The Life of John Grisham

John Grisham wrote two books while working every day as a Mississippi lawyer. Soon, he became one of the best-selling authors of all time.

Before he was one of the bestselling authors of all time John Grisham was a Mississippi lawyer with an idea. Grisham’s second novel, The Firm, along with his later legal thrillers, The Pelican Brief and The Runaway Jury, turned him into the number one author of the 1990s.

“You can find an hour a day. For me it was waking up earlier in the morning — very early in the morning and going to my office earlier to write a page or two every day. And I was disciplined enough to do it and that’s how the first two books got written. I had never written anything before, did not know how to write, I’d never studied writing, did not dream of being a writer when I was a student, but I had what I thought was a great idea for a courtroom drama — a big trial set in a small town in Mississippi.”

Grisham took time off from writing for several months in 1996 to return, after a five-year hiatus, to the courtroom. He was honoring a commitment made before he had retired from the law to become a full-time writer to inspire and change the world: representing the family of a railroad brakeman killed when he was pinned between two cars. Grisham represented the seventh district, which included DeSoto County. By his second term in the Mississippi state legislature, he was the vice-chairman of the Apportionment and Elections Committee and a member of several other committees.

When he’s not writing law justice books for entertainment, Grisham devotes time to charitable causes, including most recently his Rebuild The Coast Fund, which raised 8.8 million dollars for Gulf Coast relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He also keeps up with his greatest passion: baseball. The man who dreamed of being a professional baseball player now serves as the local Little League commissioner. The six ballfields he built on his property have played host to over 350 kids on 26 Little League teams.

“I told my wife that, you know — I said “I’m going to write one more book. Try to. And if the second book doesn’t work, if it flops too, then forget this hobby. Forget writing. I’ll just — I’ll be a lawyer. I’m still a lawyer.”


05/12/2019 6:00 PM


  • Virginia R.
    01/22/2020 18:06

    Good afternoon. I heard you are defending a man who was accused wrongly. He has been in jail for 30 years. We have a case which is between 10 to 14 years old. We have reviewed it several times. It has a lot of inconsistencies. It was an election year. A judge from New México was brought in when the case was in Texas. They were not given a chance to bring in witnesses. Addresses, times... were wrong. Their lawyer made a deal for them without consultation. The mother did not have a translator. The mother was taken out of Court when it was her kid who was charged. A simple question...could you see the see if anything could be done? Thank you for your time.

  • Annette A.
    12/15/2019 21:14

    What book got rejected

  • Kim F.
    09/12/2019 03:56

    Hi John. Thank you for writing the junior adult series, Theo Boone. I have been trying to get my grandson to latch onto something and your series has done it! He’s 12 and a sports fanatic but he has a strong leaning towards law, he just doesn’t know it yet! No matter what he chooses for a profession, I am so glad I got him reading and I read all of your books so now we have something else to talk about!Thank you!

  • Patsy T.
    05/31/2019 01:57

    I love his book a painted house but not the movie I read a lot of his books and enjoyed them until I realised all had a liberal bent to them A talented writer for sure Did not know that he defended a friend who watched child pornography If true ,disappointing

  • Martha B.
    05/30/2019 19:23

    I have loved your books and also the movies made from them. Tom Cruise in the firm was especially great!!

  • Sheetal T.
    05/29/2019 12:36

    I am a greatest fan of John Grisham.

  • Satish S.
    05/29/2019 08:02


  • Alfred P.
    05/29/2019 02:37

    John Grisham got rejected?

  • Patricia F.
    05/28/2019 01:21

    I love all your books and thank you for taking me on great journeys..

  • Arya M.
    05/27/2019 13:19

    😊😊 What a dedicated writer...

  • Mohd D.
    05/27/2019 12:39


  • Qaiser A.
    05/27/2019 12:33

    I would wait for his books so eagarly... Saw The Innocent Man, a series based on his book on Netflix. Loved it.

  • Tmbhat B.
    05/27/2019 12:01

    We enjoy reading his books, I, my son and my daughter. All time favourite.

  • Salman B.
    05/27/2019 09:01

    Vipul Hadiya

  • Samy T.
    05/27/2019 08:39

    My favourite author just love his work 🥰

  • Linda L.
    05/25/2019 17:46

    My favorite book of all John Grisham has written, and yes I have read them all, is A Time to Kill, the first book he talks about that was rejected. It was very moving.

  • Gail C.
    05/22/2019 23:48

    I think I’ve read every book he’s published, and I always watch for his new ones to come out. Love his work.

  • Mary M.
    05/22/2019 13:30

    Have read quite a few of his books and always go back for another one!

  • Shirley S.
    05/22/2019 01:44

    He is a great author😍

  • Carolyn M.
    05/20/2019 22:46

    He is by far one of my favorite authors.

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