Author | John Grisham

John Grisham is an author with not less than 39 books published in his name, from 1989 to date.

Brief Biography

John Grisham is an American novelist, politician, attorney and activist. He was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas on February 8th 1955.

He got his first degree from Mississippi State University and received his Juris Doctor Degree from University of Mississippi School of Law in 1981, the same year he got married to his wife, Renee. He practiced Criminal Law for about ten years and served in the Mississipi House of Representatives between January 1984 and September 1990.

He has two children, Shea and Ty Grisham.

Writing Career

John Grisham’s first novel, A Time to Kill was rejected by 28 publishers before it got published by Wynwood Press in 1989.

He became really famous as a writer after his second novel, The Firm – got published and it became the bestselling novel of 1991. Ever since his writing career has been blossoming.


His works cover Legal thriller, crime fiction, southern gothic, football and baseball. But he’s mostly known for his Legal thrillers.

List of John Grisham’s Books

1989 – A Time to Kill

1991 – The Firm

1992 – The Pelican Brief

1993 – The Client

1994 – The Chamber

1995 – The Rainmaker

1996 – The Runaway Jury

1997 – The Partner

1998 – The Street Lawyer

1999 – The Testament

2000 – The Brethren

2001 – A Painted House

2001 – Skipping Christmas

2002 – The Summons”

2003 – “The King of Torts

2003 – Bleachers

2004 – The Last Juror

2005 – The Broker

2006 – The Innocent Man

2007 – Playing for Pizza

2008 – The Appeal

2009 – The Associate2009 – Ford County (short stories)

2010 – Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

2010 – The Confession

2011 – Theodore Boone: The Abduction

2011 – The Litigators

2012 – Theodore Boone: The Accused

2012 – Calico Joe

2012 – The Racketeer

2013 – Theodore Boone: The Activist

2013 – Sycamore Row

2014 – Gray Mountain

2015 – Theodore Boone: The Fugitive

2015 – Rogue Lawyer

2016 – Partners (a “Rogue Lawyer short story)

2016 – Theodore Boone: The Scandal

2016 – Witness to a Trial (a digital short story)

2016 – The Whistler

2017 – Camino Island

Famous Quotes by John Grisham

“In life, finding a voice is speaking and living the truth. Each of you is an original. Each of you has a distinctive voice. When you find it, your story will be told. You will be heard”. -John Grisham

“You live your life today,
Not tomorrow,
and certainly not yesterday.” -John Grisham

“I was tired of secrets, tired of seeing things I was not supposed to see. And so I just cried.” -John Grisham, APainted House

“Mr. Buckley, let me explain it this way. And I’ll do so very carefully and slowly so that even you will understand it. If I was the sheriff, I would not have arrested him. If I was on the grand jury, I would not have indicted him. If I was the judge, I would not try him. If I was the D.A., I would not prosecute him. If I was on the trial jury, I would vote to give him a key to the city, a plaque to hang on his wall, and I would send him home to his family. And, Mr. Buckley, if my daughter is ever raped, I hope I have the guts to do what he did”. -John Grisham, A Time to Kill“Death row is a nightmare to serial killers and ax murderers. For an innocent man, it’s a life of mental torture that the human spirit is not equipped to survive” -John Grisham, The Confession

“It’s amazing how lies grow. You start with a small one that seems easy to cover, then you get boxed in and tell another one. Then another. People believe you at first, then they act upon your lies, and you catch yourself wishing you’d simply told the truth” -John Grisham, The Client

Lessons I’ve learned so far from John Grisham’s writing history

Keep writing even when the pile of your books and the height of your fame have reached the sky.

Rejection doesn’t mean the end of writing. Persist even when you meet a hundred publisher rejections.

Work hard to publish at least a book in a year.


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