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Channel Guide Magazine: Lyssa Chapman on her new book, her new show and life beyond Dog the Bounty Hunter

Jul 29, 2013

Channel Guide Magazine
by Lori Acken
May 21, 2013

Dog the Bounty Hunter fans know Lyssa Chapman as “Baby Lyssa,” the petite and beautiful blond daughter of Duane Dog Chapman, stepdaughter of Beth Chapman and half sister to the show’s other stars, Leland and Duane Lee Chapman — though the family famously refuses to use terms like “step” and “half” to describe their bonds.

Arriving on Dog and Beth’s doorstep — and thus, on A&E cameras — as a troubled teen with her toddler daughter Abbie in tow, Lyssa eventually evolved into a key member of the bounty-hunting team and developed a broad fan base of smitten men and young people who saw her as a contemporary and a role model, even as her relationship with her parents and her struggles with drugs and alcohol ebbed and flowed for all the world to see.

Now 25, Lyssa Chapman is coming into her own as a responsible adult and parent — and a Chapman who has found her own way to use her family’s motto of second chances to change lives. But first she had to come to terms with her harrowing childhood and the power it had to make or break her future.

“Things were going really good with my dad’s show and I told a few people tidbits of my past and I can’t tell you how many times I heard, ‘Wow, Lyssa, you should write a book! This is so astonishing!’ says Chapman, Dog’s ninth child and his third with third wife Lyssa Rae Brittain. “It was just amazing to me their reaction when they heard my life story, so I decided to put it down on paper and see if I could help change some people’s lives.”

The result is Chapman’s newly released memoir, Walking On Eggshells: Discovering Strength and Courage Amid Chaos, which she cowrote with award-winning author Lisa Wysocky (Front of the Class). The book chronicles Chapman’s jaw-droppingly early exposure to drugs, alcohol and sexuality as she battled to maintain her love of education and the few friendships she formed, and to earn snippets of attention from her divorced father and mother who were caught up in their own dubious love lives, drug addictions and frequent moves that made a normal childhood for their children virtually impossible.

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