Everyone knows what happens the night before Christmas, but what about the night after? Jenny Jackson Moss, along with coauthor Amy Dixon, sets the record straight in Cajun Night After Christmas, illustrated by James Rice. Born in New Orleans and raised in Monroe, Louisiana, Moss attended Newcomb College of Tulane University in New Orleans, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
After finishing at Newcomb, Moss worked for two years as a social worker for Louisiana State University in the medical school’s pediatric genetics department. She then returned to graduate school, earning her master’s degree in early childhood education with an extra degree in special education.
Soon, however, Moss decided that a career change was in order. After meeting her husband, a Tulane graduate and medical student, she married and had three children. While her husband, Charley, continued with his residency, she became increasingly interested in art. Her husband set up a urology practice in Lafayette, and the family moved to their new home, where they remained for eight years. During this time, Moss began entertaining the idea of writing and illustrating children’s books.
In addition to writing, Moss continues to pursue a career in painting, designing inspirational pottery under the name the “Mustard Seed.” She lives in Sumter, South Carolina, with her husband and three children, Meredith, Andrew, and Miller.