Ep 381 Meet Frances Chapman, author of ‘Stars Like Us’.

In Episode 381 of So You Want To Be A Writer: You'll meet Frances Chapman, author of Stars Liks Us. We also cover how to write scenes. Plus, there are 10x double passes to see High Ground – in cinemas 28 January.

Click play below to listen to the podcast. You can also listen on , and . Or add the manually to your favourite podcast app.

Show Notes

Writer in Residence

Frances Chapman


Frances Chapman is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter from Sydney.

Born in Henley-On-Thames in England, she spent her childhood pinballed between continents before settling in Sydney and finding her people. Several years as a journalist and social researcher gave her a healthy curiosity about people’s stories before she became a freelance writer in 2015.

Her debut novel, , is published by Hardie Grant Egmont. The idea for the novel came when, after a string of rejections for her first manuscript, she decided to write a book which her teenage self would have loved. It was also partly inspired by a photo of Justin Bieber eating chicken on a visit to Sydney. The novel won the Hardie Grant Egmont Ampersand Prize in 2018, and the Varuna-Black Inc Publisher Introduction Program in 2017.

Frances now lives by the beach with her family and Roscoe, the most winsome of hounds.


(If you click the link above and then purchase from Booktopia, we get a small commission. This amount is to support their valuable work with unwanted and abandoned dogs.)


This podcast is brought to you by the

Find out more about your hosts here:

Or get social with them here:



Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook

Share the love!


Interview Transcript

Coming soon.