Chas Johnson was born in Hanover PA in 1947. On New Years Day in 1960 Chas' grandfather drove him to a home on Frederick Street in Hanover and pointing to a window on the second floor of that building he asked, "Guess what happened in that room exactly one hundred years ago, this day?" Chas had no idea and said so. "Well," continued the old man, "John Luther Long was born, that's what happened!"
In the ensuing conversation it was determined that Long wrote the book Madam Butterfly upon which the movie and the opera were based. Chas' first reaction was that it was odd that a man from this little town could somehow be an expert on such an exotic subject.
Later however, John Luther Long became some sort of an enigma to Chas, as none of Chas' teachers ever mentioned him and when questioned about him simply rebuffed the query. Yet Long in Chas' mind was easily the most famous man to come from Hanover, not Al Jack Bemiller who played center for the Buffalo Bills as many others would say.
Chas went to Penn State University and received a degree in business. During college he took several writing courses and always did very well, with several of his professors urging him to attempt to publish some of his work.
But upon graduation, Chas went into the business world and with those demands, plus marriage and family, writing went to the side, yet it was always a desire that pressed at him.
As the children grew and moved away, Chas had more free time and started to dabble in writing again. First he wrote a series of various poems and had several published in various poetic magazines, but that was not fulfilling. So in the matter of course he started to write a novel.
Now Chas and his wife live in rural Maryland, not far from the Chesapeake Bay and enjoy a quiet life.