Tara Moss

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Tara Moss is an international bestselling author, documentary host and and human rights advocate. She is the author of 13 books, published in 19 countries and 13 languages, including the Mak Vanderwall crime fiction series, the Pandora English paranormal YA series and her latest, the internationally bestselling historical thriller The War Widow, set in 1946 and featuring '‘staunchly feminist, champagne-swilling, fast-driving Nazi hunter’ investigator' PI Billie Walker.

Moss is an outspoken advocate for the rights of women and children, and people with disabilities, and has published two best-selling non-fiction books, The Fictional Woman and Speaking Out - A 21st Century Guide for Women and Girls.

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Tara Moss I have just completed my 11th book, Speaking Out - a 21st Century Handbook for Women and Girls, which comes out soon. This book arrived directly from …moreI have just completed my 11th book, Speaking Out - a 21st Century Handbook for Women and Girls, which comes out soon. This book arrived directly from questions I was asked by hundreds of women and girls after The Fictional Woman came out - 'How can I tell my story? How do you deal with the trolls? How do you approach research? Public speaking? Writing a blog or essay? Overcoming nerves?’

Worldwide, less than one out of every four people we hear from or about in the media is female, and women are vastly outnumbered in parliament and in positions of power. Speaking Out aims to not only illuminate this issue but encourage women’s greater participation in public life and provide a guide for possible solutions to various issues and obstacles, of the kind I have personally experienced but have also seen many hundreds of other women experience. The book involves a frank discussion of what women might expect when speaking out, and how they can deal with it.(less)
Tara Moss I'm happy to say I have a new publisher for this series. The Cobra Queen is in the making now, and will be published late 2019 or early 2020. A long t…moreI'm happy to say I have a new publisher for this series. The Cobra Queen is in the making now, and will be published late 2019 or early 2020. A long time coming...(less)
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Early in my career as a novelist, I received a critical review of my work complaining that I described, in too much detail, the garments worn by my characters. It may have been fair comment. I was in my twenties at the time, a debut crime novelist. My writing instinct was correct, though, if perhaps not my delivery, and twelve books later, I’d

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“Write. Start writing today. Start writing right now. Don’t write it right, just write it –and then make it right later. Give yourself the mental freedom to enjoy the process, because the process of writing is a long one. Be wary of “writing rules” and advice. Do it your way.”
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“It is better to do what you love for work, but if it is your day job that enables an unpaid passion, then your life is still sweeter. What is important is that you make time for your dreams, not whether or not you get paid for it.”
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“The reflex of fear was soon replaced with another, more useful emotion.
Rage.”
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“No black woman writer in this culture can write "too much". Indeed, no woman writer can write "too much"...No woman has ever written enough.”
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Tara Moss Scott wrote: "Merry christmas."

Scott wrote: "Merry christmas."

Thank you Scott x


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Scott Roberts Merry christmas.


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Tara Moss Thank you, LR. Happy reading x


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L.R. Currell Thank you for accepting my friend request Tara Moss. I have been a big fan of you for many years and you are an awesome Aussie author to draw inspiration from. Kind regards.


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Tara Moss Thanks Elizabeth. I'll check it out. x
Elizabeth wrote: "Tara, i have just found an amazing skull necklance and bracelet from a store called Tilkah in Sydney. you can buy them on-line. called Voodoo necklace. is stunning"


Elizabeth Tara, i have just found an amazing skull necklance and bracelet from a store called Tilkah in Sydney. you can buy them on-line. called Voodoo necklace. is stunning


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Tara Moss Jayde wrote: "Tara, I love your covers. They're absolutely brilliant."

Thanks Jade. I look forward to reading A Job From Hell. It sounds gorgeously gothic.


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Jayde Scott Tara, I love your covers. They're absolutely brilliant.


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Tara Moss Kim wrote: "Tara, you're going to love Goodreads! A great way to connect with readers and authors :)"

Thanks, Kim. I look forward to reading your work.


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Tara Moss Knowledge Lost wrote: "Welcome to goodreads, watch out this site is addictive"

I've noticed... (Books. BOOKS!)


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Kim Falconer Tara, you're going to love Goodreads! A great way to connect with readers and authors :)


Michael Welcome to goodreads, watch out this site is addictive


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Tara Moss Sean wrote: "Welcome, enjoying the writing blog posts by the way."

Thanks, Sean. Happy reading x


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Tara Moss Miranda wrote: "Welcome to Goodreads Tara :)"

Thanks, Miranda x


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Tara Moss Rob wrote: "Hi Tara,
Thanks for the invite. We have met, a few years back at a book signing in Dymocks in Sydney.

Good luck with all your writing, this place has lots of interesting info.

Cheers

Rob"


Thank you Rob. I'm new to Goodreads, but it already looks like the moniker doesn't lie. Looking forward to sharing my reads and getting some great recommendations
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Tara Moss Helene wrote: "Hi Tara, look forward to meeting you at SheKilda in Melbourne :)"

Thanks Helene. I'm looking forward to SheKilda x


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Rob Kennedy Hi Tara,
Thanks for the invite. We have met, a few years back at a book signing in Dymocks in Sydney.

Good luck with all your writing, this place has lots of interesting info.

Cheers

Rob


Helene Young Hi Tara, look forward to meeting you at SheKilda in Melbourne :)


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S.B. Wright Welcome, enjoying the writing blog posts by the way.


Miranda Welcome to Goodreads Tara :)


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