The secret I’ve been dying to share…

So I admit it.  I’ve been keeping a secret from you.  One that I’ve been desperate to reveal, but have had to keep to myself until the time was right (AND until it was announced to the publishing industry!)  But now I can safely announce my secret to you at last, and it’s a doozy: I’m writing a new book!

It’s called THE RULES OF SUMMER and is about two 17 year-old girls living in the same beachfront mansion in East Hampton for the summer, one “upstairs” (the daughter of a very blue-blooded family) and one “downstairs” (the niece of the family’s housekeeper.) Isabel is the privileged daughter who’s used to having guys fall at her feet. Rory is the no-nonsense girl from a small New Jersey town who’s always been the friend, never the girlfriend.  Besides becoming each other’s unlikely allies, both Rory and Isabel have a summer romance that will change her life.  Expect a story about friendship, family, and first love (i.e. what happens after that amazing first kiss.)  Poppy, the amazing publisher of The Daughters series, will be releasing the book in May of 2013.  I’m thrilled to be working with the folks at Poppy on this new book, and I’m especially excited to be writing a book set in East Hampton, where I spent many a memorable summer (or two) in my teens.

If you’re not familiar with the Hamptons, they are a cluster of towns at the very eastern tip of Long Island, about a two and a half hour drive from New York City. It’s an area lined with pristine beaches, dotted with sky-blue ponds, and filled with some spectacular homes that rise up above the corn and potato fields. It’s also known for becoming a miniature version of Manhattan on summer weekends (complete with bumper-to-bumper traffic and tres expensive shopping.) My main reason for coming to New York this fall was so that I could go back there to do some research, and finally, last weekend, I did.  Here’s a little taste of what it looked like: 

I loved every minute of it.  I walked on the (empty) beaches, drove past some jaw-dropping homes, attended a cocktail party for the Hamptons Film Festival, and ate at the very cool, very shabby-chic American Hotel in Sag Harbor, which is like stepping back a hundred years in time.  And, of course, I got tons of great ideas for my next book.  For me, getting a setting just right is crucial, because it always winds up becoming another character in the book.  Just like New York City does in The Daughters.  And speaking of The Daughters….

THE DAUGHTERS JOIN THE PARTY COMES OUT IN 2 WEEKS!  (It might even be out before November 8th, but that is the official “pub” date, so that’s what I’m stickin’ with!)  I can’t wait for everyone to meet Emma Conway, the newest Daughter. At fifteen, Emma has never fit in with her high-achieving family.  Her purple hair dye and lack of interest in school has always made her the “problem” child. Then her senator dad announces that he’s running for president. In a world where image means everything, will Emma have to change into the perfect First Kid to help her dad get elected?  Thankfully she has Lizzie, Carina, and Hudson to help her make the right decisions.

We’ll be celebrating the release of THE DAUGHTERS JOIN THE PARTY on November 8th from 6 – 8 p.m. at Books of Wonder in New York City.  Please come for a reading, signing, and, yes, cupcakes.  Details are on my Facebook page and in the Events section of my website.  I’ll also be doing a signing at the lovely Diane’s Books in Greenwich, CT and at the wonderful RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT.  (More info on FB and on this website.)  Hope to see you there!

Also: giveaways of signed copies of The Daughters Join the Party, The Daughters Take the Stage, and all four of The Daughters books in hardcover will be happening very, very soon on Facebook – stay tuned!

I hope all of you are well and having one heck of an October. Here’s one little shot before I go, because, well, I think it’s cute:

Have a good night everyone!!  xoxo Joanna

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36 Responses to The secret I’ve been dying to share…

  1. Cami says:

    Awesome! I can’t wait for Rules of Summer to come out and the Daughters.

