Here's the short version of "who is James Wallace?":
I grew up on a farm, the oldest of four children, allergic to wheat, cotton, and hay, went off to boarding school, college, and law school, did well, joined a big law firm (twice), left the big law firm (twice), married a beautiful Texas girl, with whom I raised five wonderful children (still raising the 5th) and embarked on a series of family adventures and misadventures, which are still continuing to this day. I take great pleasure (even if no one else does) in the fact that I act like a 12-year old (my youngest son’s age) almost as much as I do my much older, true and undisclosed age. ______________________________________________________
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I’m also now a granddad (“Popsy,” because Nancy went with the cool name “Mumsy”) to three beautiful, scampering one-year olds (two boys and a girl). Children are gifts from God. We thank God daily for the amazing blessings in our lives!
Growing up, we lived on the edge of danger, as our farm was only a few miles from the epicenter of the New Madrid Fault. We had freedom to roam and adventures almost daily. We made forts in wheat fields, played in trailers full of cotton, rode horses, hunted, fished, ranged far and wide on motorcycles (which put an immediate end to horse riding), enjoyed summer camps in the Smoky Mountains and the Ozarks, canoed the rivers, scuba-dived in the lakes, and found enumerable other ways to entertain ourselves in the era of 3-channel TV and no internet (I won’t mention the M-80s, or the underground tunnels, or the . . .).
I graduated from McCallie School, Vanderbilt University, and The University of Texas School of Law. Adventures continued on breaks from studying. Spelunking in uncharted caves in the mountains of East Tennessee (how did we find our way out?), scuba-diving in Cayman (incredible, although our 36-fathom dive was questionable in hindsight), water skiing in February in Nashville (my first and only hypothermia experience), and whitewater canoeing on the rivers of the Texas Hill Country (not as daring as it may sound). In my former life I was a full-time attorney (a partner in the Dallas and Austin offices of a major law firm). Since then I’ve embarked on a myriad of entrepreneurial and traveling adventures, including a fun but short-lived (cold winters and windy!) move to the Rocky Mountains, Texas ranch real-estate brokerage and law practice, co-founding a B2B software company, and most recently, moving to Mississippi, the home state of both sides of my family. Throughout it all, the things I most enjoyed, and still do, are spending time with my family, and writing.
I hope Walking with God, the first book in my Christian-Living series, Let Us Meet at the River, inspires you to walk in a new light and with a new-found purpose. I hope you, too, feel younger with each step you take, each walk you make. I hope you find camaraderie with my experiences and insights, and gain similar benefits - spiritual, emotional, and creative. I hope Walking with God motivates you to appreciate God’s blessings even more fully, marvel at His creation, enrich your relationships, find your purpose, and use the talents He gave you to fuel your light and spark a thousand more. With God beside us, we may stumble, but we will not fall. Each day will be a blessing, in ways untold, beyond imagination.
On the fiction side, I am the author of the Ghost Eagles action-adventure series for teens. Next year I plan to re-publish the first two books (currently available here and here) with a new look, and continue the series. I’ll soon publish a collection of short stories tentatively titled Tales from the River. These are mostly stories I created from things I observed on my walks – walks of imagination (as well as inspiration). I hope my fiction works entertain you and your children – and encourage you all to let your imaginations soar like Peter Pan or Superman or the character you make up tomorrow. ______________________________________________________________________________
Here are a few pics of me and my crew in Florida, Mississippi, and Texas, plus scenes from my walks.