John Chaplick

Creative Writing & Bridge

John Chaplick is a retired Certified Public Accountant, businessman, and a multiple award-winning author. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Wesleyan University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. An instructor of forensic and investigative accounting, John’s experience includes detecting, preventing, and investigating fraud, embezzlement, and money laundering.

As soon as he retired, John immediately began writing fiction. Over the course of a few years, he seriously practiced his craft and pursued writing in the mystery, thriller, and suspense genres. His publications include technical articles in various professional journals and fiction novels inspired by his extensive corporate and professional background. His award-winning novels include: Bridge of the Paper Tiger, The Rivergrass Legacy, Forbidden Chronicles of a Roman Centurion, Parchments of Fire, A Light Too Far Away, and December of the Dark Sun. His latest achievement, A Light Too Far Away, won a first place gold medal from the Florida Writers Association.

John currently teaches Creative Writing and Bridge at the Life Enrichment Center. In his Creative Writing classes, students get the chance to respond to a writing prompt, share their work, and receive feedback and encouragement in the traditional workshop format. John’s favorite part of teaching at the LEC is getting to interact with all the fantastic writers and watch them grow in confidence. He consistently encourages his LEC students to enter writings contests and get their work published.

John is a current member of the Florida Writers Association and the group leader for the Tampa area.