Back in Cali!

Hi everyone!  I realize that it’s been a while since I said “HI”, so…HI!  I hope you’re having a great December so far.  Edie and I are back in LA and getting used to the land of palm trees and parking structures once again.  As those of you who read my other posts probably know, our 3 months in New York were amazing. Edie was a huge hit on the mean streets of Manhattan. Wherever we went she caused a stir.  Central Park, Lincoln Center, Columbus Avenue… New York was her town.  Particularly the pet store across the street, where she would drag me at least three times a day!  She even managed to capture the heart of Marian, one of the doormen in my building:

Love at first sight, right?

Other highlights: launching the newest Daughters book, THE DAUGHTERS JOIN THE PARTY at Books of Wonder – a must-visit children’s bookstore on 18th street in Manhattan:

I also got to hang out in Central Park on some truly glorious autumn days:

And another BIG highlight  was being inducted into The Twitterhood of the Butt-Lifting Pajants.  Er, let me explain…  Sarah Mlynowski, the author of the Bras and Broomsticks series and Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have), and I met one night in TriBeCa.  Sarah is a whirling dervish of creativity AND friendliness.   At one point she grabbed my hand and said excitedly, “You should wear the Pajants!” The Pajants are a pair of “butt-lifting” pajama jeans that were given as a joke to author Julia DeVillers (she wrote the amazing Liberty Porter series.)  Thinking they were funny, Julia wore the jeans to a formal event with her husband.  Then she signed them.  Then she passed them on to another writer to wear to a completely inappropriate event.  A year later, authors like Sarah Mlynowski, Maureen Johnson, Courtney Sheinmel, Elizabeth Eulberg, and Lauren Oliver had all taken a turn in the pants and signed them, a la the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants:

So on a Friday in October, it was my turn!  I wore them, danced in them, and of course, signed them:








Authors Sarah Mlynowski, Adele Griffin, Courtney Sheinmel, Alyssa Sheinmel, and Elizabeth Eulberg were all on hand that day to lend me their Pajants support!

Wearing the Pajants was a great way to get to know some wonderful people, and to see how supportive the young-adult writing world is.  There was even a huge event at Books of Wonder on December 3rd to celebrate the Pajants (which I missed, sniff sniff!)  So everyone, check out these authors if you haven’t already! They are incredible!  And to learn more about the Twitterhood of the Butt-Lifting Pajants, which will be auctioned off to support reading and literacy, go to their Facebook page:

Last, but not least, I was able to attend my dad’s very last show.  For those of you who may not know, he is a cohost on a morning program called LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY.  He’s been doing the show for almost thirty years.  The final show was SO well-done, with many funny and touching clips from over the years.  One moment my sister and I were laughing, another we had tears in my eyes.  I think my dad appreciated it, too. But right after it was over I had to get out of my dress and walk Edie. Here we are that morning (our last morning in NYC):

And now, we’re home.  SIGH.  But seriously, it’s all good.  I’m working on my new book, The Rules of Summer, and I’ve gotten a lot of cuddle time in with my niece and nephew. While I miss New York, I know that it will be waiting for me when I can go back again.

And this Friday, December 9th, I’ll be at Mrs. Nelson’s Book and Toy Shop in La Verne, California where I’ll be reading from and signing copies of THE DAUGHTERS JOIN THE PARTY.  (For more info, check out the Events page of this site.)  Please come say hi!

I hope all is going well in your world.  Talk to you soon!

xoxo Joanna

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27 Responses to Back in Cali!

  1. Mary Shibley says:

    Saw your dad’s last show. Wanted to see the last one. I did see you. It was fun to watch. I’ve read & re read all of your books. Love them.

  2. Just when we got to know each other, you go coast hopping! 😉

    Look forward to hanging out when you’re back on this side.


  3. Julia DeVillers says:

    What Alecia said!

  4. Courtney says:

    Just saw this post! We miss you, Joanna!

  5. jannette says:

    We missed you sooo much! We are so glad that you had a great time in New York!!!

