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On any given day in America thousands of infants are born but on February 8 1955 in a small town in Arkansas named Jonesboro one of the most famous modern day authors was born John Grisham was born a poor child with four other siblings His father was a cotton farmer and his mother a housewife Young John loved the game of baseball and one day aspired to become the best baseball player that ever lived His mother had other plans Although she wasnt well educated she insisted that John excel in school Bradstrom After graduating high school in Southhaven Mississippi he went on to enroll attend and play baseball at Northwest Mississippi Junior College in 1973 After attending this college for a year and becoming somewhat of a success in sports while failing miserably at academics he transferred to Delta State University At the urging of one of his coaches he finally let go of the childhood dream of making it big in baseball and quit the team to concentrate on his studies After finishing out the year he transferred to Mississippi State University in 1975 With the task of graduating at hand Grisham studied hard as an accounting major and graduated from MSU two years later The last leg of his education was spent at the law school of the University of Mississippi achievement The next decade of Johns life was spent building the foundation for what would later become his true calling in life He began practicing law in Southaven While learning the ropes of the courtroom he was elected to the Mississippi State House of Representatives where he served until 1990 During the beginning of his initial career he married Renee Jones bookbrowse John began two novels while still in college that would never be published but his true inspiration came one day in a courtroom where he overheard testimony of the rape of a young girl whose father murdered the
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