Tara Moss

Passionate & inspiring advocate, keynote speaker, author, and holistic practitioner

Tara Moss is a passionate and inspiring advocate, keynote speaker, bestselling author of 14 books of fiction and non-fiction, and holistic practitioner.

Tara Moss is one of the Australia's most iconic authors. Since 1999 Tara has written 14 bestselling books, published in 19 countries and 13 languages, including advocacy handbook for women and girls Speaking Out - her #1 non-fiction bestselling memoir The Fictional Woman, and the internationally best selling postwar historical crime novels, The War Widow and The Ghosts of Paris, featuring feminist PI Billie Walker and her disabled war vet assistant Samuel Baker.

An experienced documentary host and interviewer with a passion for research and human stories, Moss hosted the true crime documentary series Tough Nuts - Australia's Hardest Criminals for two seasons on the Crime & Investigation Network and Amazon Prime.

Tara Moss Investigates on the National Geographic Channel, and the author interview show Tara In Conversation on 13th Street Universal.

Tara was also the host, co-executive producer and co-writer of Cyberhate with Tara Moss on Australia's ABC, examining the phenomenon of online abuse, and most recently a reporter and host of the true crime podcast, The Man in The Balaclava, for Audible.

"There are a few cornerstone authors in Australia - Tara Moss is definitely one and her heroine Makedde Vanderwall ranks right up there alongside Cliff Hardy and Jack Irish as contemporary Aussie literary icons." - The Daily Telegraph.

Tara's passion lies with helping others and fueling the positive change.

She is an outspoken advocate for human rights and the rights of women, children, people living with pain and people with disabilities, and this focus informs all of her work.

She has been a UNICEF Australia Goodwill Ambassador since 2007, and 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 alleged murder of Reza Barati inside the Australian-run Manus Island Immigration Detention Centre.  

In 2018, Tara was named one of the Global Top 50 Diversity Figures in Public Life, along with Angelina Jolie, His Holiness The Dalai Lama, and more.

"Tara Moss never stopped holding on to hope. Despite suffering from an agonising condition dubbed 'the suicide disease', the bestselling author dreamed that one day she would walk again free from agony. And finally, Tara's courage and persistence have been rewarded." - New Idea.

Tara is a prominent advocate diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) - a rare disease marked by constant burning pain.

Considered to be one of the most painful diseases known, CRPS rates on the McGill Pain Scale as more painful than childbirth or amputation of a digit.

She was able to get her condition into complete remission in 2023 after nearly 8 years of debilitating pain that impacted all aspects of her being, including her mobility, causing her to require a wheelchair.

Now in remission, she continues to bring advocacy and visibility to issues of disability and chronic pain, the need to improve treatment and support, and integrate multidisciplinary care and complementary therapies to treat the whole person.  

In 2022 Tara accepted the honorary role of Pain Champion with Pain Australia and in 2021, she was chosen as a Global Change Maker by Conscious Being magazine for her disability and chronic pain activism.

Tara is a mother, a wife and a dual Canadian/Australian citizen and currently resides in her hometown of Victoria, British Columbia.

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