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Tara
Moss

Best-selling novelist, journalist, TV presenter and human rights advocate.

Profile

Tara Moss is an author, journalist, TV presenter and human rights advocate.

Current work
Moss is an outspoken advocate for the rights of women and children. She has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2007 and as of 2013 is UNICEF Australia’s National Ambassador for Child Survival, and has visited Australian hospitals, maternity wards and schools as well as Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon in her UNICEF role. Moss has spoken at numerous schools on cyberbullying and online child safety, and in July 2015 was announced as the new Norton Family Ambassador on these issues. In 2015 she was also announced as Patron of the Full Stop Foundation for Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia, and launched the foundation at Parliament House. In 2015 she received an Edna Ryan Award for her significant contribution to feminist debate, speaking out for women and children and inspiring others to challenge the status quo.

Previous experience

Author: Since 1999 she has written 10 bestselling books, published in 19 countries and 13 languages, including the acclaimed Mak Vanderwall crime fiction series and the Pandora English series. Her first non-fiction book, the critically acclaimed The Fictional Woman, was published in 2014 and became a number one national non-fiction bestseller, and her iconic cover design, featuring her face labeled with ‘fictions’ or stereotypes about women won Best Non-Fiction Book Design at the Australia Book Design Awards in 2015 with HarperCollins Publishers. She is a PhD Candidate at the University of Sydney, and has earned her private investigator credentials (Cert III) from the Australian Security Academy.

Her in-depth novel research has seen her tour the FBI Academy at Quantico, spend time in squad cars, morgues, prisons, the Hare Psychopathy Lab, the Supreme Court and criminology conferences, take polygraph tests, shoot weapons, conduct surveillance, pass the Firearms Training Simulator (FATSII) with the LAPD, pull 4.2 G’s doing loops over the Sydney Opera House flying with the RAAF, and acquire her CAMS race driver licence. She has hosted the true crime documentary series Tough Nuts - Australia’s Hardest Criminals on the Crime & Investigation Network, ‘Tara Moss Investigates’ on the National Geographic Channel and the author interview show Tara in Conversation on 13th Street Universal.

Advocacy: In 2014 she was recognised for Outstanding Advocacy for her blog Manus Island: An insider’s report, which helped to break information to the public about the events surrounding the alleged murder of Reza Barati inside the Australian-run Manus Island Immigration Detention Centre.

Expertise
Feedback
Tara Moss has it all - brains, beauty, and a best-selling thriller...Fetish is a debut novel with kick, from an author who happens to be a supermodel herself, as well as an accomplished, award-winning writer with an acute sense of the macabre. HarperCollins Canada

As a successful model and author, Tara Moss breaks the mould of both professions.

Melbourne Weekly

[Tara,] Your skills as a speaker are outstanding, and the message you gave was one that should be heard by school students across the state.

The Eating Disorders Support Network

Hardly a blonde joke or a vacuous modelling stereotype, [Tara Moss] is savvy, articulate and...a darn good writer.

Lee Bacchus, The Vancouver Province

I think it is important to have a personality like Tara on B&B [panel show Beauty and the Beast], a show a lot of Australians watch, and are influenced by. Maybe a voice like Tara's could open some eyes.

Angelfire Online

We've done three hundred and one shows and that's the first time I've been topped, I can tell you.

Stan Zemanek

Tara Moss is much more than a pretty face. She's an international best-selling author, ambassador, television host, and reptile-wrangler... she may well become one of the world's best-sellers.

World Literature Today

Tara was wonderful. A delight to deal with and extremely accommodating, especially signing a huge number of her books that members of the audience wanted autographed. She was genuine in her praise of the Karralyka Centre facility and the surrounds and more than happy to pose for photos. Her story and DVD presentation has earned her high praise on our feedback survey including "Tara Moss was entertaining, intriguing and though provoking".

Maroondah City Council
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