WELCOME TO JAMES ORY THEALL'S WEBSITE

Bonjour et bienvenue! 
 

Thanks for coming by. Welcome to my web site. Grab a cup
of coffee and sit a spell. I’ll tell you a bit about me, my homeland,
and about my writing.

Each of the fictional characters I have created is a composite of Acadian people I have known throughout my life. The fictitious small town of St. Magdalene, for some reason, closely resembles my hometown of Abbeville.  My favorite pastime is writing about Cajuns, their culture, and especially their food, but I am also excited about my new creation, Omaha private investigator Mike Delo, who debuted in my first murder mystery, "The Clock Struck One".  The novel has been well received and I plan to continue this as a series. 

South Louisiana Cajun country (Acadiana, as it is now called) is beautiful. My favorite author, James Lee Burke, writes so movingly about it. The ancient oak trees, Spanish moss still clinging to some of them, survive in spite of hurricanes and tornados.  The cypress trees, knees protruding above the surface of the swamp water like humps on the backs of Brahma cattle, can still be found in a few spots. The azaleas and the hydrangeas bloom in a profusion of brilliant colors in the spring and summer.  Pleasure boats and party barges wend their way among the shrimp boats, oilfield vessels and cargo barges on the bayous.  If you listen carefully on a calm Saturday or Sunday morning, you might hear the excited whispers of a recreational fisherman who has just come upon a school of shrimp or sac au lait in the bay.

I have so many memories of my early years in that wonderful area of Louisiana, which at that time was unspoiled by the industrial activities that have so benefited the inhabitants.  Some memories are good and some are not so good.
After graduation from high school in 1950, I chose a military career with the U.S. Air Force, but you know, things don’t always work out as you plan. Eminent blindness ended my career at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, in 1957.  I remained in the area and enrolled in classes at Omaha University, married and became the proud father of five children.  

Louisiana mud never completely vanishes from between a Cajun's toes, though, so I moved back to Louisiana with my family in 1972.  Back I went to Omaha in 1990. My five children had all been born there, my roots were deep, and I had many friends there.  Retired, completely blind with no light perception, and blessed with time on my hands and a screen reader for my computer, I began to pursue my passion for creative writing.

I currently live in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in beautiful Longmont, Colorado, with my wife, Lorraine. Let me tell you, Cher, South Louisiana it ain’t! My lovely wife sees to it that we keep busy with our writing, and that we enjoy the many cultural activities offered to Longmont residents.  Lorraine is an award-winning author. Her first novel, “Beginnings” won the bronze medal in the Best Fiction category (Midwest Region) in the 2009 IPPI awards given at the American Book Exposition in New York City. She is an accomplished genealogist and thankfully, she is my in-house editor and critic.  Any compliments my writing receives belong to her.  She and I serve as co-presidents of the Longmont Writers Club.
We visit Acadiana as often as we can.   

I hope that you enjoy reading my books and give us a kind review. That fills me with gratitude and gives me great pleasure.

Keeyaw, but I do rattle on! Why don’t you pour yourself another cup, and come back and have a look at my books, my collaborative works, my blog, then if you like, go to my Facebook page and follow on Twitter. Oh yeah, by the way, I would love to hear from you. Please use the contact box to send me your comments.