March 10th, 2009

Author Interview: Jenny Moss, author of Winnie's War

Today we continue the blog tour with another debut author, Jenny Moss.



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.

Now for our author interview:
Me: Hi Jenny, thanks for stopping by to talk with us. What competes for your time and how do you manage to give writing the appropriate amount of time it requires?

Jenny: Life is extremely busy right now. But I want to write so I make time for it any way I can, which sometimes means writing at odd times in odd places. Also, deadlines set by my editors help. ;)

Me: I work best with deadlines, too! What is your writing routine? Do you outline or write as you go? Do you fully sketch and develop your main character initially, or get to know him/her as you write?

Jenny: It varies. Sometimes I'll plot out the whole book before I write it down. I don't outline, but do write a very rough first draft to get the plot down. The manuscript changes a lot during multiple revisions.

Me: What do you particularly love about the setting you portray in your book?

Jenny: The setting of my novel is Gulf Coast Texas, the area I live in now, but during the WWI time period. Writing and researching Winnie's story changed the way I look at this area. I've lived here for thirty years, but knowing more of the history strengthened my connection to the community.

Me: What actor or actress do you imagine playing your main character in a movie or T.V. version of your book?

Jenny: Dakota Fanning, but she's growing up!

Me: Agreed, she's great - and in demand!! Thanks for stopping by, Jenny and I can't wait to read WINNIE'S WAR!

Additional Details

o Author Web site: http://www.jenny-moss.com

o Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Winnies-War-Jenny-Moss/dp/0802798195