Paulette Kranjac, co-bookwriter of Rock Star Widow, has been writing since her childhood. Then, she wrote couplets, poetry, and short stories and as an entrepreneur in her thirties and beyond, progressed to crafting creative commentary pieces about marketing which included calls to action for social responsibility during her four-decade career.
Kranjac had been honored in her marketing field in business and became known as a “bellwether” and a voice of leadership prior to her health-oriented writing journey culminating with her book New Way to Grieve, self-published on Amazon 2021. The book came about due to substantial losses in a short period of time which led her to a personal discovery about grieving which she shares with others.
Paulette grew up in Manhattan, living one floor above the great Daniel Steele…often abroad then at Sorbonne... and where friends in grammar school like Christopher Norris, who went on to be the nurse in Trapper John who a second grader with Paulette played Marta in Sound of Music on Broadway and later a role in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. She recalls one incredible experience when the beautiful Norris’s mother had the second-grade class in an ensemble school performance, gathered around her crinoline ruffles, all yodeling through Lonely Goatherd from that show. "It was an authentic moment as an actor, even though it was an amateur performance, and I was thrilled!"
Paulette recalls her own performances in camp shows too and in ballet dance recitals. Once she played a lessor lead, Lady Tiang in The King and I… convincing herself that she could not sing well despite the role including song. Paulette regularly attended Broadway shows growing up recalling seeing Fiddler on the Roof on her 11th birthday. Most recently (2019) Paulette played a part in an off-off-Broadway rendition of a Purim Schpiel that required lines, song, and dance.
Then during Covid, taking a walk in Central Park listening to Hamilton via air pods, Paulette realized that there was enough rich dialog in her book to adapt the book as a musical. That there were messages that could not wait to be shared with a large viewing audience and that she would seek a collaborator and get it done and get the show to Broadway to make a difference and to be in the zone for a Tony.