Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce my guest this week to you, 2018’s Ampersand Prize winner, Frances Chapman.
I’ve had the pleasure to have known Frances for a few years since we first met at a creative writing course @ The Australian Writers Centre in Sydney,
What I admire most about Frances is her work ethic, and make no mistake, she approaches writing like it is a job.
She turns up everyday.
She does the work.
And as a result she’s become an amazing writer of both fiction and non-fiction. All her efforts have culminated in her being awarded The Hardie Grant Egmont Award Ampersand Prize last year for her ‘vibrant’ (their word) debut YA novel, What it Takes.
In our chat today we get stuck right into her journey and her process.
Frances is honest and thoughtful and has all the grit and persistence of someone who’s worked out what it takes to bring her goals and dreams to life.
I can’t express enough how excited I was to get to sit down with Frances to learn more about how she’s become the writer she is.
You’ll love this one.
Check all all that Frances is up to here:
Choosing to live a creative live means you HAVE TO be ready to commit to whatever it is you want to produce.
Whether it’s painting or sculpture or movies, or for me, podcasts, you have to be prepared to push through the tough times. When it’s tough and we still turn up to create, we’re making a statement about how important what we do is to us.
My guest on this episode of What I Don’t Talk About @ BBQs turns up each and every day, no matter what. Maxine Fawcett is a writer, a mother, a wife and wherever she goes she puts all of her heart into what’s she doing.
We talk a lot about how her life has lead her to become the writer she is and how she’s working each and every day to balance all of the important priorities that mean so much to her.
As a creator committed to bringing her stories to the world, I found her very inspring to chat to.
You can learn more about Maxine here:
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