Growing up as the child of a celebrity is something Joanna Philbin knows about first hand. So, her series of books for young readers, The Daughters, while not completely autobiographical, is based on a touch of her own reality.
Joanna grew up in Los Angeles, California playing make believe and learning to read at a young age. Her love of Judy Blume's books kindled her own desire to write. When she moved to New York with her family around age ten, she started writing stories in school. That's also when her father, Regis Philbin, became a famous television personality. It was her awkwardness in the spotlight that drove Joanna's need to write even more.
A graduate of Brown University, Joanna went on to work at Seventeen and The Rosie O'Donnell Show. She took time off to write but decided to try law school at the University of Notre Dame. It was here she began and completed the MFA in Creative Writing, and came up with an idea for a book about three friends who all had famous parents. After a stint at writing for television, Joanna began work on her book in earnest.
Joanna Philbin lives in Los Angeles with her pug, Edie.