Legal thriller author John Grisham turns 56 today. The Writer's Almanac has a fun bio of Grisham today, including these tidbits:
He settled on being "a high-powered tax lawyer," but then he got to law school and found that he was stunned by the "complexity and lunacy" of tax law. He barely passed that class.
Grisham got up at 5 in the morning to work on his first novel before going to his law office, and it took him three years to finish it. As soon as he sold the film rights to The Firm, he stopped practicing law, saying that quitting practice was "the happiest day of [his] life."