Welcome to the City of Angels, where angels don’t
really exist. This is the unsettling world of Los Angeles
advertising, where glossy, high-fashion campaigns
obscure the power, sex, and corruption underneath.
This is a world whose inhabitants think
nothing of blurring moral and ethical barriers.
They play to win, but winning comes with a heavy price.
Occupation: Managing Partner, Keller Whitman Group
Wants: Original Chagalls, beautiful women, relentless workouts, to win at all costs
Poison: Bruichladdich Black Art 1992 Scotch
Kryptonite: Jane Mercer
Occupation: Director of Accounts, Warren Mitchell & Associates
Resides: Santa Monica
Wants: Couture on a budget, a bigger apartment, to be good at something, true love
Poison: Dom Perignon (when someone else is buying)
Kryptonite: Craig Keller
Occupation: Violinist with LA Philharmonic, Music Professor at USC.
Resides: Santa Monica
Wants: An honest woman, a house with a white picket fence, Ina Garten’s latest
Poison: Café Americano
Kryptonite: Risky business
Occupation: News Anchor, KVLA
Resides: West Hollywood
Wants: Her own show, mass adulation, larger breasts
Poison: Vodka, Soda, Lime
Occupation: Managing Partner, Warren Mitchell & Associates
Resides: Los Feliz
Wants: Respect for being mentored by Ogilvy, status quo, obedient employees
Kryptonite: Office drama
Occupation: Owns her own software company
Resides: Laurel Canyon
Wants: A clean divorce, a good party, the spring Chanel line
Poison: A fine red
Kryptonite: Boy toys
Occupation: Creative Director, Warren Mitchell & Associates
Resides: Sherman Oaks
Wants: Partnership, to have the BIG idea, the agency to go public
Poison: An ice-cold beer on a warm afternoon
Occupation: Media queen, Keller Whitman Group
Resides: Beverly Hills High Rise
Wants: Nicorette gum, a good New York bagel, a pair of balls
Poison: Strong coffee
Kryptonite: Cigarettes and Shalimar
Occupation: Creative Director, Keller Whitman Group
Resides: Venice Beach
Wants: Awards, small logos, no more revisions
Kryptonite: Lack of weed
Occupation: Vice President of Accounts, Keller Whitman Group
Resides: Somewhere in the O.C.
Wants: To cause Craig’s demise
Poison: Red Bull and Vodka
Kryptonite: Anyone who gets in her way
Keller Whitman Group:
Known as: National Agency
Age: 8 Years
Location: Downtown Los Angeles
Wants: To Be King of the World
Reputation: Big Man on Campus (BMOC)
Warren Mitchell & Associates:
Known as: Boutique Agency
Age: 18 Years
Location: Downtown Santa Monica
Wants: To be in the big leagues
Reputation: Good creative, never hooks the big one
Author of the series
Truth, Lies, and Love in Advertising.
Adele Royce (a pen name concocted from two middle names) has had quite a journey so far. She fell in love with advertising at an early age – mostly from watching daytime reruns of Bewitched – this when skipping class through some feigned ailment. And, although Adele prefers Darrin 2 to Darrin 1, she was interminably fixated on the hilarity of mixing witchcraft with the invention of advertising campaigns, and the drama surrounding it.
Born in the heart of Los Angeles, Adele grew up not knowing what she wanted to be. But she wrote. Starting around age seven, she drove her teachers crazy pushing stories and poetry. She always had a penchant for the English language, which naturally, and rather stereotypically, made her horrible at math.
Adele entered college and became an English major (no surprise!), reading and writing about the literary greats. Her favorite authors? Nabakov, the Brontes, Hugo, Whitman – the pop 40 of classics. But her guilty pleasure was what became chick lit or women’s fiction or whatever the branding geniuses ended up with to describe stories women like – stories about relationships, men and women, singlehood, marriage and motherhood – stuff that should be consumed on a cozy couch dressed in pajamas and sipping wine.
After getting her lit degree, Adele pursued a career every English major would love: She went into publicity and advertising in the casino industry.
Adele originally vowed to be an English professor – but being broke and in severe student loan debt put her on a different path. After wandering the hinterlands of Nevada seeking adventure, she landed on the Las Vegas Strip.
The casino industry in general is a mind-blowing experience; but picture a youngish PR woman juggling the promotion of famous entertainers, restaurants, night clubs and retail stores. Oh, and gambling. Lots of gambling.
Adele essentially got into The Fly machine with Curious George (not saying she looks anything like a monkey) unwittingly scraping up against non-fictional characters who boasted joyously unsavory reputations one could only imagine. Yet, they existed in her colorful world full of unbelievable plot twists – for many years.
With some luck, Adele took her PR battle scars and moved into advertising; her already unpredictable life changed forever. For this was what she always dreamed of since her Bewitched days – but now she could live it, sans witchcraft, for the most part.
At some point, she met the love of her life and escaped to Miami, where she started a marketing consulting company. Adele’s passion for writing conjured three manuscripts in a series – all about the world of advertising. The trilogy is rife with vibrant fictional characters in Adele’s favorite city: L.A. Adele has also received seven consecutive first place awards for her short stories – soon to be published in a collection!