Best-selling author, speaker and advocate for women and children
Since immigrating to Australia in 1996, Canadian-born Tara Moss has built a successful career as an international fashion model, actor, TV presenter and -most notably - as an internationally best-selling author.
Since 1999 Tara has written and published nine best-selling novels and been published in 18 countries in 12 languages. Her success has made her Australia's #1 selling crime writer for several years running.
Tara's first novel, the gripping psychological thriller Fetish, hit the bestseller lists and was nominated for the Ned Kelly Award for best first novel. Her second novel Split shared the top ten fiction best-seller list with the likes of John Grisham and Stephen King, making her one of Australia's most successful female authors in any genre.
True to her obsession with crime, Tara Moss hosted the true crime documentary series Tough Nuts - Australia's Hardest Criminals on the Crime & Investigation Network, and the author interview show Tara in Conversation on 13th Street Universal. She has also has earned her private investigator credentials (Cert III) from the Australian Security Academy.
In May 2014, Tara released her first non-fiction book, The Fictional Woman, which weaves her own experiences into a broader look at everyday sexism and issues surrounding the underrepresentation of women, modern motherhood, body image and the portrayal of women in politics, entertainment, advertising and the media.
A popular corporate speaker and MC, Tara Moss' hosting engagements include the Moet and Chandon Fashions on the Field two years running, the 2010 Grand Prix Ball, the 2011 ASTRA ball and co-hosting the UNICEF Year In Review with Roy & HG for three years. Not surprisingly, she is a frequent guest speaker and author panellist at writers' and arts festivals and is equally in demand as a speaker at schools and universities.
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At just fourteen Tara began her career as an international fashion model, travelling the far reaches of the world, gracing the covers of over twenty magazines and making numerous acting appearances in film and television.
After earning her Diploma from the Australian College of Journalism, Tara's work has appeared in publications such as Elle, The Australian Women's Weekly, NW, Woman's Day and New Idea as well as The Eye, Australian Literary Review, The Sun Herald, The Daily Telegraph,The Sydney Morning Herald News Review, The Age, The Australian, ABC online and more.
For Australian Style magazine Tara Moss wrote a year-long true-crime column called Noir. The column chronicled her hands-on research into forensic psychology, criminal investigation, ballistics and surveillance, while her research included touring the Quantico FBI Academy, FBI Headquarters, the LAPD and more.
Tara's short stories Psycho Magnet and Know Your ABC's won multiple awards and were incorporated into the creative writing programs of schools in Australia and New Zealand.
A regular on Australian television, Tara Moss hosted the GNW Debate 'That Fashion is a Joke', was a semi-regular on Beauty and the Beast, and appeared on The Big Schmooze, Good News Week, Good Morning Australia, Entertainment Tonight, Getaway and Geoffrey Robertson's Hypothetical.
Tara has also delivered speeches on positive body image and woman's issues to schools in Canada and Australia.
Tara is also an outspoken advocate for the rights of women and children. She is an ambassador for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and UNICEF Patron for Breastfeeding for the Baby Friendly Heath Initiative (BFHI). Since 2013 Tara has taken on a larger role as UNICEF's National Ambassador for Child Survival.
In 2014 Tara Moss 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.
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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
[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
Stunning model and author Tara Moss proved the consummate compere.