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I don't know what I was thinking back then.
It changed our lives. I stopped practicing law and quit politics and all that kind of stuff and knew that from then on, I thought I could write full time.
My only dream, I guess, was to get the next book finished and the next one and to sort of establish myself, hopefully, with the first two or three and that happened.
The movies of "The Firm," "Pelican Brief," and "The Client," came out in the span of 12 months, from the summer of '93 to the summer of '94 and they really spurred book sales and things were really crazy and those movies are still, you know, somewhere on cable TV tonight.
So it was a pretty crazy, fun, fantastic time in our lives and it's hard to believe it's been 25 years. But you know, I have to do something every day so I write and the books pile up.
But I was young and idealistic and busy as a lawyer. Not that profitable, but I stayed pretty busy. I wanted to be a trial lawyer and that's where I studied. That's where I really thought I was going to belong one day was in the courtroom. So I stayed there a lot and witnessed some things in a case I was not involved in, but another case and it inspired me to twist some facts and create this courtroom drama that I became obsessed with.
And I had never written anything before in my life. And one day, in about'85, I said, okay, I'm gonna start writing this and just see how far I can get. I mean, it didn't sell and I mean, it was just -- it was a nonevent.
And I was pretty discouraged by that. At the same time, I had this other idea I was working on and I told Renee, I said, look, I'm gonna do this one more time, okay? I'm gonna do this one more time. It was secret little hobby for a long time. I'm gonna try to write a book with a broader commercial appeal and try to make it, you know, more popular because "A Time To Kill" is a pretty heavy book.
I probably couldn't write it now. But I'm doing it one more time. I'm going to something else or just, you know, buckle down and practice law for the rest of my life or maybe become a judge. And then, again, 25 years ago, when "The Firm" came out, everything changed almost overnight.
When you get elected at the age of 28, you obviously have aspirations. My motive, though, for running was to try and help improve the public educational system in the state of Mississippi at the time. And when I grew up, I was very much aware that our school teachers were the lowest paid in the country and we were the only state with no public kindergarten system.
And so some friends of mine in law school and myself, we said, okay, let's run for the legislature. Let's get elected from our home towns and let's try to change this.
And all that happened, but along the way, pretty soon I was sort of disgruntled with the job because it was a lot of time away from home. It's, you know, it's not that financially rewarding and, you know, there's so many people who are looking for higher office.
Every state legislature is full of guys who want to be governor or whatever and I just One of my best friends from law school was eventually elected governor of Mississippi, Ronny Musgrove, a few years later so there were those people there who really wanted to seek higher office.
I just thought the field was too crowded, the work was too hard, the job was too insecure. And, you know, Renee's at home having babies and I'm trying to practice law full time and I just thought, you know, I'm not -- I don't want to do this anymore.
I wanted to quit after my first term, four years, and I ran for reelection. I got reelected in and then, sort of half-heartedly went through the motions of the job. And once that dream captures you, it's pretty compelling. At that point, I said, okay, I know I don't have to practice law anymore now.
And I was off and running.Editorial Reviews. The veteran suspense novelist is off on a happy lark with Camino Island, a resort-town tale that reads as if Grisham is taking a vacation from writing John Grisham novels. Instead of hurtling readers down the dark corridors of the courthouses that dot his plus legal thrillers, here he gently ushers us onto an island off the coast of Florida, a sleepy place whose town's.
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BACKGROUND: John Grisham was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker. He majored in accounting at Mississippi State University and graduated from Ole Miss law school in A Mississippi native, Nancy Grisham Anderson completed her undergraduate degree (magna cum laude) at Millsaps College (Jackson, MS) and her graduate work in English at the University of Virginia.
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