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Author | John Grisham

John Grisham is an author with not less than 39 books published in his name, from 1989 to date.

Brief Biography

John Grisham is an American novelist, politician, attorney and activist. He was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas on February 8th 1955.

He got his first degree from Mississippi State University and received his Juris Doctor Degree from University of Mississippi School of Law in 1981, the same year he got married to his wife, Renee. He practiced Criminal Law for about ten years and served in the Mississipi House of Representatives between January 1984 and September 1990.

He has two children, Shea and Ty Grisham.

Writing Career

John Grisham’s first novel, A Time to Kill was rejected by 28 publishers before it got published by Wynwood Press in 1989.

He became really famous as a writer after his second novel, The Firm – got published and it became the bestselling novel of 1991. Ever since his writing career has been blossoming.

Genres

His works cover Legal thriller, crime fiction, southern gothic, football and baseball. But he’s mostly known for his Legal thrillers.

List of John Grisham’s Books

1989 – A Time to Kill

1991 – The Firm

1992 – The Pelican Brief

1993 – The Client

1994 – The Chamber

1995 – The Rainmaker

1996 – The Runaway Jury

1997 – The Partner

1998 – The Street Lawyer

1999 – The Testament

2000 – The Brethren

2001 – A Painted House

2001 – Skipping Christmas

2002 – The Summons”

2003 – “The King of Torts

2003 – Bleachers

2004 – The Last Juror

2005 – The Broker

2006 – The Innocent Man

2007 – Playing for Pizza

2008 – The Appeal

2009 – The Associate2009 – Ford County (short stories)

2010 – Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

2010 – The Confession

2011 – Theodore Boone: The Abduction

2011 – The Litigators

2012 – Theodore Boone: The Accused

2012 – Calico Joe

2012 – The Racketeer

2013 – Theodore Boone: The Activist

2013 – Sycamore Row

2014 – Gray Mountain

2015 – Theodore Boone: The Fugitive

2015 – Rogue Lawyer

2016 – Partners (a “Rogue Lawyer short story)

2016 – Theodore Boone: The Scandal

2016 – Witness to a Trial (a digital short story)

2016 – The Whistler

2017 – Camino Island

Famous Quotes by John Grisham

“In life, finding a voice is speaking and living the truth. Each of you is an original. Each of you has a distinctive voice. When you find it, your story will be told. You will be heard”. -John Grisham

“You live your life today,
Not tomorrow,
and certainly not yesterday.” -John Grisham

“I was tired of secrets, tired of seeing things I was not supposed to see. And so I just cried.” -John Grisham, APainted House

“Mr. Buckley, let me explain it this way. And I’ll do so very carefully and slowly so that even you will understand it. If I was the sheriff, I would not have arrested him. If I was on the grand jury, I would not have indicted him. If I was the judge, I would not try him. If I was the D.A., I would not prosecute him. If I was on the trial jury, I would vote to give him a key to the city, a plaque to hang on his wall, and I would send him home to his family. And, Mr. Buckley, if my daughter is ever raped, I hope I have the guts to do what he did”. -John Grisham, A Time to Kill“Death row is a nightmare to serial killers and ax murderers. For an innocent man, it’s a life of mental torture that the human spirit is not equipped to survive” -John Grisham, The Confession

“It’s amazing how lies grow. You start with a small one that seems easy to cover, then you get boxed in and tell another one. Then another. People believe you at first, then they act upon your lies, and you catch yourself wishing you’d simply told the truth” -John Grisham, The Client

Lessons I’ve learned so far from John Grisham’s writing history

Keep writing even when the pile of your books and the height of your fame have reached the sky.

Rejection doesn’t mean the end of writing. Persist even when you meet a hundred publisher rejections.

Work hard to publish at least a book in a year.

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Storreal | Kindness Gone Wrong

A young man got arrested and imprisoned for nine years for a crime he knew nothing about. His only crime was that he accepted to accommodate a friend who he didn’t know was at large for committing a murder.
The young man was a commercial bus driver, doing well in that capacity. Igbo people say that if one cannot get himself into trouble, his garment will do so for him. That was the case with this young man. He was a man who lived a decent life, but he went to jail despite his and decency.         

