In Episode 8 of Freedom Hunters, I speak to Australian author, Sally Hepworth. Sally started her career in event management and HR, but it was while she was on maternity leave with her first child that she finally followed her instinct for writing and penned her first novel.
Her first book, The Secrets of Midwives, was the top selling debut novel in Australia in 2015. Fast forward a few years, and Sally is the best selling author of five books.
I had the pleasure of meeting with Sally at her bayside home in Melbourne earlier this year. At the time of recording, her latest book, The Mother In Law, was about to be released, and at the time of this episode of Freedom Hunters podcast going out, it has just been released in the UK and USA.
I absolutely loved talking with Sally about her career journey and how she made the change out of her HR career and into full time writing. She has some valuable advice about not giving up in the face of rejection. She also has interesting insights about the idea of women’s fiction, and how writers of the genre are having the last laugh. I was also fascinated to hear about where she gets her inspiration from.
You can follow Sally on her Instagram @sallyhepworth. Her Instagram stories are hilarious, full of Sally’s trade mark wit and commentary on the realities of parenting. She is well worth a follow. You can also find out more about her books on her website.
If anyone feels like they have a novel in them, then this episode is for you. Even if you don’t have aspirations to write, you’ll get so much from Sally’s story particularly about staying determined to follow your dreams.