Worth the Weight, a modern twist on You’ve Got Mail, explores what happens when the CEO of a super-sized stroller company falls for a famous kids fitness guru. Jack Moskowitz has always been proud of his brainchild Considerable Carriages, a company that manufactures car seats, strollers and high chairs for overweight children. That is, until he meets Kate Richards, host of ABC’s KidFit and New York Times Bestselling author of the kids’ diet cookbook Mini-Munchies, the day after she tears his company apart on a network talk show.
I wrote most of Worth the Weight while I was hanging out in Chelsea while my daughter was training with the Chelsea Piers gymnastics team. When I decided that Jack and Kate should fall in love in Chelsea, I decided to use many of the real places in the neighborhood. Scroll through this slideshow and see if you can spot your favorite Chelsea hot spots.
Chelsea Piers: This is where Jack's niece Lauren trains 20 hours a week. This high-level competitive gymnastics facility is where my own daughter trained as a competitive gymnast from 3-10 years old. What better place for Kate to film her KidFit Zumba episode?
The Frying Pan: The salvaged historic boat turned floating restaurant. The perfect place for Jack and Kate to bring their dogs and split a bucket of mussels and a couple of beers.
Jack's Brownstone: I was parking my car in front of a row of brownstones on a tree lines street in Chelsea, and I knew instantly that Jack had to live there.
New York Burger Co.: Home of the delicious burgers, french fries and shakes that Jack, Lauren and Kate eat. Jack also borrows a New York Burger Co. delivery uniform to sneak past the paparazzi to get into Kate's building. I have a personal affinity for this popular burger joint. I would buy a bun-less burger and salad every Monday and Wednesday night and sit there for hours writing while my daughter was training a few blocks away. They never once told me to get a move-on, and even better they had free wi-fi which is a must have for a writer that references pop culture.
The High Line: Jack and Kate plan to have dinner at Cookshop, followed by a walk on the High Line with the dogs. The High Line is an old set of railroad tracks, turned into a beautiful outdoor walkway that stretches through Chelsea. This would've been the perfect place for a date if only those plans hadn't gotten foiled.
Chelsea Dog Park: The place that brings Jack and Kate together through their adorable dogs Diesel and Sarah Jessica Barker. A safe place for NYC dogs to run off leash. You really have to see a picture of an NYC dog-park to picture it if you aren't from the East Coast. It's not so much about grass, as it's about having a space where the dogs can actually run.
Pier 62 Skate Park: Located adjacent to Chelsea Piers, my husband and I stumbled across one of his work buddies, Dr. F, a veterinarian who has been skating his whole life. He was walking to the park with his crew of skate buddies, and that's when I decided to make Matt a skater and of course I had to add at least one scene with his skate boarding buddies. Dr. F. and his friends were too NYC cool, not to make it in the book.
Trapeze School New York: The only place where Kate and Jack could swing high above the city so that Kate could finally really let go and put her trust in Jack.
Welcome to Chelsea, New York
Jack: When I thought about what Jack would look like, I pictured a guy like Seth Rogan, but with piercing blue eyes. I wanted him to have that wild hair, and for him to dress in funky tee shirts and jeans. I also didn't want him to built be like a body builder. I wanted Jack to be the kind of guy who's comfortable in his own skin.
Kate: I pictured Kate to look a bit like Kate Hudson; with beachy blond waves, hazel eyes and a sporty physique.
Dana: She is very loosely inspired by one of my closest friends Crystal, who is a fierce NYC public defender with a perfect defense record. While Dana's moral code is not on par with Crystal's, the fighting spirit and strength of my friend is captured in Dana's personality. They are are both small and mighty. One thing that bothers me about most romances stories and movies , is that the characters are monochromatic. The people I surround myself with are certainly not monochromatic, and I didn't want the characters in my story to be either.
Alex: Picture Pauly D. from the Jersey Shore, only blond and Thor sized.
Lauren: I needed a mature and savvy little firecracker to help set Kate and Jack up. You don't get much sassier than an NYC gymnast. Because these kids learn how to balance school work with up to 24 hours a week of training, they are usually very mature and driven, while still being incredibly fun and energetic. Perfect for a little matchmaker. Lauren is a gymnast like my own daughter Molly was from the ages 3-10. Here are some pictures of Molly competing at age 10, the same age as Lauren. Molly has since retired from gymnastics and is now a swimmer and a talented runner who ran a 6:40 mile at the Manhattan mile this fall. Just last week Lauren...oops I mean Molly tried to set two of our family friends up on a blind date. She texted the woman and asked her to meet up to go for a run. Then, she texted the guy and asked him to meet her at the same time and place. Her hope was to get them both chatting on the run and then to drop the two of them off at Starbucks for a date. Too bad it didn't work out because the guy already had a girlfriend. Sounds like a classic rom-com scheme!