2 October 1973 |
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Tara Moss (born 2 October 1973) is a Canadian-Australian author, television presenter, journalist and former model. Her novels have been published in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, the USA, Canada, Japan, Russia, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, France, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Croatia, the Czech Republic and Brazil.
Moss has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2007 and the UNICEF Australia Patron for Breastfeeding for the Baby Friendly Health Initiative since 2011, advocating better support for breastfeeding mothers in hospitals, the workforce and the general community. In 2013 she took on the role of UNICEF Australia's National Ambassador for Child Survival. In 2012, Moss was listed as one of the top 20 most influential women in Australia, and she was listed as one of Australia's most inspiring women by Women's Health magazine in 2013.
Born to parents of Dutch descent – her grandparents had escaped from Nazi-occupied Holland – in Victoria, British Columbia, Moss took up residence in Australia in 1996 and currently lives in New South Wales. She holds Canadian and Australian citizenship.
She has been licensed as a private investigator and race car driver (CAMS), and holds a motorcycle licence and wildlife/snake-handling licence. Along with her UNICEF promotional roles Moss has been an ambassador for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 2000. She has won the Scarlet Stiletto Young Writers Award and has been shortlisted several times for the Ned Kelly Awards and the Davitt Award. She has been allocated a bronze star on the Australian Walk of Fame and was the first person inducted for services to literature.
Moss's mother Janni died of multiple myeloma in 1990 at age 43. She was one of the first 100 patients in the world to be treated for the cancer with a bone marrow transplant. The main character in Moss's crime series, Mak Vanderwall, lost her mother to the same form of cancer.
Moss voiced the character of Dr Samantha Twelvetrees in the 1995 video game Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu.
Writing and television career
Moss's chief professions are novelist, TV presenter and journalist. Her books are published in 18 countries in 12 languages and include the internationally best-selling and critically acclaimed crime novels Fetish, Split, Covet, Hit, and Siren. In November 2010, her sixth best-selling novel The Blood Countess was published as the first in a new paranormal fiction series featuring Pandora English, and the sequel, The Spider Goddess, was published in December 2011. Moss had two novels due for release in 2012: Assassin, the sixth in the Mak Vanderwall crime series, and The Skeleton Key, the third in the Pandora English series.
Her writing has appeared in the Australian Literary Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun-Herald, The Daily Telegraph, TheHoopla and more. She is known for her in-depth novel research, which has included touring the FBI and LAPD, shooting firearms, being set on fire, being choked unconscious by Ultimate Fighter 'Big' John McCarthy, flying with the RAAF, spending time in morgues and courtrooms and obtaining a licence as a private investigator.
- Fetish (1999)
- Split (2002)
- Covet (2004)
- Hit (2006)
- Siren (2009)
- The Blood Countess (2010)
- The Spider Goddess (2011)
- Assassin (2012)
- The Skeleton Key (2012)
- The Cobra Queen (2014)
- "Psycho Magnet" (Winner of the Scarlet Stiletto Young Writers' Award in 1998)
- "Know your ABCs" (Second place winner of the Scarlet Stiletto Award in 1999)
Moss hosts the true crime series Tough Nuts – Australia's Hardest Criminals on the Crime & Investigation Network, and Tara Moss in Conversation on the 13th Street channel. She previously hosted the crime documentary series Tara Moss Investigates, shown on the National Geographic Channel in Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
- Tough Nuts – Host (2009–2012),
- Tara in Conversation – Host (2010–2012)
- Tara Moss Investigates (2006)
- Chadwick Models biography
- "Australian Female Models" ISBN 9781157542124
- "Tara Moss to open International Breastfeeding Conference in Canberra", UNICEF Australia
- Opening speech by Tara Moss for the 2011 international ABA breastfeeding conference
- The 20 Most Influential Female Voices of 2012 by Sarah Oakes, Daily Life Fairfax Media, 11 December 2012
- Australia's Most Inspiring Women
- A couple of interviews with Demetrius Romeo
- List of ambassadors, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
- List of past induction ceremonies
- Interview on Spanish Television
- Tara Moss: Mum-To-Be, Who, 14 December 2010
- Tara Moss welcomes baby girl, ABC News, 24 February 2011
- List of international book reviews
- HarperCollins Publishers
- The official Pandora English website
- Tara Moss at TheHoopla
- Moss talks about her crime research on YouTube
- Randomhouse Publishers, Germany
- Tough Nuts, hosted by Tara Moss
- Tara Moss in Conversation
- Tough Nuts at the Internet Movie Database
- "Tara in Conversation – Val McDermid
- Tara Moss Investigates at the Internet Movie Database
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- Moss's blog The Book Post
- Tara Moss at the Internet Movie Database