Marian Chapman’s inspiration for The Purple Pony came from her son, who, as a child, had asked her to write a book so that other children could share the stories he enjoyed. Mrs. Chapman was born and raised in Philadelphia. She currently resides in a small suburb outside of the city. A registered nurse, she has worked as a nursing supervisor for the past twelve years. She was also issued a United States patent for a new product idea. Chapman enjoys the theater, music, movies, dancing, and travel. She loves family get-togethers and is happiest when she is spending time with her children and grandchildren.