EMPOWERING CHILDREN THROUGH STORY
Jo-Ann Capp grew up in rural Queensland. The eldest of two girls, Jo is a country girl at heart who grew up knowing and appreciating the importance of community from a young age. Jo’s Grandfathers Roger (maternal) and Reid (paternal) were both leaders in their communities and had passed this reputation onto their children, (Jo’s Parents – Roslyn and Reid) and in turn to Jo and her sister Melissa.
After leaving boarding school Jo attended Queensland Agricultural College in Gatton and began studying for a career in hospitality. It wasn’t long into college life that Jo realised she was not much of a student. Being in the workforce was far better than reading or analysing it! She found work in Cairns and the Gold Coast and quickly moved up the management rungs of Hotel Management. Moving from hospitality to community fundraising and event planning is a road well travelled. However this was to be Jo’s path. She is passionate about her family and her community. Now living in Toowoomba Qld with her husband David and two children Alexandra and Reid.
“I related to every step of the way after a terrible accident with my son…..I was very inspired by your book”
“I just could not put it down”
“What a truly special family you are. I am so happy to have read your book”
“Jo I have just finished 4 hot chips (I'm a slow reader). I hear your voice in my head as I read it. I wanted to be one of those girlfriends who helped you out, at least one of the ones who went to Sydney drinking champagne! It's such a gift to me on Christmas Eve...look at your children, hug them tight and rejoice you are together.”
“I have looked at hot chips with a very different perspective and thought of Reid every single time. Amazing journey, and above all else, Reid's condition is probably the one thing that brought you all together, despite almost tearing you apart, oh so bitter sweet!”
‘Four Hot Chips – It’s honest and raw and sheds a horribly real light on a household devastated by cancer. Thank you Jo for throwing your pain and vulnerability into the page and hopefully, your recollections will help thouse who are just beginning their own cancer journeys. An absolute knock-out of a novella.’
‘Jo-Ann Capp perfectly illustrates the emotional toll that childhood cancer has on a family. Her is a story that will captivate you, break your heart and then lift you with the promise of hop. A truly inspirational story.’
Jessie Persse, The Farmers Wife, Queensland Country Life
‘Jo Capp opens her heart with the unvarnished truth of how a childhood cancer journey stretches family relationships to breaking point. Real, insightful and optimistic.’
"Four Hot Chips is a blunt portrayal of the gruelling journey a family endures when juvenile cancer rips your world apart. The grief, fear, exhaustion and courage are captured with brutal honesty. I admire the Capp family for sharing their experience, which as a mother of three, remains unfathomable."
Alice Greenup, Author of Educating Alice