John Ray Grisham Jr. is an American novelist, attorney, politician, and activist. He served in the Mississippi House of Representatives from January 1984 to September 1990. He is one of only three authors to sell two million copies on a first printing. His books have been translated into 42 languages and published worldwide.
About John Grisham in brief
John Ray Grisham Jr. is an American novelist, attorney, politician, and activist. His first novel, A Time to Kill, was published in June 1989, four years after he began writing it. His books have been translated into 42 languages and published worldwide. He has written 28 consecutive number one bestsellers. He served in the Mississippi House of Representatives from January 1984 to September 1990. He is one of only three authors to sell two million copies on a first printing, the other two being Tom Clancy and J. K. Rowling. He gave up playing baseball at the age of 18, after a game in which a hostile pitcher aimed a beanball at him, and narrowly missed doing him grave harm. He drew on his childhood experiences for his novel A Painted House, a novel with strong autobiographical elements, the protagonist – a seven-year old farmer boy – manifests a strong wish to become a baseball player. His latest book, A Time for Mercy, is his third story involving the characters established in A Time To Kill and further follows the story of Jake Brigance, a Mississippi small town lawyer representing a minor accused of murder. He was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and grew up in Southaven, Mississippi. He graduated from Mississippi State University and received a J. D. degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1981. He practiced criminal law for about a decade and represented the seventh district in DeSoto County, Mississippi, in the state legislature from 1984 to 1990, at an annual salary of USD 8,000.
His novels have been adapted into films: The Chamber, The Client, A P painted House, The Pelican Brief, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, Skipping Christmas, and A time to Kill. He won election as a Democrat to the House of Representative in 1984 and was re-elected in 1988. He changed his name to John GrishAm Jr. in 1991. He now lives in Mississippi with his wife and their three children. He lives in a suburb of Jackson, Mississippi and works as a trial lawyer for a private law firm. He also has a second home in Mississippi, where he lives with his family and has a third wife. He and his wife have three children and have a daughter and a son who is a high school senior. He recently had a son, a son and a daughter-in-law with whom he has two step-children and a step-daughter. He currently lives in the town of Cleveland, Mississippi in the Delta State with his second wife and two step children. His wife and three children live in the Jackson suburb of Cleveland and have three step-grandchildren. Grishams has been a Christian since he was eight years old, and has described his conversion to Christianity as “the most important event’ in his life. He attended college three times before completing a B.S. degree in accounting in 1977. He later enrolled in the University of Mississippi University of Law and graduated in 1981 with a degree in taxation.