On February 8th in 1955 John Ray Grisham Jr. was born, to Wanda Skidmore Grisham, a homemaker, and John Grisham, a cotton farmer and construction worker. He was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas. John has four siblings, one older sibling and three younger siblings(Cat). When he was around four years old his family started moving around the south until they moved to Southhaven, Mississippi. As a young child John was urged to read and prepare himself for college(Esten). He went to the Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, Mississippi and later attended Delta State University in Cleveland. John drifted so much that he changed colleges three times before completing his degree in Accounting. He graduated from Mississippi State University in 1977, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He later enrolled in the University of Mississippi School of Law to become a tax lawyer, but his interest switched to general civil litigation. He graduated in 1983 with a Juris Doctor degree(Cat).
After graduating John went back to Southaven to pursue his career in law, he specialized in personal injury litigation and criminal defense(Bio). “ Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl’s father had murdered her assailants(Bio).” John woke up very early to write every morning before work, he worked on A Time To Kill from 1984-1987, It took him three years to finish(Bio). After having the manuscript turned down by 28 different publishers John finally found an unknown publisher, Wynwood Press, who would publish it(Cat). A Time To Kill had a very disappointing sell with only five thousand copies, this didn’t discour...
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