Saturday, March 19, 2016

What happens to Men when they move to Manhattan? by Jill Knapp Interview & Review

About Jill Knapp


Jill Knapp is a Native New Yorker, Jill spends her time blogging for Huffington Post writing about New York City, dating, and relationships. She also holds an M.A in Psychology and has taught at the college level for over three years.

Interview

1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I am from New York City but have always wanted to live somewhere else! I currently reside in North Carolina. For those of you in the U.K and Canada, that's in the south east portion of America. I am a big believer of soul-mates. Two of my favorite shows, Dawson's Creek and The Vampire Diaries, which were both written by Kevin Williamson, are wonderful stories about what it means to be someone's soul-mate.
I am a big advocate of dogs, eyeliner, and reading :-)

2. The title of one of your books is: What Happens To Men When They Move To Manhattan?
Can you tell us what happens to people in general if they would move to Manhattan?


I think ultimately, everyone is different. When I lived in NY I saw a lot of people get drawn in to the allure of money, power, and status. I wanted to write a story that un-glamorized that element of living in NY and stripped it down to what everyday life is really like for some people.

3. Could you describe your perfect Sunday?

73 (Fahrenheit) degrees and sunny! A day at the beach with a loved one, followed by a home-cooked meal. Although, I can't cook so someone else would have to do the cooking!

4. If we would visit New York what do we need to see?

Bethesda Fountain in Central Park is a must! The Frick museum uptown is absolutely beautiful. Battery Park when the weather is nice. There is just so much to do, you really can't go wrong!

5. What does a typical day look like for you?

I wake up everyday at the same time and immediately eat breakfast, tend to my dogs, and then open my laptop. I try to stay active (I started Pilates about a month ago and love it) but I am not one of those people who are super into working out. I write as much as I can on the days I am writing. Apart from being a writer, I am also a photographer. The days I am shooting are kind of all over the place. They involve some travel and a lot of standing on your feet... but I love it!

6. How much of your own life do you translate into your stories?

A little, but the books are fiction. There were situations that I wrote about that I had witnessed while living in NYC and some of the experiences my characters have gone through are loosely based on things my friends have gone through. But again, no one character is based on anyone I know. My sister went to NYU for graduate school for example, but there is nothing in any of the books that is about her. And I have a cousin named Amalya but she is a child!

7. Can you tell us what you favorite TV-show/series is?

My favorite show of all time is Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

8. If you could swap places with one person for a day. Who would you be
and why?


That's a tough call but probably with my younger self. Particularly at the age of 17, I feel like I made a lot of mistakes at that time.

9. Which other writers would have to be on our need-to-read list?

Sara Shepard, Lauren Weisberger, Kathleen Hale, Kiera Cass, and about a million more!

10. What are your plans for the future?

Right now my plans are just to take everything one day at a time. I had my whole life planned out in my early twenties and it all went up in flames. I have learned that you can't plan everything. That doesn't mean you shouldn't have goals for yourself, but to realize that things won't always happen on the timeline you imagine.
 
Book review

Review by Anniek
 
Amalia has everything a young woman needs. She has a great apartment in Manhattan together with her roommates, an education that she likes, good friends and a gorgeous boyfriend. She and Nicholas have been together for years and for Amalia he is the one. Every time she sees him and when she touches him she feels like she's coming home. Although she really believes that Nicholas is her prince charming she also feels an attraction towards Michael. He is a student and she shares lessons with him. Michael also has a girlfriend so she is keeping him firmly in the friend zone.
 
When Nicholas breaks up the relationship out of the blue Amalia is devastated. When she finally pulls herself together she is ready to face the world again. What if there are other prince charmings out there? Amalia starts dating again, but it seems that not every man is as honest as he should be...
 
This story took me back to the years when I was in college and part of the dating scene. Some of the scenes in this story where so recognizable, especially the insecurities about dating (and men) and how to deal with those situations. Amalia is stronger than she gives herself credit for and the ending made me proud. I actually wanted to yell You go Girl!
 
What Happens to Men When They Move to Manhattan? is a book that made me think of the TV show Sex in the City. If you loved this show (like I did) then you will absolutely love this story.
 

3 comments:

  1. I've always, always, ALWAYS wanted to go to New York . . . and I'm just jealous now. But this was still a brilliant post and What Happens to Men When They Move to Manhattan? sounds really interesting. Interesting indeed.

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment Lara! I have never been to NY myself but I will absolutely go there at least once....preferably during the Christmas season. Anniek

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  2. I really loved SITC -- that makes me totally want to read this book.
    Dianna

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