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.”


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  • Sue W.
    05/13/2019 22:01

    Love this author

  • Mary L.
    7 days

    I love his lawyer books. But when I read his non lawyer book, A Paiinted House, I fell in love.

  • John B.
    7 days

    My favorite author.

  • Jeanne P.
    6 days

    Love his writings

  • Pat L.
    5 days

    My favorite author

  • Donna F.
    5 days

    Love him

  • Ann R.
    4 days

    One of my favorite authors!

  • Ann G.
    4 days

    I love his books

  • Larry S.
    4 days


  • Wilda S.
    4 days

    My favorite author. The Testament is my favorite

  • Tizzy B.
    3 days

    He was one of my favorite authors until I heard that he defended a friend who watched child porn. Grisham said it hurt no one if he watched it. Yes, it does. I threw out all his books and audio books.

  • Lindsay B.
    3 days

    Enjoyed his narrative

  • Brenda S.
    3 days

    My favorite author. Have read EVERY book!!!

  • Carolyn M.
    2 days

    He is by far one of my favorite authors.

  • Shirley S.
    a day

    He is a great author😍

  • Mary M.
    12 hours

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

  • Gail C.
    an hour

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