Glitz and Glamour: Read Our Q&A with Tara Moss, Author of The Ghosts of Paris

Glitz and Glamour: Read Our Q&A with Tara Moss, Author of The Ghosts of Paris

Briefly tell us about your book.

The Ghosts of Paris is set in 1947, in a world still reeling from the events of WW2. This story follows on from The War Widow, which was our introduction to ‘fast talking, fast driving, champagne swilling Nazi hunter investigator Billie Walker’. This next installment is set in postwar London and Paris, where search for a missing husband forces Billie to face the ghosts of her own painful past, and sets her on a collision course with an underground network of Nazis.

What was the research process like for the book?

I love immersing myself in the 1940s political, social and material culture, watching film noir, footage of the time and documentaries, wearing 1940s vintage, walking the grounds of the buildings that feature in the books, and speaking to the fading few who were there at the time and have first-hand knowledge of WWII and the aftermath. There is rich history to draw on, with amazing personal stories.

What are you hoping the reader will take away from reading your book?

A sense of having been taken on a thrilling adventure by Billie Walker – a woman who I rather like knowing, and would like to have a drink with.

How does it feel to hold your book in your hands?

Hilariously, I just posted a video of this, and the expression on my face says it all. Even with my 14th book, the feeling is incredible to first hold a published copy in my hands.

Do you write about people you know? Or yourself?

All of the above and none of the above. I find people and their life stories fascinating, and most of my characters are informed by research, personal experiences and observations, and often an amalgam of real-life historical people. For example, Billie Walker is inspired by real life heroines like Nancy Wake, Virginia Hall and Martha Gellhorn, the women of film noir, real life investigators of the 1940s, and the women I grew up with stories about from WWII.

If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?

Don’t write it right, just write it and make it right later.

Procrastination and self-doubt kill creativity. Give yourself the freedom to know that you can edit what you write. There is time.

Are you able to switch off at the end of a day of writing? If so, how?

Never. Even after 23 years of being published, I have not mastered the art of switching off. The work lives in me, and to be truthful I like it that way.

What’s your daily writing routine like and what are you working on at the moment?

I am working on Billie Walker’s third adventure, which will carry on from the events of The Ghosts of Paris. I also have a short story coming out in Black Is The Night, an anthology in tribute to noir master Cornell Woolrich. My writing life is rich, and when I am not writing I am learning, reading, and working as an advocate in human rights and disability.

Buy a copy of The Ghosts of Paris here.

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          Publisher details

          The Ghosts of Paris
          Author
          Tara Moss
          Publisher
          HarperCollins
          Genre
          Fiction
          Released
          01 June, 2022
          ISBN
          9781743096659

          Synopsis

          A gripping story of secrets and intrigue set in postwar London and Paris. The search for a missing husband forces investigator and former war reporter Billie Walker to face the ghosts of her own painful past, and sets her on a collision course with an underground network of Nazis ...

          It's 1947. The world continues to grapple with the fallout of the Second World War, and former war reporter Billie Walker is finding her feet as an investigator. When a wealthy client hires Billie and her assistant Sam to track down her missing husband, the trail leads Billie back to London and Paris, where Billie's own painful memories also lurk. Jack Rake, Billie's wartime lover and briefly, husband, is just one of the millions people who went missing in Europe during the war. What was his fate after they left Paris together?

          As Billie's search for her client's husband takes her to both the swanky bars at Paris's famous Ritz hotel and to the dank basements of the infamous Paris morgue, she'll need to keep her gun at the ready, because something even more terrible than a few painful memories might be following her around the city of lights ...

          Tara Moss
          About the author

          Tara Moss

          Tara Moss is a novelist, television presenter and journalist.Since 1999 she has written seven bestselling novels and been published in seventeen countries in eleven languages. Writing has been a lifelong passion for Moss, who began penning gruesome 'Stephen King-inspired' stories for her classmates at the age of ten. She went on to an international career as a fashion model before pursuing professional writing. Her novels have been short-listed for both the Davitt and the Ned Kelly crime-writing awards, hit No. 1 on numerous bestseller lists, and made her Australia's No. 1 selling crime writer several years running. Her in-depth research has seen her earn her private investigator credentials (Cert III) from the Australian Security Academy, tour the FBI Academy in Quantico, spend time in squad cars, morgues, prisons, the Hare Psychopathy Lab, the Supreme Court and criminology conferences, take polygraph tests, shoot weapons, conduct surveillance, pass the Firearms Training Simulator (FATSII) with the LAPD, pull 4.2 G's doing loops over the Sydney Opera House flying with the RAAF, and acquire her CAMS race driver licence. Stopping at nothing to 'experience' the research for her crime novels, Moss was set on fire by Hollywood stunt company West EFX and choked unconscious by Ultimate Fighter 'Big' John McCarthy.Moss has been an ambassador for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 2000, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2007, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2007 and UNICEF Patron for Breastfeeding for the Baby Friendly Heath Initiative (BFHI) since 2011, advocating for better support for breastfeeding mums in hospitals, the workforce and general community. She is a dual Australian/Canadian citizen.

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