Jessica Knoll: Biography

Jessica Knoll

Jessica Knoll is an up and coming author, having published her first novel, Luckiest Girl Alive, in 2015. Luckiest Girl Alive was an instant New York Times and USA Today Bestseller, and was hailed by Reese Witherspoon as “[A] huge summer read… one of those great stories that you just can’t put down!” (InStyle). Lionsgate acquired the rights to the story (about a magazine editor whose picture perfect life starts to unravel) and will be producing it through their company, Pacific Standard Films. Knoll is working on another book, but not before she undertakes the film adaptation.

Having grown up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Jessica Knoll stayed in her home state of Pennsylvania to attend and graduate from the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr. She later graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York.

Jessica Knoll moved to New York in 2006 and took a job at the respected Paradigm Talent Agency (which now represents her), but her real interest was in magazines, and she soon took a job as an editorial assistant at Cosmopolitan. While at Cosmopolitan, she discovered Gillian Flynn while reading her book Dark Places. Upon inspiration by Flynn’s style, Jessica Knoll was able to identify the type of book that she wanted to write, and dedicated herself to full time fiction writing at the age of twenty eight.

Jessica Knoll lives with her husband in New York’s TriBeCa neighborhood, and although she is currently living the dream of many writers, she still feels the pull to the editorial world. She says, “Getting dressed up, going into an office, seeing what everyone is wearing- that is definitely something I miss.”