Over two million copies of Josie Brown’s novels are in readers’ hands. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster (fiction), HarperCollins (fiction), St. Martin's Press (nonfiction), and Penguin (nonfiction), as well as an independently published author. She’s appeared at #1 on Amazon and iBooks lists on numerous occasions.
Josie is the author of
- the 22-novel Housewife Assassin’s Handbook series (Signal Press);
- the 8-novel Totlandia episodic series (Signal Press); the 3-novel Extracurricular episodic series (Signal Press); and
- the 2-novel True Hollywood Lies series (HarperCollins);
as well as The Candidate and The Baby Planner (Simon & Schuster).
Her novel, Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives (Simon & Schuster), was optioned by producer Jerry Bruckheimer for television.
PRAISE FOR JOSIE'S BOOKS:
THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S HANDBOOK:
The Last Book that Made You Laugh: "Josie's Brown's Housewife Assassin's Handbook. I taught it in a class about comic novels." —Jane Smiley, interview, The Guardian
SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES:
"Josie Brown writes with all the secrets, sex, money and scandal of an OK Magazine cover. Truly entertaining reading."—Jackie Collins, Hollywood Wives
"Josie Brown's writing is whip-smart as well as wickedly funny, and just as you are enjoying the ride she takes you on, she shatters your heart with her insight into modern lives." —Tatjana Soli, New York Times bestselling author and 2011 recipient of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction for The Lotus Eaters
THE BABY PLANNER:
"Brown takes baby mania to its illogical, hysterical extreme in this bubbly romp....But what begins as a light foray into Bugaboo country turns into something bigger than a satire of status-obsessed Bay Area yummy mummies as Brown takes a dark look at the fears of parenthood and family, with Katie's heartbreaking longing for a child unveiling a disturbing reality about her marriage and family. Still, the message from the somber realities is one full of hope: love makes a family, commitment keeps it together." —Publishers Weekly
"Already touted as the perfect summer beach read, this character-driven (sometimes steamy) book can best be described as the offspring of an affair between Desperate Housewives and a Jennifer Weiner novel... A quick look into the sometimes catty world of wealth where priorities get shifted, friendships get broken and marriages, like their mansions, get rearranged. It was light and fluffy (with some excellent dialogue.)..." —GoodHousekeeping.com
"I loved it! Josie Brown captures the highs and lows of love, lust, and marriage with heart-wrenching pathos. I'm recommending it to all my friends as the perfect beach read!" —Lisa Rinna, actress, and author of the novel Starlit
HOLLYWOOD HUNK (A True Hollywood Lies Novels):
The tone is confessional, the writing laced with venomous humor..."
—Wall Street Journal
"Brown captures the humor of working for a megalomaniac...[A] well-paced, entertaining story..." —Publishers Weekly
"A fine piece of literary work." —New York Post
"Brad, Angelina, Britney, and Kevin may want to check out Josie Brown's new novel, Impossibly Tongue-Tied, for its ripped-from-the-headlines plot that mixes their scandals together..." —PAGE SIX, New York Post
MORE ABOUT JOSIE
Josie's non-fiction works include: Last Night I Dreamt of Cosmopolitans - A Modern Girl's Dream Dictionary (St. Martin's Griffin); The Complete Idiot's Guide to Finding Mr. Right (co-written with Martin Brown; Penguin/Alpha); and Marriage Confidential: 102 Honest Answers to the Questions Every Husband Wants to Hear, and Every Wife Needs to Know (Signal Press)
Josie has interviewed over 80 authors for her podcast, Author Provocateur, and for the International Thriller Writers magazine, The Big Thrill, include such notable authors as Samantha M. Bailey, David Baldacci, C.J. Box, Allison Brennan, Lee Child, Deborah Coonts, Robert Dugoni, Barry Eisler, JT Ellison, Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, Tess Gerritsen, Andrew Gross, Kristan Higgins, Jon Land, John Lescroart, John Lutz, James Rollins, Jason Pinter, Daniel Pyne, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Jane Smiley, Brad Thor, and Debra Webb.
EVEN MORE ABOUT JOSIE:
Before becoming a full-time novelist, Josie also worked in advertising (JWT, DDB/Needham, BBM&B) and radio (WPLO-AM, Atlanta; WZGC-FM, Atlanta).
As a journalist, Josie has interviewed Maya Angelou, Brenda Blethyn, Julian Bond, Kenneth Branagh, Jackie Collins, Costa-Gavras, Craig Ferguson, John Gray, Derek Jacobi, Debbie Reynolds, and John Woo. Her celebrity interviews and relationships trends articles have been featured in Los Angeles Times Syndicate International, Redbook, and Complete Woman, as well as AOL, Yahoo, AskMen.com, Divorce360.com, and SingleMindedWomen.com, where she serves as the Relationships Channel editor.
Josie's interviews for her podcast, Author Provocateur, and for the International Thriller Writers magazine THE BIG THRILL include such notable authors as David Baldacci, C.J. Box, Allison Brennan, Lee Child, Lee Goldberg, Deborah Coonts, Robert Dugoni, Barry Eisler, JT Ellison, Jason Pinter, Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, Tess Gerritsen, Andrew Gross, Kristan Higgins, Jon Land, John Lescroart, John Lutz, James Rollins, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Brad Thor, Julie Valerie, and Debra Webb.
Although born and raised (a Southern expression) in and around Atlanta, Georgia, Josie is proudly one-hundred percent Puerto Rican: her father was born in Ponce and her mother was from Humacao. Does that make Josie a Georgiarican? She thinks so, and proudly claims that title.
She now lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.
Read Josie’s books. You’ll get a good idea of her sense of humor. https://www.JosieBrown.com
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Extracurricular - Books 1 - 3
In the EXTRACURRICULAR trilogy, a dark family secret leads to a college admissions cheating scandal at a private school, setting off a crisis of conscience for the parents, teachers, administrator and the students involved—and a catharsis for one couple about their marriage.
The Housewife Assassin's Assassination Vacation Planner2020
The Housewife Assassin's White House Keeping Seal of Approval2020
The Housewife Assassin's Fourth Estate Sale (Book 17)2018
The Housewife Assassin's Horrorscope (Book 18)2018
The Housewife Assassin's Deadly Dossier (Book 15; Prequel)2017
The Housewife Assassin's Greatest Hits (Book 16)2017
The Housewife Assassin's Ghost Protocol (Book 13)2016
The Housewife Assassin's Terrorist TV Guide (Book 14)2016
The Housewife Assassin's Garden of Deadly Delights (Book 10)2015
The Housewife Assassin's Tips for Weddings, Weapons, and Warfare (Book 11)2015
The Housewife Assassin's Husband Hunting Hints (Book 12)2015
The Housewife Assassin's Hollywood Scream Play (Book 7)2014
The Housewife Assassin's Killer App (Book 8)2014
The Housewife Assassin's Hostage Hosting Tips (Book 9)2014
The Housewife Assassin's Relationship Survival Guide (Book 6)2013
The Housewife Assassin's Vacation to Die For (Book 5)2013
The Housewife Assassin's Recipes for Disaster (Book 4)2013
Totlandia (Books 1-8)2012-2017
The Housewife Assassin's Guide to Gracious Killing (Book 2)2012
Press and Media Mentions
- The Big Thrill —the official publication of The International Thriller Writers association—profiles Josie Brown during the launch of the twentieth novel in her Housewife Assassin's Handbook series. She talks about her process, and the joy of creating fun, challenging mystery capers that keep readers turning the pages.