Merrilee Moss grew up in Canberra and studied literature at the Australian National University and worked as an administrative assistant with the Canberra Children's Theatre before moving to Melbourne. Moss's plays have toured theatre and community venues across Australia. 'Over the Hill' and 'The Slippery Slope', for example, have been produced by 'Women on a Shoestring'. She has been inspired by Dorothy Hewett, whose plays are 'full of poetry and symbolism'; Hannie Rayson's plays that have 'precision and warmth'; and Jenny Kemp 'for challenging theatrical conventions.'
Moss has published several novels for teenagers, including some for the Hot Pursuit series. She has also edited Taking a Punt : First Stop Bonegilla (1997), stories by Darebin residents about their immigrant experiences that started at the Migrant Reception Centre, Bonegilla, Victoria. In 2005 Moss received funding from Images of Age, Victorian Government, for the writing of a new playscript 'Night Breakfast' which had a professional reading in 2006.
Merrilee Moss has also written for the theatre. Still Rocking (1995), Commissioned by the City of Melbourne and Melbourne Workers Theatre; SEZ WHO? (1994) : Commissioned by the Castlemaine festival. Showcased at the Aboriginal Advancement League and Collingwood Children's Farm; About Face (1991) : About Face Productions. Directed by Tessa Brennen.
Night Breakfast2009single work drama This play is based on real interviews with seven Australian women aged between 55-85, from different cultural backgrounds stranded overnight in the Darebin area, after the floods of 2003 - Irish, Italian, Greek, Turkish, Chinese, English and Australian backgrounds.