Jo-Ann Capp’s community roles and fund raising have led to her becoming a well-known identity in Toowoomba and South-Western Queensland.
Not so well-known is the emotional turmoil Jo-Ann went through after her son Reid was, at five years old, diagnosed with cancer. Now, eight years on, Jo-Ann tells of the Capp family’s times of despair and upheaval in her book “Four Hot Chips”. The story reveals, in an honest, forthright manner, the difficulties involved in coping with Reid’s countless operations, chemotherapy and the resultant sicknesses. She also tells of the stresses and strains the accompanying demands put on Jo-Ann and her husband David’s marriage.
Working in conjunction with Emma McTaggart of the publishing company Boogie Books, Jo-Ann took seven years to finish the script. “It was a journey of many ups and downs,” she says. “I started jotting down notes to help me cope with what Reid and the rest of the family were going through. “I found writing about the expanse of feelings we went through was one of the best mechanisms of dealing with our situation.” The end result is that this high quality production has achieved its objective.
“It is a story of a family, its love and how they survived, but nearly didn’t,” says Emma.
Ann Hewitt, of The Book Tree, is also a strong supporter.
“What I appreciate most is Jo’s honesty and her ability to share the entire story, with no gilding”.
“The book is raw, un-put-down-able and is one of our best selling biographies.”
Words by Graeme Kelly