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John Grisham incorporates many reality-based ideas into his novels He uses experiences from his own life as plots in his novels Many of his novels are from actual experiences portrayed in life today Grisham uses his knowledge and experiences as a courtroom lawyer to create realistic novels that capture his readers attention John Grisham combines his knowledge as a lawyer and his talent as a writer to become one of the best selling authors of the decade John Grisham was born on February 8 1955 in Jonesboro Arkansas His mother was a homemaker and his father a construction worker As a child Grisham wanted to play either professional baseball or professional baseball He gave up the football dream early but the baseball dream lasted through college After a few years of trying his baseball career out he realized baseball was not for him He then shifted his gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University httpwwwrandom housecomfeaturesgrishamabouthtml He then attended law school at the University of Mississippi He graduated in 1981 the same year in which he married Renee Jones who then became Renee Grisham John Grisham then began to practice law in Southaven Mississippi for nearly a decade He specialized in criminal defense and personal injury litigation In 1983 he was elected to the Mississippi Sate House of Representatives He served in the House of Representatives until 1990 While at Mississippi State University he attempted to write two books neither of which he finished In 1984 he began to write a third book He used his experience at Dessoto County Courthouse httpwwwrandomhousecomfeaturesgrishamabouthtml to write this book The testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim inspired Grisham to write a novel After three years of grueling work on A Time to Kill his first book was completed Initially rejected by many publishers it was eventually bought by Wychwood Press who gave it modest five thousand copy printing and published in 1988
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