www.meganjoychapman.com

Author of Lion Heart & Alessio: The Victory Ride Series

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About Megan Joy Chapman

Megan Joy Chapman

Born into a family of dancers and figure skaters from Boston, Massachusetts, Megan performed in her first ice skating show at age three. By ten-years-old, she was working as a skating clothes model for print and television and was offered a job to tour with the Ice Capades. Rather than quit school to become a figure skating gypsy (smile) Megan’s parents declined the offer and encouraged her to pursue dance instead. By age fifteen she was teaching dance classes and continued training and performing.

She studied ballet, jazz, and modern with The Franklin School for the Performing Arts, and ballet with Walnut Hill and The Boston Ballet. After studying dance and theater for a year at New York’s Ithaca College, Megan explored other areas of artistry. She transferred to The School of Fashion Design in Boston where she was awarded a scholarship for Best Designer and received her degree. Upon graduating, she worked professionally as a costume and freelance fashion designer. To compliment her dance experience, Megan holds certifications in Group Fitness and Pilates.

Megan Joy Chapman | Exercise and DanceMegan had always been told she was talented but struggled with demands she had put on herself to be perfect. If she couldn’t master something then she deemed herself a failure and often wondered if her life truly mattered.

Before Megan became a Christian at age twenty-two, she had no sense of joy or peace in her life or artistry. She found herself endlessly striving for acceptance and purpose by worldly means but hit dead ends and disappointments every time. A couple years after her salvation encounter, Megan realized that she was not created to be perfect. She was created to be a worshiper. When she chose to use creative expression as a form of worship to honor God, joy and fulfillment settled in and Megan’s heart for ministry took flight.

Now a Christian author living in Hawaii with her supportive husband, Keith, Megan has the privilege to spend much of her time writing the LH&A series. She loves living vicariously through her books theatrical characters. She enjoys visiting schools hoping to inspire children to become warriors in the Kingdom of God by using their gifts and talents to honor Him. Her greatest desire is to show the world that they are loved, unique, precious to God and have eternal worth and purpose.

In addition to writing, Megan continues to teach various styles of dance and core conditioning within local schools and ministries and has been on staff with West Hawaii Dance Theatre since 1998. She has been a guest choreographer for YWAM’s (Youth with a Mission) School of Performing Arts as well as a guest instructor and choreographer for  YWAM School of Dance Studies in Kona. Currently, she is a guest performer and choreographer  with Saving Grace Dance Ensemble and occasionally leads dance ministry at Living Stones Church. Megan is also a mixed media artist and enjoys cooking for friends and family.

Book Testimony: Tragedy to Triumph
Why Megan Wrote Lion Heart and Alessio: The Victory Ride

megan joy chapmanMegan began writing Lion Heart & Alessio as a gift for her family. Since they spanned the globe from Hawaii, Boston, and Greece, she wanted to find a way for them to stay connected. Megan especially wanted to encourage her two skateboarding nephews, who inspired the main characters, and show them that God has an amazing destiny and unique purpose for their lives.

The plan was to share the first book at a Boston family reunion in the summer of 2008. But the day before her 12-year-old nephew—one of the heroes of the book— was to leave Greece to meet the family in Boston, he was struck by a car and killed.

In her grief, Megan thought she misunderstood the purpose for writing the book. The story she had prayed would bring encouragement to her family might now be a slap in the face. The families reunion turned into a time of mourning. But after much prayer, God clarified to Megan that her nephew’s passing was the real reason she was telling the tale. More than that, God could use it not just for her family, but for anyone who has suffered pain or loss.

Lion Heart & Alessio: The Victory Ride is Megan’s first book in a series. As the series developed, it became a testimony about believing God’s promises and overcoming fears and doubts—no matter what the circumstances. Megan’s prayer is that God will use her books to reach out to youth and their families, showing them the way to salvation.

Patti M. Hummel, President/Agent
The Benchmark Group
Nashville, TN
615.366.3300
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