Born in New Orleans, Jim Fraiser grew up in Greenwood,
Mississippi, and attended Ole Miss as an undergraduate and for law school. He is
the director of legal services for the Mississippi band of Choctaw Indians,
representing six thousand tribal members in all their legal matters. He has
served as a Hinds County assistant district attorney and as Mississippi special
assistant attorney general.
In addition to his books published by Pelican, he has
also published a novel and four works of nonfiction. He has published eight
law-journal articles featured in national publications and two original and
produced plays, The Judas Principle and Cosmos by Copernicus.
Four of his dramatic adaptations of books have been produced: Walker Percy's
Love in the Ruins, Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, Plato's
Symposium, and Alex Haley's Autobiography of Malcolm X.
Fraiser also teaches college courses, including paralegal
studies, for three of Mississippi's state universities, as well as acting and
writing classes for Millsaps College's Adult Enrichment Program. He is a
freelance journalist/photographer, writing regular columns, news stories, and
book reviews for the Emmerich newspapers, the Clarion-Ledger, and
numerous other papers, journals, and magazines throughout the Deep South.
As though his roles as lawyer and writer are not enough,
Jim Fraiser is also a professional actor and has directed and/or performed in
many plays in regional professional theater. He has been featured in roles in
several motion pictures, including Blind Vengeance, Good Ole Boy,
Ode to Billie Joe, Nightmare in Badham County, and Mississippi
Burning. His most recent role was as veterinarian Wiley Sims in the popular
2000 film My Dog Skip.
He and his wife, Carole, live in Jackson, Mississippi,
and have two daughters, Lucy and Mary Adelyn.