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Sara’s bio 


Short version

Sara Moss is an Australian writer and author with a love of creativity and good design. She’s worked with big and small business, entrepreneurs, governments, travel guides and magazines — primarily as a writer, but also a photographer, editor and UX practitioner.

She’s travelled to 40 countries, lived in a few, and currently calls Sydney’s Northern Beaches ‘home’. Sara can also be found at www.hellosaramoss.com, writing about writing and self-publishing; life and wellbeing.

Her first book is GO: A memoir of wanderlust and anxiety.

Long version

Sara Moss is an Australian writer and independent author with a multi-disciplinary background in journalism, photography, drama and user experience design.

She’s worked throughout Australia and internationally, with big and small business, entrepreneurs, governments, travel guides and magazines. Mostly as a writer; also as a researcher, editor, photographer and for a little while, a UX and CX practitioner.

‘Home’ has been myriad places: the mid-north coast of New South Wales, Canberra, Brisbane, London, rural France and at sea.

Sara currently lives on Sydney’s Northern Beaches with her partner, and blends solitude and collaboration to make beautiful books. She can otherwise be found at www.hellosaramoss.com writing about writing and independent publishing; life and wellbeing.

Her first book is GO: A memoir of wanderlust and anxiety.


Formal qualifications

  • B Communication (Journalism) — University of Canberra
  • Adv. Dip. (Photography) — Queensland School of Printing and Graphic Arts

Other training and memberships

  • Women in Technology scholarship recipient, UX design short course — Academy Xi
  • Australian Society of Authors
  • Australian Publishers Association
 

GO on sale now
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Go: A memoir of wanderlust and anxiety
 

Book description for GO: A memoir of wanderlust and anxiety 


Short version

Adventure – real adventure – delivers colourful bruises. Sara Moss’ debut memoir charts more than a decade of exploration. It’s geography bound with desire, desolation and courage in everyday life. Take a breath, a deep one, and prepare to go…

Long version

Sara Moss knew she had to go. Taking photos of cranky cruise ship passengers was not the adventure she planned. But adventure – real adventure – dissolves plans and delivers colourful bruises. During more than a decade of exploration, through close to 40 countries, Sara discovers flashpoints of intense loneliness and unrivalled joy.

GO is Sara’s great escape from the Aussie bush to an induction to journalism in the nation’s capital; from hard labour at sea, to writing travel articles for trade and glossy pages, while looking for what’s beyond them. Sara walks naked through a San Francisco bath house, learns how to cook buffalo’s testicles, and scrambles to find a reliable map for a healthy marriage.

GO is about the monkey-grip of internal and external shifts. About the courage needed to take faltering leaps into the unknown. Whether it is a new country, a new love or a new part of yourself. Take a breath, a deep one, and go.

 
 

Praise for GO from readers


“It's poetic, melancholy, hopeful, and stayed with me while I was reading it, and after I was finished.”

Claire — USA


“Oh wow, what a book! So beautifully written, with the right momentum and such truth.”

Megan — Australia


“The author describes her physical and emotional world with equal simplicity and elegance. Overall, an insightful memoir with thought-provoking moments where you’ll see yourself reflected in Sara’s journey. A must-read on any book list.”  

Amanda — New Zealand


“Sara Moss has lived and experienced enough to fill at least four regular person’s lifetimes. Ultimately, this beautifully-written memoir reminds us the story is never over unless we say it is.”

Eleanor — UK

 

“Stop: Do Not Pass 'Go'”

Ron — usa

 

“I so resonated with this book and have recommended it to all my friends in their 40s with an adventurous spirit and a creative heart, and all my friends in their 20s who think they’re the only ones who have ever dreamed of leaving home to explore the world.”

Anita — Australia

 

“Some travel books are good because they give helpful information about the places the author has been. Some are good because they share spellbinding stories of the author’s experiences. Some are good because they capture how the author felt while traveling and invite the reader to share those feelings. GO is a rarity among travel books in that it does all three, and does them really, really well. Don’t miss it.”

james — usa

 

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FAQ with Sara

 

May I interview you for my magazine/website/podcast?

Thank you for asking. I’d love to hear more. (To be honest, I enjoy listening to podcasts but the prospect of being interviewed for one scares me a little. Maybe this could be a comfort zone challenge…)

Please get in touch via the contact page and put ‘Media outreach — [insert the name of your publication/site/podcast]’ in the subject line. In the message body, please include:

  • a link to your site
  • (if podcasting) an overview of typical episode format and length
  • topics you’d like to discuss
  • when, where and how you’d like to conduct the interview
  • approximate audience size.

I read every email I receive so there’s no need to follow up, but I’ll be in touch to let you know if I can help.
 

Do you write guest posts?

Sometimes, yes. If you think I could provide value for your audience, I’d love to hear more from you.

Please get in touch via the contact page and put ‘Media outreach — [insert the name of your publication or blog]’ in the subject line. In the message body, please include:

  • a link to your site
  • topics you’re seeking coverage on
  • when you’re seeking the guest post
  • an overview of your publication guidelines
  • approximate audience size.

I read every email I receive so there’s no need to follow up, but I’ll be in touch to let you know if I can help. Either way, thank you for thinking of me.
 

May I review your book on my website?

Of course! I’m thrilled you’d like to do so. The information and images on this page are designed to help you. Let’s know via the contact page if there’s anything else you need. (If you enjoyed GO, and want to help others find it, I’d be very grateful if you could also leave a review on the platform from which you purchased it. The algorithms like good reviews.)
 

What if we want to put your book on our reading list?

That would be wonderful, please do. If you happen to run a book club on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and you meet in person to discuss your latest reads, I’d love to come along and talk about GO. Please get in touch via the contact page to share the details of your club and prospective session dates and times. (Put ‘Book club’ in the subject line.)
 

What made you write the book?

As I mentioned over here, I’d reached the point when I couldn’t not do it anymore. (I don’t like double negatives either but this one was pertinent.) Initially, I had the overwhelming sense the time had come to tackle this vast creative undertaking — that my personal and professional life had been building towards it — and writing the book was the most meaningful, purposeful thing I could do.

Then, predictably, came the welling of self-doubt:

Are you sure you want to do this? Reveal all this? Do you even know how to do this? You’ve never written more than 3,000 words and that was back in 1996 for a university essay… What if it’s awful and nobody reads it, let alone buys it?

From a story perspective, I had a clear point-of-no-return moment that lasted a few months. Then I imagined dying without having done so (truly), and I was all in.

I also wanted to craft a good read.

GO isn’t autobiographical because I think I’m something special or more noteworthy than anyone else — it’s because I’m not. There more we can see ourselves in others, the easier we can be on our own soul.
 

Who are your favourite writers?

I’m usually a reader by mood, and devour nonfiction (with occasional exceptions), but I’m always happy to read anything written by: Alain de Botton, Dani Shapiro, Craig Mod, Brené Brown, Tom Hodgkinson, Dixe Wills, Claire Bidwell Smith, Barbara Sher and Anne Michaels.
 

Do you have any tips for first-time authors?

So many! I’ll be sharing them in the articles I post here, over time. But in the first instance? Be very clear on why you want to write a book. Get the fuel for it deep down in your bones. The reason needs to be a compelling one because the work is guaranteed to become hard, then harder still — for a multitude of reasons — and you’ll want to give up. Your reason has to be strong enough to pull you through all the times it feels like you just can’t do it anymore.

 

 

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