Open Letter to John Grisham - Bestselling Author

Dear John Grisham;

There's a good possibility I might be your biggest fan. My fascination with your novels began when I randomly read The Client, okay devoured is more sufficient. Once I completed reading that masterpiece I was hooked.

Savoring all of your works of art was pure pleasure. I learned more about the legal system then I ever thought I would learn, or even cared to learn.

Your childhood dream was to be a pro baseball player, but that didn't work out for you. A legal lawyer you became.

We know by now that everything happens for a reason. From listening to the heartbreaking testimony of a 12 year old rape victim you became a bestselling author. A Time To Kill was born after three years of your dedication. Kudos to you for being determined and dedicated to your new-found craft.

Your first novel was turned down by publishers a few times, that must have been frustrating. That didn't stop you from beginning work on your second novel The Firm. Wynwood Books finally agreed to publish A Time To Kill and the rest is history.

Even though you didn't become a pro baseball player that didn't stop you from being a Little League Commissioner. You go above and beyond to support the young children who also dream of playing in the big leagues. Is must be amazing for them being able to play baseball on one of the six ball-fields you have supplied on your property.

You have impressed your fans with many accomplishments such as serving on the House Of Representatives from 1983-1990.

John Grisham  Feb. 8, 1955
John Grisham Feb. 8, 1955

Mr. Grisham;

While reading your novels I always thought it would be exciting to pick your brain (not in a Hannibal Lecter kind of way). I find your thoughts or way of thinking very intriguing and I thought when I grow up I'd like to be like you.

So if you are ever interested in conducting an interview with a rookie writer please let me know. I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you for giving your fans what they need even when they don't know they need it. Your success as an established bestselling author of 27 novels is a gift not only to you, but to your many admirers. Your gift has given others the opportunity to relax and read. To enjoy and entertain. To relish and reflect. To listen and learn.

How many established authors are able to say that their creations sold over 250 million copies worldwide! That their works of art were translated into 29 languages! You, sir, can say that! I have to be honest and mention that I haven't made time to read your novels from 2011 since I've been a bit busy trying to be just like you.

I've learned many legal lingo's that I didn't know before. Such as I thought a tort was a snack. A brief were men's underwear, that's ironic since one of your first jobs was working in the men's underwear department which you detested until you received a raise and a transfer to the toy department. A client was someone who hired a call girl! I always thought of the defense as a football term!

All kidding aside I also learned that sometimes it's beneficial to find a way to get out of jury duty! That a visit to a cyber cafe in Bolonga, Italy sounds like a nice place to sip a latte. That skipping Christmas would be different and might be fun! I also learned how to make a delicious pot roast!

I'm looking forward to the new TV series "The Firm" based on your novel! 22 episodes have been ordered! How exciting is that? Do you pinch yourself sometimes and ask yourself if this is really your reality? A lawyer in the courtroom one day and now a world famous fiction author! I tip my hat to you Mr. Grisham (well, I don't actually wear hats, but if I did I would tip it)!

Your wife and two children must be extremely proud of your accomplishments. You have left an everlasting impression with me in many aspects of your storytelling.

I wish for you many more years of being the amazing, wonderful writer that you are. Keep on writing and we'll keep on reading!

Thank you for your time. -Sunshine

Meet John Grisham...

Bestselling books by John Grisham

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 King Of Torts
2003 - The Bleachers
2004 - The Last Juror
2005 - The Broker
2006 - The Innocent Man
2007 - Playing For Pizza
2008 - The Appeal
2009 - The Associate
2009 - Ford County
2010 - Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer
2010 - The Confession
2011 - Theodore Boone: The Abduction
2011 - The Litigators
2012- Calico Joe (April)
2012 - Theodore Boone 3 (May)
2012 - The Racketeer

Movies based on John Grisham novels...

The Chamber
The Client
A Painted House
The Pelican Brief
Skipping Christmas
The Rainmaker
The Runaway Jury
A Time To Kill

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© 2012 Linda Bilyeu

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

It should not be difficult in the least for you to know that John is on my list of Top Three favorite authors. Funny, "authors" is one of the few things we haven't discussed, GF...I've read every single JG book and loved each one, as well. He's simply fabulous. I do thank you for the tidbits of personal info about him, which I was not aware of. another great hub, Miss Sunshine!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Hi Sunshine, Great hub. I love John Grisham and have read most of his novels. The only one I wasn't keen on was the non-fiction one about the baseball player convicted of murder (I forget the name of it). My favourite of his law novels is The Testament, closely followed by The Partner. Voted up, etc,etc


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

John Grisham was our commencement speaker at UNC back in 2010.And his wife also happened to be graduating as well. I said I was going to read one of his novels and never did. I'm going to try now since I have the time to. Interesting hub, he's very accomplished.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Paula! I had no idea you were also a fan of John Grisham's! I enjoy learning new interesting things about you each day! Looking forward to learning more:)

Jools, You might be talking about The Innocent Man. It was a good book but not one of his best.

Alecia, Keep us posted on what you think of John. I suggest started at a Time To Kill and moving on from there. Goodwill has tons of Grisham paperbacks for only $1.00! Wow, I hope I didn't just blow my chance with an interview by revealing that tidbit of news! He's rich enough, so he'll understand.

