John Grisham
John Grisham did allot during his life. He was a scholar in college. Then a lawyer and finally as an author. He became a great writer by writing about what he knows and by not rushing his work. He took his time with his first book. It eventually became a best seller then the movie rites were sold and it became an award winning motion picture. It started out as just another book but A Time To Kill was boosted by the printing of his second novel The Firm.

John Grisham was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas in 1955. At the age of 12 he and his family settled in Southaven, Mississippi. “He has deep southern roots- so deep in fact that he a President Bill Clinton is distant cousins” (www.olemiss.edu/depts/english/ms-writers/grisham_john/) .There he developed into a good student. His eighth grade teacher “saw something special in him, but not necessarily an eager writer” (Pringle 2). In college he claimed “not to have taken a course in composition or creative writing but did earn a D in freshm English” (Pringle 1)


He went to Mississippi State University (where he majored in accounting), and then he attended law school at the University of Mississippi. Grisham said “I planned to become a tax attorney. I even took a business course but it was a difficult course, so I gave up on it.” (www.loc.gov/)

“I decided to become a trial lawyer.” (Pringle 2) He came to this decision after he took part in a mock trial at law school. He noticed, how fluid he spoke while trying to convince the jury. He was also very persuasive and could talk a jury into doing what he wanted.

“I passed the bar exam in 1981. I practiced with a firm in New York for a while then I left to start my own practice. My wife suggested that I write to release tension and stress. I started and it took over a year to finish it.” (Grisham X)

Mary Beth Pringle quotes Grisham as, having written seven legal thrillers all published since 1989. His books evolved from the thriller tradition and borrowed from the heroic romance novel, Gothic novel, crime novel, and detective fiction. They examine contemporary social and legal problems that do not have simple solutions, like ecology, ethnic relations, capital punishment, corporate greed and health insurance. They also depict both the legal system and lawyers in their best and worst lights. (www.amazon.com)