    • jphilbin says:

      Thanks, Cami! Only 2 more weeks until the new Daughters book is here! 🙂 joanna

      • Olivia says:

        Hi Joanna,
        OMG Ijust left your book signing at RJ Julia and I can’t stop smiling 🙂 I can’t believe I actually met you. And remember my friend Kaitlyn, well she wanted to let you know that she was really happy to meet you. She loved that you put say hi to the dolphins. She hopes you can write a novel on that :p. Anyways my LA teacher will be so amazingly happy that you signed her book. Anyways thanks so much for coming to CT! Can’t wait ’till I get to see you again 🙂
        <3 Olivia

        • jphilbin says:

          Hi Olivia! It was wonderful to meet you the other night! Thanks so much for coming to the event. I really enjoyed talking to you and Kaitlyn and signing your books. And one for your Language Arts teacher! Please let me know how you like the new character. And tell Kaitlyn that I’ll try to work dolphins into the next book. 🙂

  2. Geena says:

    I’m super excited for your new novels! The non-Daughters one, I think will be very Sarah Dessen-y. I can’t wait for it!
    This is weird. You’re a woman in your 30s’ and yet you seem very youthful. It’s not like you’re trying hard, it’s very natural. Do you feel like you’re still young?
    I’m working on a novel which I hope to finish by Dec 10th. It’s set in a boarding school that is prestigious, demanding and intimidating.(Think Philip Exter in California…..shudder.)It’s called Covington Preparatory School. It has the dark allure of Philip Exter, but suicidal thoughts aren’t as common but one of my villains, Anna Blackhardt, is a 14-year-old drinker and was expelled after a few weeks. The main characters are mostly thirteen and starting out and never have been to this demanding of a boarding school. But they wanted in and since adolesence teaches you to bear the fruit of your decisions, they have to figure out a way to cope. Even some of the unlikely, complex characters will use their sharp wit to find their way and bear the poisonous remarks of their fellow peers. A possibility of new love interests will enter this series. 11-up.
    This is what I’d want as my debut. This or my adventure/mystery novel.

  3. Pam says:

    Can’t wait for THE RULES OF SUMMER!

  4. Jannette Nguyen says:

    AAHHH Can’t wait until The Daughters join the Party comes out!!! I also can’t wait for your new book too!! You are such a good author that I will for sure read it!!

  5. Josephine says:

    That sounds like a great book! I can’t wait to read it! I love the way you write and I’m hoping to become an author just like you 🙂

    • jphilbin says:

      Thanks, Josephine. Just make sure to read everything you can and write as much as possible…if you stick with it, I’m sure I’ll be reading YOUR books one day.

  6. Jade says:

    I can’t wait for THE RULES OF SUMMER but 2013 seems like forever. I can’t wait for THE DAUGHTERS JOIN THE PARTY. I recommended THE DAUGHTERS to my friend at our schools book fair and she loved it and since then I’ve loaned her THE DAUGHTERS BREAK THE RULES and she has loved them both. Now all I have to do is finish THE DAUGHTERS TAKE THE STAGE, and I only have about 20 more pages. Well I better get reading. Good luck writing Joanna!


  7. Jade says:

    I also had another question for you. How long does it take to write a book?

    • jphilbin says:

      It depends. For The Daughters series, I think each book took about six months from first to final draft. Not as much time as I would have liked, but I needed to stay on deadline!

  8. Frances says:

    I think that The Daughters is my fav in the series. I think I’m most like Carina… What about everyone else?? Can’t wait for The Daughters Join the Party to come out!!! and How long does it take to write a book??

  9. Noa says:

    I got The Daughters Join the Party in the mail yesterday, and I LOVE it!!! I am so sad that it is your last Daughter book, but I am looking forward to your new one!

    • Noa says:

      Hi Joanna,
      I wanted to let you know how much it meant to me to get to meet you at your launching party yesterday. You have inspired me to become a better writer for school papers and stories I write, and when you asked me yesterday if I wanted to be a writer when I grew up, I did not really have an answer, but now as I have thought about it since last night, I think I really do want to be a writer, and you are truly the reason why. If you would not mind, I wrote a story for school a few weeks ago that I would love if you could read because I think that the details and descriptions in your books guided me.
      Noa Mintz

      • jphilbin says:

        Hi Noa! It was so great to meet you at the Books of Wonder event! Thanks for coming up to me and saying hi. I am so flattered and honored that my books have inspired you and have made you think about becoming a writer. It may not be easy, but I think that being a writer is the best job in the world. So please keep writing! I’m so flattered that you would like me to read your story, but truthfully, your teachers are probably much better judges of it than I could be. That said, if you’d like to send it to me, I will try to read it and get back to you. It really was such a pleasure to meet you and I hope to see you again at future events in New York!

