There is an oft-talked about scene in my new book The Ghosts of Paris where my main character, private inquiry agent Billie Walker, enters the famous Hôtel Ritz Paris in 1947. Parisians and foreigners are happily drinking and going about their post-war lives less than...
Why Classic Crime Fiction Was Obsessed With Fashion
Early in my career as a novelist, I received a critical review of my work complaining that I described, in too much detail, the garments worn by my characters. It may have been fair comment. I was in my twenties at the time, a debut crime novelist. My writing instinct...
Seven Indomitable Women of World War II
In these times of unrest, lockdowns and change, and on the 75th Commemoration of the End of World War II, it feels more appropriate than ever to see what lessons we can take from pivotal moments in history, and the actions of those who came before us. After all, as...
Publishers Weekly Reviews The War Widow
Set in 1946, this spirted series launch from Canadian-Australian author Moss (the Makedde Vanderwall books) introduces Billie Walker, a former war correspondent who reopens her dead father’s private inquiry firm after the Sydney...
The Fictional Woman Cover Shoot – Wearing Labels
The Fictional Woman has won Best Non-Fiction Book Design at the 63rd Australian Book Design Awards, for designers Tara Moss and Matt Stanton from HarperCollins. Here’s how the cover happened:
Where is Pandora?
Dear Pandora English fans, thank you for your patience. Every week I am asked, ‘Where is Pandora?’ Now it’s time to let you know…
2014 Wrap Up
Between parenthood, study at the University of Sydney, completing the course work for my doctorate, and launching my tenth book, I was pretty remiss on blog updates this year. Here’s some of what I was up to:
The Fictional Woman launches at SWF
My first non-fiction book, The Fictional Woman, was launched last month at the Sydney Writers’ Festival and has since become a #1 non-fiction best-seller. At the launch, guests were invited to share the fictions that have followed them through their lives.
To celebrate the new edition of Assassin, the sixth explosive novel in the Mak Vanderwall series in stores September 1, we are giving away personally signed copies . All you have to do to enter is to create a Pinterest page dedicated to the series.
Our Beautiful Meritocracy
The facts are just staring us in the face – the majority of women simply lack merit in their opinions and career endeavours. It is an uncomfortable fact, but there it is. This lack of merit is well documented, yet some people just don’t understand the beautiful meritocracy we live in.*