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Retired Braille instructor fulfills dream of writing

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Ruston resident Jerry Whittle sits holding his “thinking chair,” shows copies of two of his novels and his memoir. Whittle said the Clemson University rocking chair is where he often ponders the story line for his novels.

Jerry Whittle is a playwright and a novelist — he is also blind.

Whittle, 69, has written 23 plays, six novels and a memoir about growing up in South Carolina. He anticipates finishing his next book this spring.

“My books are about the human heart in conflict with itself,” said Whittle, who retired in 2013 after a 28-year career as a Braille instructor at the Louisiana Center for the Blind in Ruston.

Whittle intentionally incorporates blindness in most of his work to show “that we’re just regular guys who learn to do things using different techniques.”

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