James Ory Theall graduated from Mount Carmel High School in Abbeville, Louisiana, in 1950 and chose a military career. Impending blindness ended that dream in 1957. He returned to civilian life, married, and raised five children while attending Omaha (Nebraska) University. He worked as an accountant in Omaha and the Louisiana Gulf Coast oil patch for over thirty-five years.
Upon retirement in the late 1980s, with the aid of screen-reading software for his computer, he began writing as a hobby and therapy. In spite of his vision loss, he listens to audio books at every opportunity. He has great affection for the written word and pursues creative writing with fervor and enthusiasm.
Theall says, “I love writing and I plan to continue for as long as I can. I write for pleasure and all I ask is that my readers enjoy the books, and give an honest review.”
His wife, Lorraine, an award-winning author, and he currently reside in Longmont, Colorado, in the foothills of the magnificent Rocky Mountains. They are past co-presidents of the Longmont Writers Club and served three one-year terms.
jim, as he prefers to be called, hails from South Louisiana Cajun country and claims James Lee Burke as his favorite author "because he writes so eloquently about the bayous and the magnificent oak trees found in the region."
Theall is an advocate for blinded veterans. He enjoys Life Member status in the Blinded Veterans Association, the Disabled American Veterans, and the American Legion.