Born in Massachusetts, Doug Capra came to Alaska in 1971, and taught school in the Aleutian Islands and in Seward. He retired after twenty-two years, and then spent eighteen years as a ranger guiding visitors through the fjords and along the glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park—headquartered in Seward. Over the years he served as Lead Fjord Ranger/Supervisor, Lead Exit Glacier Ranger/Supervisor, and Operations Supervisor for the Division of Interpretation. He has traveled extensively in Alaska and knows the state well.
For six years Doug served on the board of the Alaska Historical Society and has written extensively, including a weekly newspaper column about Alaska history. His most recent book (2014) is The Spaces Between: Stories from the Kenai Mountains to the Kenai Fjords. His previous books are A Handful of Pebbles: Stories from Seward History, and Something to be Remembered: Stories from Seward History. He has also written two plays, And Now the World Again and Into Alaska a Woman Came.
Doug lives in Seward, Alaska, with his wife Cindy. They spend some time every year visiting their children and granddaughter in California.