John Grisham was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, the United States of America on February 8, 1955. He is the second born child of the five siblings in his family. His parents belonged to the Southern Baptist Church. Although they lacked formal education, his mother encouraged him to read and insisted that he prepare himself for college. John’s father, John Grisham Sr. worked as a construction worker and a cotton farmer; his mother, Wanda Skidmore Grisham was a homemaker. John’s childhood ambition was to be a baseball player.