Josie's Bio

Over two million copies of Josie Brown’s novels are in readers’ hands.


She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins, as well as an independently published author. She’s appeared at #1 on Amazon and iBooks on numerous occasions.

Josie is the author of the 20-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.



"The last book that made me laugh: The Housewife Assassin's Handbook by Josie Brown—a book I taught in a class about comic novels. Brown's unorthodox surprises did make me laugh." —Jane Smiley, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres.

"This book hits all the right notes. I now want a week at the beach to read them all. I'm completely smitten." — Barbara Vey

“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

“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

“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.”



“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

(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 for its ripped-from-the-headlines plot that mixes their scandals together…” – PAGE SIX, New York Post


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);

Marriage Confidential: 102 Honest Answers to the Questions Every Husband Wants to Hear, and Every Wife Needs to Know (Signal Press)

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 relationship trends articles have been featured in Los Angeles Times Syndicate International, Redbook, and Complete Woman, as well as AOL, Yahoo,,, and, 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 Samantha M. Bailey, David Baldacci, C.J. Box, Allison Brennan, Lee Child, Robert Dugoni, Barry Eisler, JT Ellison, Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, Tess Gerritsen, Lee Goldberg, Andrew Gross, Kristan Higgins, Andrew Mayne, Jon Land, John Lescroart, John Lutz, James Rollins, Jason Pinter, Daniel Pyne, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Brad Thor, Julie Valerie, and Debra Webb.

Josie is also one of the seven tour guides on Bookish Road Trip, one of the most highly trafficked booklover's groups on Facebook. Be sure too check it out.

You can read articles written about and by Josie here...

Josie also the librettist for Pride and Prejudice – The Musical, a collaboration with composer/lyricist Rita Abrams. The musical had its debut in the United Kingdom, and won a San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics' award for “Best Original Musical.”

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.

You’ll get a good idea of her sense of humor by reading her blog

You'll also find Josie on

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