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Make no apologies: Tara Moss on balancing work and life

/ Jul 25, 2012 14:59PM / Print / ()

Make no apologies: Tara Moss on balancing work and life

Tara Moss has written and published seven crime novels in 17 countries and in 11 languages. Her eighth novel Assassin will be published on September 1. She also hosts the true crime documentary series Tough Nuts - Australia's Hardest Criminals on the Crime & Investigation Network, and the interview show Tara Moss in Conversation on 13th Street Universal. Her writing has appeared in Australian Literary Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, Sun Herald and The Daily Telegraph.

Tara is a mother and an ambassador for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and UNICEF Patron for Breastfeeding for the Baby Friendly Heath Initiative. 

Before age ten I longed to be one of Bela Lugosi’s vampire brides, or Dr Frankenstein. By age ten, I wanted to be a novelist like Stephen King.

My python.

Women are my main supporters, my main readership as a novelist, and my biggest influences. My Canadian high school Psych teacher, Linda Johnstone has had a profound influence on me, along my literary agent, Selwa Anthony. Both are wise older women, and inspiring. 

My late mother, Janni.

Defiance.

Different than the previous.

You can’t be two places at once. Once you (or you and your loved ones, if you have a family) decide what needs to be done, make no apologies, whether that means being an artist or a banker, a stay at home parent or a full time career woman. Follow your passion.

I’m sorry, I don’t understand the question.

The conservative push back against women’s rights, particularly as seen in recent US politics. The common, day to day prejudice against breastfeeding mothers feeding their children in public. 

I just keep standing.

Life is too short to live the same day twice.

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