering with history – especially when the filmmakers are uneasy about certain subjects. As with “Walk the Line,” the Johnny Cash movie that all-but dodged the singer’s sincere Christian beliefs!

Check out my post and see if you agree. Or maybe you’ll want me to catch the first flight outta town … in that case, I’m opting for a ticket to the moon. Where that flag might still be waving!

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Pat H. Broeske

(714) 543-6690
Phbauth@aol.com

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