About the Author

picture of author Jenny Moss/Jennifer Mckissack

Jenny Moss is an ex-NASA engineer who now writes for children and young adults. Her novels – Winnie’s War, Shadow, and Taking Off – are wildly different from one another: one with an influenza epidemic; another, a feisty princess; and the last, poetry in the land of astronauts. But two are set in Texas, and all three have a graveyard.

Under her birth name Jennifer McKissack, she has one published young adult Gothic novel, Sanctuary, set on an island off the coast of Maine in 1939.

Picture of Jenny Moss as a young NASA engineer in a dunking booth at Johnson Space Center with space shuttle commander Dan Brandenstein

Jenny graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in mechanical engineering and two weeks later was an aerospace engineer at Johnson Space Center in Houston. Over a period of twenty years, she worked on and off for the space program, training astronauts and designing space shuttle approach and separation profiles. She also got to do fun things like sitting in a dunking booth with space shuttle commander Dan Brandenstein.

Jenny Moss and her children reading in a train station in Pisa, Italy

Jenny’s first love: books. To the left is a photo of Jenny’s favorite things: reading, her two kids, and her two kids reading. At an early age, she dreamed of becoming a writer. Although encouraged by her awesome English teachers, she couldn’t see a way forward to novelist. That was for the Daphne du Mauriers and Willa Cathers of the world. Taking a knack for numbers, she crafted a career as an engineer. But on the sly, she was taking writing and literature courses, working her way to a master’s degree. Jenny now writes for a living.

Jenny Moss is an ex-NASA engineer who now writes for children and young adults. Her novels – Winnie’s War, Shadow, and Taking Off – are wildly different from one another: one with an influenza epidemic; another, a feisty princess; and the last, poetry in the land of astronauts. But two are set in Texas, and all three have a graveyard.

Under her birth name Jennifer McKissack, she has one published young adult Gothic novel, Sanctuary, set on an island off the coast of Maine in 1939.

Jenny graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in mechanical engineering and two weeks later was an aerospace engineer at Johnson Space Center in Houston. Over a period of twenty years, she worked on and off for the space program, training astronauts and designing space shuttle approach and separation profiles. She also got to do fun things like sitting in a dunking booth with space shuttle commander Dan Brandenstein.

Jenny’s first love: books. At an early age, she dreamed of becoming a writer. Although encouraged by her awesome English teachers, she couldn’t see a way forward to novelist. That was for the Daphne du Mauriers and Willa Cathers of the world. Taking a knack for numbers, she crafted a career as an engineer. But on the sly, she was taking writing and literature courses, working her way to a master’s degree. Jenny now writes for a living.