Interview: Tara Moss Talks About The Latest Mak Vanderwall Novel, SIREN

by |June 9, 2010

In a series of video interviews Tara Moss explains what it was like writing, researching and living her new book Siren.

Tara Moss: My latest novel is Siren, my fifth novel featuring Mak Vanderwall – a beautiful, street-wise daughter of a cop, graduate in forensic psychology, and now PI. In this novel she is hired by a widowed mother,
to track down a missing nineteen-year-old who may have run off with a bizarre troupe of shady French cabaret 
artists sweeping through Australia.

Has the dark beauty of the burlesque, the magic, the mind-bending contortion, beguiled him? Or has he
been seduced by the mysterious and amoral older woman who has a terrifying starring role in the troupe’s modern performances of the 
Grand Guignol ‘Theatre of Fear’, famous in Paris in the early 1900s?

I was set on fire by Hollywood stunt company West EFX and choked unconscious by Ultimate Fighter ‘Big’ John McCarthy for this latest novel. I also descended into the Catacombs of Paris, and immersed myself in the world of burlesque, vaudeville, contortion, and magic, and researched with magician Adam Mada, in addition to getting my private investigator credentials with the Australian Security Academy.

To read Tara Moss’ Answers to my Ten Terrifying Questions – click here.

To buy one or all of Tara’s novels – click here.

Conversations with Tara Moss, Part 1: Researching

Conversations with Tara Moss Part 2: The Writing Process

To follow Tara Moss on Twitter – click here.

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While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. ​Now, as the Director of Books at, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.

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