Reminder: The Firm TV Series starts tonight 01/08/12!!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

Thanks for the tip Sunshine! I'll keep you posted


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

well, GF....at my ripe old age....you'll be learning "new" things about me F O R E V E R...look at all the years there is to cover. But, if I skip over the uninteresting, unexciting things, it should only take a few minutes!! lmao


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roc6 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

I have read most of his books, he is one of my favorite writers.


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Mark Sparks 4 years ago from Charlottesville, Virginia

Thank you for writing this, Sunshine! I'm also a huge fan of Grisham, and lucky for me, I live in Charlottesville just like he does. He's defintely a hero


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Stokermm 4 years ago from Gainesville, FL

I know how much you love John Grisham! I learned a lot about him in this hub. What an accomplished man!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Thanks for this well-written inside look at Grisham, Linda. He is one of my favorite authors and I'm looking forward to that TV show, The Firm, also. Will have to catch up since I missed the first episode.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Man - Sunshine - I love John Grisham! He is an awesome arise and my favs were A Time To Kill and then The Client! Oh I loved the movie as well:). This is a fabulous choice - he is amazing. He really does a great job of sucking you in and making it real!

Up and awesome! And everything else:)


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geegee77 4 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

Wow I must say I haven't read but one of his books and that one is A time to kill. Loved it and loved the movie too, but I've seen a few of the movies based on his books. I just love your hubs because you give so much information on the people you write about and we learn so much from you. Thanks for being a great teacher and pimp at the same time lol. Can't wait for the hub you write about geegee77 and the 77 reasons why we love her, (jk) seriously, loved it :) ge


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Now that is an impressive list of books that he has written. Seems that The Firm television series is giving so new attention. An interesting and informative hub...voted up and awesome.


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santos88 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

Love John Grisham!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

love this, sunshine., I've always enjoyed Grisham's work. The Firm is my fave, and made the best film version


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

Great hub! As someone who has read every one of his books (besides the kids series, I enjoyed this!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi weestro, I'm glad to hear I met another John Grisham fan! I have each of his books in first edition copies besides the kids series. Awesome author!:)


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

A favorite of mine as well! I loved to read about John Grisham here. Thanks!


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Jason Marovich 4 years ago from United States

Torts are lawyer snacks! Mr. Grisham is my favorite modern author, because his story telling style is so uniquely magnificent. His writing appeals to such a wide audience because it's easy to read and easy to understand. Even when he falls into legalese, the non-lawyer can understand what he's saying. Great hub about a great writer.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

Grisham is a master at weaving a plot. Great hub!


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England

An interesting concept. I wonder if he'll ever get to read it? Well written fan letter Sunshine, liked the video too.

Hmmm I'd need a seance to contact my favourite authors. :)

Voted Up and Interesting.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Steve, A seance! That would be fun. So far, so good with my authors they are all still alive and writing!:)


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

He is my favorite author too. Great hub.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India

Novels of John Grisham are very popular in India. His original books are available in book stores and pirated cheap books at street book sellers.

I have yet not read any of his books, but surely I would kike to read some of the books you have mentioned here. Thank you for sharing information on this great author and his books.


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ignugent17 4 years ago

My cousin reads almost all his books.


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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi sunshine,

What a great and interesting hub on one of my favorite authors!! My mum had been a big fan and I got into his books through her originally. Lovely info on his life slotted in here, great job! voted up and interesting!


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

I am truly humbled after reading this an realizing there was so much I did not know about one of my all time favorite authors. House of Representatives! His dream of the big leagues and donating so much for baseball. The list just keeps going.

Great write


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

I'm happy to hear from other John Grisham fans! Thank you for sharing!


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

ROFLMAO!!! OMG! Your comment 2 years ago in response to me is like a damned PROPHECY!

"Getting to learn more about each other is a HUGE understatement!!!" LOL!!


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

What a great way to honor a author. I've read a few of his books. The client I can still remember. Thank you for sharing your lovely tribute to John Grisham.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Effer...And we continue to learn more every day! :)


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you Nadine. John Grisham's books just continue to get better.


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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

Nice letter to the writing master, John Grisham. Very interesting information about him, too:)


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

OMG.....2 long years ago...you commented on "learning more about me every day".....Now, I'm pretty sure we could write each other's Bios....knowing exactly what parts to OMIT! LMAO.....I doubt either of us has bail money......Hugs, Effer


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

LOL, Effer! We are close to bio's, but not quite there yet...I'm betting there are still a few stones we haven't turned yet. OK, maybe a few pebbles. :)


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

YIKES!!! There could very well be some freakin BOULDERS! We may need to invest in helmets!......YO! SFAM....LOOK out! Duck! Here comes a doozy!....................ROFLMAO!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Bring it. I can handle it. I think :)


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

I do love John....Has he written anything lately? I've not heard he has.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

Yes, I'm another JG fan. Anyone who's read even one of his books has to be hooked. Great letter Linda written with the humor only you can display, probably one of the reasons we always look forward to your hubs...lists, letters, whatever!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

Hi Linda,

I love his books and I especially enjoyed reading them to relax after a hard day at work. I read the Client twice and it gets better every time.

Now, I read for pure enjoyment as I love fiction and non-fiction so I am looking forward to his new book.

I thank you for writing about him.

Bobbi Purvis

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