Her feminine whys

Tara Moss is no stranger to Perth.
Tara Moss is no stranger to Perth.

The Sydney-based author’s husband Berndt Sellheim hails from the west and the couple married at Voyager Estate in Margaret River in 2009.

Moss will fit in social visits to family and friends when she returns to Perth this month to launch her new book The Fictional Woman.

She will join retired British Army Officer Rabia Siddique and former The Biggest Loser contestant Alison Braun on a panel discussing issues affecting women at the Rydges Perth on June 11 from 11.45am.

The Fictional Woman is Moss’s first non-fiction novel, which has allowed her to share personal experiences and back them up with data and statistics.

‘I tackle issues on the fictions about women and girls, whether it be in public, in story telling, old fables, fairy tales or movies,’ Moss said.

‘There are also issues of social justice and how they relate to women and girls, like violence, pregnancy, discrimination, equality and under-representation.’

Moss describes the book as part memoir and said it was difficult including personal experiences she had never written about before, ‘but I needed to do that to be an author’.

She said becoming a parent to now three-year-old daughter Sapphire had given her the ‘burning desire’ to complete the book but it had been in the back of her mind for decades.

It could be quiet on the publishing front for the author of 10 novels as she completes her PhD investigating issues of social justice and culture at the University of Sydney, which she said had helped her with her non-fiction endeavours.

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