About the book:
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.
An Interview with Jenny Moss:
Me: What were your favorite books (or types of books) as a teen, and what was it about them that appealed to you? What, on the other hand, would make you put a book down?
Jenny: As a teen, I read and read: biographies, gothic novels, novels by British women writers, non-fiction about English royalty, Agatha Christie, stories about witches...
Lord of the Flies was one of my least favorite. I didn't like reading about cruelty toward the vulnerable.
Me: What was your favorite part of writing WINNIE'S WAR, and what was the hardest?
Jenny: Writing and doing the research for WINNIE'S WAR was a wonderful experience, but some scenes were emotionally difficult to write because they focused on the sick and the dying.
Me: Did you draw on any people/places/experiences from your life while writing?
Jenny: Yes. :)
Me: What was the most exciting moment during the publishing process? The scariest?
Jenny: There have been many exciting moments, but as I write this, two weeks before release, I wonder if the moment I see WINNIE'S WAR on a bookstore shelf will be the most exciting and the scariest.
Me: What are you working on now?
Jenny: I'm working on several things: a fantasy for Scholastic, a sequel to that fantasy, a YA about a girl and a boy who skip school to see a Dylan concert in the Seventies, and an edgier YA whose main character won't let me go.
Hope you enjoyed getting to know Jenny! More interviews to come next week. :)