Author and mother of one Tara Moss is recovering after she was randomly attacked by a man near Hyde Park in Sydney on Wednesday.
The 40-year-old was left bruised and in shock after she was assaulted by a crazed man on Market Street in Sydney's CBD.
Moss wrote about her horrifying experience on social media and warned people to watch out for her attacker.
“Was just hit by a man in the street. He's on Market St in dark clothing headed toward Hyde Park. Slim/white. Beware. Suspect drug affected,” she said on Twitter.
“Have spoken to police who will patrol the area - he fits the desc of a known perp. In the meantime be careful in Hyde Park, CBD area, folks.”
Moss has said she was “intentionally punched”.
“I'm okay. It was a random attack. Worried about others so speaking to police now,” she told one of her followers on Twitter.
“I'm bruising up but fine. But there are a lot of families in the park right now, so quite concerned.
The Australian-Canadian crime writer spoke to police near Town Hall following the attack but is yet to make a formal statement.
Many of Moss’ 38,000 Twitter followers wrote her messages of support and posted about their outrage.
The scary attack comes not long after Moss broke her silence about being the victim of a sexual assault.
She recently shared her story with Good Weekend, explaining that her latest novel delved into her experience as a survivor of sexual assault and rape.
The Fictional Woman was not intended as a confessional autobiography, but she said she realised that if she was going to address the fictions in other women's lives, she had to expose her own.
''I had to write this book because there are things that need to be improved, that matter and influence real people's lives,'' she said.
''But I also had to make it part memoir, because one of the fictions about me is that I'm 'Teflon Tara' and nothing has really chinked my armour. What I've done with the book is finally throw my armour off, and I feel I'm fit enough underneath the armour that I don't need it.''
She also told journalist Susan Wyndham that her experience had made her brave and compassionate.
The mother-of-one also said she wanted to fight the misconception that if women were careful they should be all right.
''The problem is that when someone isn't okay, the tendency is to believe they've brought it on themselves, and this is extremely problematic when it comes to sexual violence.''
Moss, who lives in the Blue Mountains, recently finished her tenth book, broke the news about the alleged murder of an asylym seeker on Manus Island and is a UNICEF ambassador.