Tara Moss: writer, broadcaster, activist, UNICEF Ambassador & vintage clothes creator

Tara Moss is back in Australia on a book tour and Sisters in Crime was lucky to catch up with her for this week’s Murder Mondays interview with national co-convenor, Karina Kilmore.

(Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.) 






Tara has been part of our sisterhood since she won the Scarlet Stiletto Youth Award in 1998. That helped set her on her way – by the next year, she had won second prize in the overall competition and written Fetish, the first novel in her six-part Stiletto series.

Tara now has 13 books under her belt, including two best-selling non-fiction books.

Her latest series features Billie Walker, a PI walking the mean streets of Sydney in 1946. She’s been described as “staunchly feminist, fast-driving, fast-talking, champagne-swilling Nazi hunter” but that doesn’t mention the wonderful clothes she wears or the fact that she darns her stockings! The first in the series, Dead Man’s Switch came out last October and has just been republished as The War Widow.

Over the past two decades, Tara has also hosted TV shows, made radio documentaries, been an advocate for human rights and the rights of women, children and people with disabilities, been a UNICEF Australia Goodwill Ambassador and UNICEF Australia’s National Ambassador for Child Survival – and engaged in her passion for making vintage clothing.

Tara has also engaged in some fairly extreme research, earned her private investigator credentials and started her PhD at the University of Sydney.

Murders Mondays are available on Sisters in Crime YouTube channel at 6pm on Mondays. Previous guests include, Sara Paretsky,  Judith Rossell, Sulari Gentill, Sarah Epstein, Mirandi Riwoe, Kerry McGinnis, Kathy Reichs, Ellie MarneyKatherine KovacicCandice Fox, Anne Buist, Dervla McTiernan and Val McDermid.