  6. Geena says:

    I finally got to read the last Daughters! And I’m going to miss Emma, she seems so real and relatable.

  7. Landon says:

    Hi Joanna!! The Pajants are soooo cool! I can’t wait to read book 4, but everywhere I go, it always seems to be out. 🙁 I wish these books never ended, but I am sooo excited to read the Rules of Summer. I bet it will be equally as good. Oh yes, congratulations to your dad- he’s equally cool!! 🙂


  8. Morgan says:

    I got “The Daughters Join the Party” for Christmas and am reading it now! It’s soooo good! I can’t wait for your next book to come out! Hope you had a great Christmas too!

  9. Landon says:

    I know!!! I too got the Daughters Join the Party for Christmas and finished it like a day later!!! It was sooo good. I’m sad the series is ending. 🙁 Can’t wait for the Rules of Summer! 🙂

  10. Joanna, your books are wonderful. I teach elementary school, so I am always on the lookout for new authors. You are a gift to children everywhere.
    Thank you so much for what you do.
    I miss your dad, I haven’t watched Live since he left. Once I saw Kelly sit in his chair, I changed the channel. Hope he is back on tv soon!

  11. rachel hill says:

    Joanna I really like you first book.I am doing a book report on it.
    I would like to know mare about you because part of my assignment is to tell about the
    author.Do you have any thing to help me?
    And were can I find your second book?

    • jphilbin says:

      Hi Rachel,

      You can find more information about me on my Bio page on my website! I’m so glad you liked the book. You can get The Daughters Break the Rules at any bookstore or online at Amazon. I hope you like that one too. Good luck on your book report! Joanna

  12. Jade says:


    For Christmas I got THE DAUGHTERS JOIN THE PARTY and read and read until my eyes just about exploded. I finished it in about a day. I hope you had a Merry Christmas. The pajants are SO cool. You have to let me know if you ever come to Austin!!! I hope you do.


    • jphilbin says:

      Hi Jade,

      I would love to come to Austin! I’m hoping I can get there soon. And I’m so glad that you liked JOIN THE PARTY!! Thanks for letting me know. Joanna

  13. Beverley says:

    Hi, loved reading Celebriteens In the Spotlight! It’s a fantastic book and I’ve written a review for it, here’s the link: Hope you’ll stop by and take a look!

    • jphilbin says:

      Hi Beverley,

      Thanks so much for the great review! I also posted it on Facebook. Love your blog!! 🙂 Joanna

      • Beverley says:

        Hi Joanna,

        Just realised you replied to my comment! I’m glad you liked my review! I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series, I think the second one is coming out in the UK soon!


  14. Brittney says:

    Hi Joanna! I think the pajants is a cool and creative idea. Also I love your books so much! I have all of the daughters books but i have only read the first 2 so far but they are so good. Another thing is when do you think you could come to Nashville Tn? even better Hendersonville Tn. *hint hint* haha. another thing is (which this sounds really really dumb) do you have a blog like on blogspot? which i have a feeling that you probably don’t since you have your own website an all that has a blog but you know anythings possible but if you do would you be my follower? I would be sooo happy if I had one of my favorite authors as one of my followers and all and if you actually have one I would be your follower back for sure! (P.S. sorry for making this post so long.)

  15. Jade says:

    I was wondering, if I were to send you my THE DAUGHERS books how long would it take you to sign them? Do you know?


  16. Jannette says:

    Just so you know, I am totally psyched for your next series!!! You are an absolutely flawless writer!!!! Your books are awesome!!!

  17. Kayla Candiloro says:

    Hello Joanna,
    I am 13 years old and I just recenty got done reading your series, “The Daughters” I am a hug fan of that specific series and would like to know if you are writing another one. I understand that you published these books awhile back but if there is more of a story to the last one about Emma and her friends please let me know. Thank you

    • jphilbin says:

      Hi there! I’m so glad you liked the series! Unfortunately there is no fifth Daughters book in the works right now 🙁 But thanks for writing to me. I love Emma too! Best, Joanna

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