Wednesday, September 08, 2010

John Grisham talks about how he became a novelist

I posted a story about John Grisham’s novels back in April 2009, but I thought I would mention his op-ed September 5 in the New York Times “Boxers, Briefs and Books”, about how he went from manual labor to becoming a lawyer to writing novels. He did not start out by wanting to become a writer, but became one anyway. He says that this is the most difficult job her ever had, and worth it. He’s also coming out with a collection “Don’t Quit Your Day Job: Acclaimed Authors and the Day Jobs They Quit”. The link for the op-ed is here.

1 comment:

Sonny said...

Good morning. John Grisham's piece in the New York Times is an abridgment of a longer essay appearing in a book called DON'T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB: ACCLAIMED AUTHORS AND THE DAY JOBS THEY QUIT. I'm the editor of the collection, and asked 23 writers to contribute true and original stories of the jobs they held before “clocking in at the culture factory,” as William Gay said. The list of authors in the collection are: Howard Bahr, Rick Bragg, Larry Brown, Pat Conroy, Connie May Fowler, Tom Franklin, Tim Gautreaux, William Gay, John Grisham, Winston Groom, Silas House, Suzanne Hudson, Joshilyn Jackson, Barb Johnson, Cassandra King, Janis Owens, Michelle Richmond, Clay Risen, George Singeleton, Matthew Teague, Daniel Wallace, Brad Watson, and Steve Yarbrough. Can you spot what they all have in common? Thanks for mentioning the piece.
Sonny Brewer, Editor
author of THE POET OF TOLSTOY PARK