When his friend came to his house from another state and pleaded with him to allow him to stay in his house for a while, murder was the farthest in his mind. He only saw a friend in need, a desperate friend, and vowed not to cast him away into the cold, dangerous street without a place to lay his head. He didn’t bother to ask questions, for who interrogates a friend in need? So he welcomed him with all his heart.                  
A few days later, he returned home from work only to find out that his friend had vanished. He was still wondering where he could be when heavily armed police officers surrounded his house and ordered him to hand over the criminal he hid in his house to them. That was confusing. The friend he knew wasn’t a criminal. He was a good friend, a well-behaved friend. There must be a mistake somewhere.          
He told them they were at the wrong house. Before he could finish his words, they handcuffed him. They promised to release him when he provides the criminal he had housed. 
They detained him for weeks as they waited for the offender to come and take his place but there was nothing he could do. He couldn’t provide a person who was nowhere to be found. The case was taken to court and the case ended thus; since you kept a criminal in your house and helped him to escape going to prison, you are going to face his punishment.                            

In that country, a convicted killer is jailed for life and the fate of this young man became life imprisonment. There was nothing anyone could do about it because the family of the victim was strongly demanding for justice.      
The young man was transferred to a maximum security prison. At that particular prison, inmates smell, see and touch their deaths before they finally die. That’s was the prison this young man was taken to. His family was denied access to him.                                          
For nine years, he spent his life in the prison yard with hard labour. He prayed and cried to God every passing day acquit him. That very year, after nine years closer to his end, the prison door opened for him He was set free. How did it happen? Who engineered his release? He coudn’’t tell. It was a miracle and like a dream.      He is free but traumatised for life.       
Till this moment, the young man who put him in trouble is still, nowhere to be found. He is probably in hiding away somewhere in the world.

Before you agree to do anything, think about it. Before you bring someone you call a friend into your home, know what they are capable of. Some friends have hidden characters. Make sure they are not dangerous.

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One Wrong Can Ruin Many Rights

It doesn’t matter how many rights you have done in life. What people see clearly is that one thing you did wrong. That one wrong is like a single dent on a flashy brand new car.

The dent on a car can be fixed up to hide the blemish. Soon people forget that there was once a dent.

This is not so with a ‘dented’ person. The dent is engraved on the minds of those who have witnessed it happen and as long as they live, they will always remember that one dent that has spoilt everything about a whole person.

Trying to make everything right again, is like achieving the impossible. It won’t work to restore the complete trust of the people.

There once lived a man whom the people nicknamed Cobra. Cobra was a tie hard highway robber. He was in a gang and was the ring leader. Whenever he came back home from the city where he carried out his operations, people would be expecting his visit because, in the dead of the night, he would climb their fences and break into their houses to steal. The strange thing about Cobra was that no matter the height of one’s fence, he would climb it with his bare hand and feet. This was the time when people roofed their walls with a corrugated sheet. And it’s a wonder they didn’t hear the creaking noise of the sheet. He would do his thing without getting caught. People only woke up to their missing belongings. Since he was the only thief in their midst, they went straight to his parents to demand for their missing things. The parents never argued with them, they knew exactly where their son kept them, they would return their things because Cobra stole from them for fun. Probably to train and test his skills. He wasn’t going to do anything with their things anyway.

One day, Cobra decided to repent of his evil ways. He went to the church, confessed publicly and asked people to forgive him.

They did.

They hugged him and kissed his cheeks, and even ate with him but it all ended in the Church.

They all said they have forgiven him but for the rest of his thirty years, he remained a thief in their sights. When he wanted to settle down, no family wanted him as a son in law. Not even a distant town allowed him to marry any of their daughters. Even when he became a pastor and did morning cry to tell people to repent and come to God, people still called him a thief. He had no respect in his community. He was not regarded in meetings and gatherings. He had no friends because no one wanted to be identify with him. They knew the risk – if you become his friend, then you become a thief. A friend of a thief is a thief.

Even when Cobra died with his sins forgiven before God, Cobra remained Cobra and a thief before his community and extended family.

His blood – sons and daughters were seen as the sons and daughters of a hardened thief. They all lived in isolation because people warned their kids not to associate with them.

To make matters worse, one of his sons took after his old ways to confirm the fear of the people.

So that one sin, theft, ruined his life and his entire generation up to God knows which generation will be free. He spent the rest of his life cleaning up but never achieved complete trust.

That’s how life is.

Assuming that from infancy, you have lived a clean, spottless life and up to 80 years of age, people knew you as a good, reliable person. It takes only one crime for years of spottlessness to be ruined.

People don’t trust you anymore. They would always see you from afar with formidable horns, 😈 even though before God, you’re a Saint, 😇.

You don’t blame the people, crime is evil that remains long after a criminal is gone.

People that know this avoid crime like a plaque.

It’s true that what people think of you don’t matter. You know yourself and you know you have cleaned up, that’s what truly matters. Sin no more!

But the best thing is to try hard to stay away from crimes.

No man lives in isolation, it’s always better to avoid getting involved in a ‘dirty ‘ afair in the first place so as to keep the trust of the people around.