In Secrets of Truth & Beauty, Dara is a former child pageant star. So, in order to introduce you to the wonderful authors and characters of the 2009 Debutantes, I am hosting a Debs Pageant on my blog.

Today we have Jenny Moss and her book, Winnie’s War. First, a little background . . .

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.
Released February 3rd, Winnie’s War is available now at your local bookstore, or through Amazon.
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. For more about Jenny, visit her website.

And now the pageant . . .Character name: Winnie Grace
Age: Twelve years old
Brief Bio: Winnie lives with her coffin-building papa, troubled mama, cantankerous grandma, and two little sisters in a small Texas town during the 1918 influenza pandemic. She likes to play chess, visit with her sweetheart, read, and avoid the cemetery.

What is your talent? I worry about ghosts and dead people very well.

What will you wear for the evening dress competition?
I will wear my best dress, the one I wear to church. Or I might borrow a nicer one from my best friend Tillie.

Who is your escort? My sweetheart Nolan.

And for the interview portion . . .If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? Connection, instead of division

Thank you Jenny and Winnie!

Debs Pageant: Jenny Moss
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