Tara Moss is the author of the three internationally bestselling crime novels - Fetish, Split and Covet - featuring fiesty heroine Mak Vanderwall. The fourth, Hit, came out in September and is already climbing the Top Five Bestseller lists. Her thrillers are published in ten countries in six languages, helping to make the young author, "...one of Australia's most successful female authors in any genre." (quote -Crime Factory), and winning fans around the world, "Her novels are completely entertaining and gripping from beginning to end." (quote- Hugh Jackman). In fact, according to AC Neilsen sales figures, Moss is 'Australia's #1 crime writer'. In 2006 her novels were launched in the USA to acclaim. "A bold new female voice for American crime-fiction fans." (quote -Publishers Weekly, USA).
Writing has been a lifelong passion for Moss, who began penning gruesome "Stephen King-inspired" stories for her classmates when she was only 10. She earned a Diploma from the Australian College of Journalism in 1997, and in 1998 won the Scarlet Stiletto Young Writers Award for her story, Psycho Magnet. Moss started writing her successful debut novel, Fetish, when she was just 23. Her crime novels have been nominated for both the Davitt Award and the Ned Kelly; two of Australia's most prestigious honors. Not a writer to rely solely on imagination, Moss' in-depth research has seen her tour the FBI Academy at Quantico, spend time in squad cars, the morgue, prisons, the Hare Psychopathy Lab, the Supreme Court and criminology conferences world-wide, take polygraph tests, shoot weapons, conduct surveillance with private investigators, 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 Roulettes, acquire her CAMS race driver licence and much more.
A former fashion model, Moss discovered that the transition from model to novelist would not be easily accepted by some. After receiving skepticism over her unusual career switch, Moss accepted a journalist's dare in 2002 to sit a lie detector test to prove she is the sole author of her novels. She passed. Moss is now the only known scientifically proven crime writer in the world. "Why is gorgeous international model Tara Moss writing about gruesome sadistic killers? Because she's good at it." (quote -The Globe and Mail)
Moss currently hosts the crime documentary series "Tara Moss Investigates" on the National Geographic Channel in the UK, Italy, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Netherlands, Denmark, Romania, Australia and New Zealand. She has also hosted National Geographic Presents in Australia and New Zealand, mediated a GNW TV Debate, been an MTV Canada guest host, and participated as a guest and panelist on numerous popular TV programs in Australia and Canada, including 'Fashion TV', 'Book Television', Entertainment Tonight' and 'The Panel'. Moss is also in demand as a public speaker, having conducted hundreds of talks and emcee roles at writer's festivals, schools, universities and corporate events.
Born in Victoria, British Columbia, Moss is now a proud dual Australian/Canadian citizen, and resides in Melbourne. When not researching and writing her next novel, Moss enjoys riding her Triumph Scrambler motorcycle and spending time with her 7 foot diamond python 'Gomez', her baby black-headed python 'Thing' and her faithful dog 'Bogart', and serving as Ambassador for both the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children and the Bone Marrow Donor Institute among others.