Chap Harper is a master scuba diver and for over thirty years he has found the Caribbean to be his favorite place to get wet. Having owned ocean front property in the Dominican Republic, he enjoys a comfort level with the country and her people. Chap also has a small Placer gold claim in the Sierras of Northern California so mining techniques have always been a favorite subject for him.
Charles is a native Arkansan and went to high school in North Little Rock. Attended the University of Arkansas and Little Rock University where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. He retired as a vice president for the CNA Insurance companies where he earned a Charter Life Underwriter designation. He has served as president of the General Agents and Managers Association, president of the Arkansas Massage Board, president of the Garland County Master Gardeners, and president of the Ouachita Hosta and Shade Tree Society.
After he retired in the year 2000 he began to pursue some lifetime ambitions. One of those was to write a novel. He had an idea for one, but didn’t write the book until 2007 and found it hard to get it published. Chap put it back on the shelf until 2012 when he did some extensive rewriting and was published by a small firm in Georgia. The publisher eventually went under so he took the rights for the book back and then self published in hardcover, paperback, and as an ebook for Kindle, Nook, itunes, and Kobo.
The fictional novel Once Upon a Reef used Chap’s love for scuba diving and adventure and combined a great deal of research on the Dominican Republic and Haiti and their respective histories into an exciting and fun story.
He recently had a second novel entitled Once Upon the Congo published by Smoking Gun Publishers. The new book picks up where the other novel left off while introducing several new characters and taking everyone into the steaming jungles of the Congo.
Chap lives on a lake in Hot Springs, Arkansas with his wife Susan and a large collection of palm trees which he says remind him of the Caribbean.