John Grisham Says Political Novel in His Future

SEPTEMBER 14, 2004 - Posted at 5:16 p.m. CDT

RICHMOND, VA - What John Grisham did for smalltown lawyers in his crime novels he's about to do for politicians.

The northeast Arkansas native and author of "The Firm," "A Time To Kill" and other best-selling legal thrillers said yesterday that he took copious notes during bull sessions with fellow lawmakers during his years in the Mississippi House of Representatives in the late 1980s.

Grisham told the Southern Governors' Association Convention that one day they'll appear in a beefy novel to be set in fictitious Ford County, Mississippi.

Grisham said he has a lot of notes and there will be many layers to the novel.  He said it will be a big, thick book and he's not in the mood to write a big thick book right now, so it will probably be another five years before he gets to it.

Grisham was born in Jonesboro, spent his early childhood years in the Black Oak area of eastern Craighead County, and now lives near Charlottesville, Virginia.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)