Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Continuing with the Great Debs Tour 2009, I have the fabulous Jenny Moss on the blog today. Jenny is celebrating the release of Winnie’s War, which dropped February 3rd.

About Winnie’s War

A debut novel set against the backdrop of the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918.

Life in Winnie's sleepy town of Coward Creek, Texas, is just fine for her. Although her troubled mother's distant behavior has always worried Winnie, she's plenty busy caring for her younger sisters, going to school, playing chess with Mr. Levy, and avoiding her testy grandmother. Plus, her sweetheart Nolan is always there to make her smile when she's feeling low. But when the Spanish Influenza claims its first victim, lives are suddenly at stake, and Winnie has never felt so helpless. She must find a way to save the people she loves most, even if doing so means putting her own life at risk.

About Jenny Moss

JENNY MOSS is a former NASA engineer. She earned a master's degree in literature and taught writing as an adjunct at University of Houston-Clear Lake. Winnie's War is her first novel. She lives with her two teenagers in Houston, Texas.

On to the Interview!

Me: Without giving away too many spoilers, what is your favorite part of the novel/what was the part you had the most fun writing?

Jenny: The kiss

Me: I *love* kisses! What kind of writing projects are you currently working on? Or, if you aren't working on anything new, is there a different demographic/genre you wouldn't mind tackling in the future?

Jenny: I'm working on several books right now, but my main focus is a YA fantasy, which will be released by Scholastic in 2010

Me: Who is your writing hero and why?

Jenny: Lately, I've been thinking about the awesomeness of the MG/YA writing community: as a whole, my writing hero. The diversity, talent, compassion, wisdom, kindness of this community constantly amazes.

Me: I couldn’t ask for better writer friends than my publishing list mates and the 2009 Debs. They truly are Made of Awesome!

What’s more . . . you should know that Winnie’s War is getting a lot of love on the review circuit:

“The first-person narrative beautifully captures Winnie’s voice and, especially, life in a small Southern town. . . . Moss handles the large cast of characters and historical information with a deft touch, always allowing the narrative to carry the story. A multifaceted, nuanced debut.”—Kirkus Reviews

You can visit Jenny at her home on the web: or her blog:

And . . . Winnie’s War is officially on sale. You can buy it here:

Jenny will be chatting with Deva Fagan tomorrow at:

Thank you so much for stopping by, Jenny! You rock!

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