Tara Moss

About

Birthplace
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Words of advice
It is better to do what you love for work, but if it is your day job that enables an unpaid passion, then your life is still sweeter.
On being a woman
Our sex need not primarily define who we are, what we are capable of, or what we can be expected to enjoy or engage in.
On writing
If there's not a wonderful sex scene, I don't see the reason to write the book, actually. Every book of mine has a fantastic sex scene in it.
It's not easy for Tara Moss to in­terrogate a stripper. Even in a strip club, the former cover girl turns heads. "I'm six-foot-one—without shoes," she says. "I tend to tower a bit in shoes." Tara writes crime novels, best­sellers back home in Australia, and to research her fourth and most recent (Hit) she went to a tittie bar to probe a dancer. "The only way I could do it was dur­ing a lap dance," she explains. "There was no anonymity for me whatsoever. The dancers came up to me and said, 'Oh, Tara, I love your books.' This was not what I had in mind." She pauses to let a large laugh—yes, even her laugh is statuesque—run its course. We will not be denied: Did she get the lap dance? "Yeah, she was about half my size," says Tara. "Tiny, tiny woman. She was fantastic."

Fantastic is one of Tara's favor­ite words; she seems to relish its slightly orgasmic middle syl­lable. As a jet-setting novelist and model, her life is pretty fantastic: To research her first book, Fetish, she donned tight latex and mingled with people who are into that kind of thing, and for her next, she prowled the burlesque clubs of Paris. A stupid question looms, so we ask it: Must all crime novels have sex in them?"My novels have profiling and forensics," she says, "but if there's not a wonderful sex scene, I don't see the reason to write the book, actually. Every book of mine has a fantastic sex scene in it."