  10. Geena says:

    Hi Joanna! I was just searching the first Daughters book on Amazon and stumbled upon tv writer John Stephens; he said he’s met you, praised your book and gave it a 5 star rating:
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
    WHEN’S THE NEXT ONE!, May 7, 2010
    By John StephensThis review is from: The Daughters (Hardcover)
    As someone who’s spent a substantial portion of my adult life writing about the lives of teenagers (Gilmore Girls, The O.C., Gossip Girl), I hope to be able to recognize the real thing when I see it. I read THE DAUGHTERS in a single sitting. The characters were alive and funny, the story completely engaging, and though they were the children of celebrities, I felt that they were all completely relatable. These girls are all born with seemingly everything, the world handed to them, and yet, the beauty of the book is that we get inside their lives and understand the things they go through — deciding who they are, who they’re going to be, falling in love — are things all of us go through. Full disclosure, I know and am friends with the author, and I have to say, finishing the book, I was so happy and proud that I knew and was friends with the author. So please, hurry up with the next tone.

    See, I’m not the only one out there! 🙂

    • jphilbin says:

      Yes, that was such a sweet review he posted! Have you read his book, The Emerald Atlas? It came out this past spring and it is so, so, SO good! 🙂

  11. Sarah Bibi Setar says:

    Hi Joanna!

    Congratulations on the upcoming release of The Daughters Join the Party and your current work on your next title. I look forward to reading both:)

    Best wishes,

  12. Geena says:

    I decided to change my novel a bit and edit it. It’s not Covington Prep anymore, but the characters and symphosis (IDK how to spell it?) is the same.
    Silvermist Lake: Initiation is my new working title.
    What are the elements of my novel? Diversity, Courage, Learning to Respect Yourself, Friendship, Talent, Romance (not right away, though) and Self-Discovery.
    I’m not going to go right away with everything. Character development always starts slow.
    And right now, my characters are focused on a core four: blind and shy Stella Wang, preppy, intellectual and popular Jolene Henderson, girl-next-door and multitalented Rhea Desai and hipstery and unique Callie Nicolau.
    The reason why I’m calling it Silvermist Lake even though they go to Silvermist Academy is because this is the town that saw their growth and what they gained. It is inspired my my own town, except the state is different.
    What do you think?

  13. Kelsea Denney says:

    Hi Joanna! I just finished reading the first three of The Daughters series! I love them so much and wanted to thank you for writing them! I love how you describe the life of the girls because I always feel like I’m standing right there with them! Being a teenage girl I love that you really got into it and thought it seemed to be some of the issues that have come right out of my life! I myself, being more like a Hudson, loved the third book especially and didn’t want the book to end! Cannot wait to read the fourth! Thank you for being someone to look up to! (:

    • jphilbin says:

      Thank you so much, Kelsea!! You are so welcome. I’m so happy that you like the books and can relate to the characters. Thanks for letting me know! 🙂 Joanna

  14. Landon says:

    Oh. My. Gosh. Daughters is the BEST series I have EVER read!! I am so addicted. I literally saw it in a magazine, and thought, ‘hey, why not try it?’. so I did. The first book I finished in about 4 days. I was on vacation, and then got a computer and requested the second. I finished the second in 2 1/2 days. I’m getting the third and fourth soon!! I have one request, please, please, please come out Michigan. That would be soooo amazing. Count me in for reading ‘Rules of Summer’. 🙂

  15. Landon says:

    Hi Joanna! When did you first think of the idea of The Daughters? I’m a lot like you and have been writing since I was five with cool story ideas, but only get to the 2nd chapter. You are so cool! Daughters is a really inspiring series to a teen like me! Also, how old is Edie? So cute! 🙂

  16. Bridget says:

    Hi! I really enjoy your books! I cannot wait until your new book comes out. I wish it could come sooner.

  17. Bridget says:

    I am addicted to your series The Daughters. I love them! I am so sad to hear that you are only making 4 of them 🙁

    • jphilbin says:

      Thanks, Bridget. Yes, I know it’s a little sad that there are only 4 books in the series, but look for my new book THE RULES OF SUMMER, which will be out next May! Joanna

  18. RGawesome says:

    I just read the Daughters join the party!!! i love it sooooo much!! great job Joanna!!!! btw what’s emma’s dad’s name?

  19. tyanna says:

    hi i love your books though i have to say that i love the daughters i just got all the series.

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