From The Telegraph:
Every morning at seven John Grisham sits down at the computer in his farmhouse in rural Virginia with a strong cup of coffee. It’s the same computer he’s used to bash out 25 bestsellers, and the same brand of organic coffee he’s drunk for the past 20 years.
“I’ll have two cups and then switch to decaf,” he says in his deep southern drawl. “My office is dark, warm and cosy with no phones and no internet because I’m terrified my stuff will be hacked into. I’ll get five or six pages done before lunch, then at around 12.30pm I’ll drive into town for lunch. If you get into a rhythm of doing that every day, with a few days off here and there, those pages pile up and you can get one book done a year.”
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Every legal thriller he’s written since 1992, when The Pelican Brief was published, has debuted at number one in the bestsellers’ list, and eight of those books have become Hollywood films.
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Grisham has no literary pretensions, he assures me. “I’m not trying to write great literature. I’ll leave that to someone else, and I’m glad they do it because I like to read great literature. But I do what I do. It’s enough for me that when I write something like The Racketeer, about five million people all over the world will read it. When I see someone in an airport lounge or on the beach reading one of my books, it still makes me smile, 30 books on.”
As for the bad reviews, he stopped reading those more than a decade ago.
“I could read two or three good ones and then one bad one would make me want to go and shoot people, so I decided it was best to ignore them.”
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“I once wrote a sex scene and gave it to [my wife] to read,” he confesses. “I thought it was a really steamy, raunchy scene but when I sneaked into the room to try to gauge her reaction she was screaming with laughter. I mean hysterical laughter. ‘You can’t write sex scenes’, she said to me. ‘What do you know about sex?’ So people shouldn’t expect any erotic fiction from me.”
Link to the rest at The Telegraph and thanks to John for the tip.