This week on Balance we’re looking back at some of the amazing authors and editors that we’ve interviewed. Many of them didn’t set out to be authors, but have managed to pen books along their career journeys. Case in point, is Tara Moss who started who working life as a model …
She has come face-to-face with dead bodies in morgues, walked the corridors of prisons, had snakes wrapped around her shoulders, learnt how to shoot firearms and explored the gory details of some of the country’s most horrific crimes…maybe that’s why Tara Moss says there’s not much that frightens her these days.
“I feel fear – I am human after all – but to remain fearful of something means you have to be conquered by that particular fear. I prefer to face my fears head-on. That’s how I’ve been my whole life,” Tara said.
Tara Moss is a novelist, blogger, TV presenter and journalist. She has written nine novels that have been published in 18 countries over the past 15 years. Her most recent effort – a non-fiction book titled The Fictional Woman published in early 2014 became a number one bestseller.
When she’s not writing books, Tara Moss is a columnist and blogger for publications such as the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, ABC Online, The Daily Telegraph and the Australian Literary Review.
Much of her writing, particularly her fictional books, relates to the topic of crime and depravity. Tara admits that this interest in the ‘dark side’ began when she was a child – being drawn to the contemporary horror books of author Stephen King.
Her in-depth novel research has seen her tour the FBI Academy at Quantico, spend time in the Hare Psychopathy Lab, attend criminology conferences, take polygraph tests, 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 says the more she has researched the evils of society over the years, the less fearful she has become of the world.
“It’s like I was able to make peace with the darkness by conquering my fears and arming myself with knowledge,” she said.
Moss is an outspoken advocate for the rights of women and children. She has been an ambassador for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 2000 and has hosted their annual charity flight for over a decade. She has also been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2007 and UNICEF Patron for Breastfeeding for the Baby Friendly Heath Initiative (BFHI) since 2011, and as of 2013 has taken on a larger role as UNICEF’s National Ambassador for Child Survival.
In the interview below she explains to Deborah about how her role as an advocate for women resulted in her talking publically about her own experience as a victim of physical and sexual violence.
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