John Grisham Facts

John Grisham Facts
John Grisham is an American politician, lawyer, and author best known for his legal thrillers, which have sole more than 275 million copies (2012). He was born John Ray Grisham, Jr, on February 8th, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas to Wanda Skidmore Grisham and John Grisham, a cotton farmer and construction worker. His family moved South when John was four, settling in Mississippi's DeSoto County. John dreamed of being a baseball player, and went on to attend three colleges before earning a degree in 1977 from Mississippi State University. His inspiration to write his first legal thriller began in 1984 while watching a trial, and three years later A Time to Kill was complete.
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John Grisham's first degree was a BS in accounting, but he returned to university to earn his law degree. He graduated in 1981 with a JD degree.
John Grisham was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives in 1983. He later became the Vice Chairman Apportionment and Elections Committee.
His first book A Time to Kill was rejected 28 times. Wynwood Press took a chance and printed a first run of 5000 copies in 1989.
John Grisham was already working on his next book The Firm, the day after completing work on A Time to Kill.
To focus on writing John did not seek re-election in the Mississippi legislature and he closed his office.
The Firm was published in 1991 and was the bestselling novel of the same year. The book stayed at number one for 47 weeks on The New York Times' bestseller's list.
The film right to The Firm earned John Grisham a $600,000 paycheck.
John Grisham has written a total of 24 legal thrillers (as of 2014) including The Client (1993), The Runaway Jury (1996), The Partner (1997), The Street Lawyer (1998), The Testament (1999), The Summons (2002), The Last Juror (2004), The Broker (2005), The Appeal (2008), The Associate (2009), The Confession (2010), and The Litigators (2011).
John Grisham has also published books that are not legally-oriented including A Painted House (2001), Skipping Christmas (2001), Bleachers (2003), Playing for Pizza (2007), and Calico Joe (2012).
11 of John Grisham's books have been adapted into films, and several more are in development.
Three of John Grisham's books have been adapted into television series; two series had one full season while one was a TV pilot only.
John Grisham began writing a middle-grade legal thriller series called Theodore Boone, the first of which was published in 2010. The series includes Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer (2010), The Abduction (2011), The Accused (2012), The Activist (2013), and The Fugitive (2015).
John Grisham has been married to Renee Jones since May, 1981. They have two children Ty and Shea.
Although John Grisham quit practicing law to pursue his writing career, he returned in 1996 to fight for a railroad worker's family. The worker had been killed on the job and Grisham successfully argued the case, winning the family more than $680,000.
John Grisham, Tom Clancy, and J.K. Rowling are the only authors to sell 2 million copies of a book on its first printing.
It is estimated that John Grisham's net worth is approximately $200 million.

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