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critically acclaimed author

#1 NYT bestselling ghostwriter

EGOT collaborator

"Joni Rodgers lives loves and writes without a safety net... a mix of Molly Ivins blowsy wit and Anna Quindlen's suburban logic." 
Entertainment Weekly

“Joni Rodgers is a pure storyteller. She writes with wit, lyricism, humanity, and joy that make her books impossible to put down." 

Aaron Sorkin

"Think Jane Eyre with rock and roll." 

Houston Press

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Bona Fides



​"A masterclass in owning your story": Paris: The Memoir earns a starred review from KIRKUS.

"Celebrates the joys of authentic healing": POPSUGAR loves Kristin Chenoweth's I'm No Philosopher but I Got Thoughts

"An unputdownable reckoning": Paris: The Memoir earns a starred review from BOOKLIST.

"Gigi & Nate" Ellen Rogers memoir adaptation is in theaters starring Marcia Gay Harden and Jim Belushi.

GRIT DAILY interview: "Celebrity Ghostwriter Joni Rodgers on the Unseen Art of Collaboration"

LISTEN to Chelsea Devantez and Sofiya Alexandra discuss Rue McClanahan's My First Five Husbands on the Celebrity Book Club podcast.

Joni's original feature POLYDACTYLY is a finalist in Diverse Voices screenplay competition. Look for the novel adaptation in 2023.

LISTEN to Joni discussing the spooky art of ghostwriting with Dan Paisner on As Told To podcast.


"Charm and swagger": FOREWORD delivers another stellar review for Howard Tate Scott’s Southern crime novel Rascal on the Run.

Congratulations, Lorena Junco Margain! On the Way to Casa Lotus wins 2021 American Book Fest's Best Book Award for Narrative Nonfiction.

Rolling out new editions of my six most popular books with gorgeous new covers by Kapo Ng. 

Congratulations, Howard Tate Scott! Rascal on the Run is a finalist for 2021 International Book Award.

Lorena Junco Margain's On the Way to Casa Lotus "never loses momentum, and the prose is poetic and powerful." (BlueInk Reviews)

Vanessa O'Brien's To the Greatest Heights translated for sale in Russia and Poland.
Don Lemon's This is the Fire debuts at #1 on the NYT bestseller list. 

Congratulations, Jan Eliasberg! Hannah's War optioned for film.

"Readers will devour  this sensational, electrifying tale": PW raves on Vanessa O'Brien's To the Greatest Heights.

BlueInk Reviews: "The genial style of Rick Bragg meets the pathos of Pat Conroy" in Howard Tate Scott's Rascal on the Run.

KIRKUS (starred review): Don Lemon's This is the Fire "puts 2020 in perspective and gives it the language to sing a quietly outraged song."

"A beautiful survey of tragedy and rebuilding": KIRKUS love for Lorena Junco Margain's On the Way to Casa Lotus.

Praise for Jan Eliasberg's "transcendent, redemptive" novel Hannah's War from Los Angeles Review of Books and Jewish Book Council.

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