About Julie Pennell

Hi there! I’m the author of two novels, “The Young Wives Club” and “Louisiana Lucky,” and a regular contributor to TODAY.com.

I was born and raised in Louisiana and moved to New York City after college to work at my dream job: Seventeen Magazine. My writing has also appeared in Teen Vogue, InStyle, Refiner29, The Knot and Reader’s Digest, among other publications.

I’m currently married to a St. Louis boy I met in Manhattan, and we live in Philadelphia with two rambunctious adorable little boys.

Here are some nice things people have said about my books:

“Pennell’s debut novel shimmers with lively banter and the glitter of these young women’s dreams…A light novel in which women take charge of their own happily-ever-afters.” – Kirkus on “The Young Wives Club”

“‘The Young Wives Club’ is as delicious as its cover!… I loved this book!” – Karen White, New York Times Bestselling Author of ‘Spinning the Moon’

“This sweet (but not too sweet) page-turning debut will appeal to fans of warm southern women’s fiction like Rebecca Wells and Mary Kay Andrews. A really delightful book.” – Booklist on “The Young Wives Club”

“An absolutely delightful tale… Julie Pennell has hit it out of the park with this one!” – bestselling author Kristy Woodson Harvey on “Louisiana Lucky”


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my favorite things

in no particular order: sour candy, tea with my mom, my sons, picnics in the park, date night, cookie dough ice cream, the color pink, grocery store flowers, handwritten letters, libraries, independent bookstores, the smell of books, bath and body works hand soaps, cozy pajamas, gummy bears, the today show, brunch with friends, iced coffee, yoga with adriene, dogs, print magazines, a good glass of wine, beignets