AUTHOR OF THE MONTH: NICHOLAS SPARKS

NICHOLAS SPARKS

by: Mrs. Conchita Teresa M. Olivares

Nicholas Charles Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on December 31, 1965. He lived in Fair Oaks through high school, graduated valedictorian in 1984, and received a full track scholarship to the University of Notre Dame. He wrote his first book in 1985 but was never published.  He majored in Business Finance and graduated with high honors in 1988.

He and his wife Catherine married in July 1989 and lives in Sacramento. He wrote his second novel that same year, though again, it wasn’t published. In 1990, he collaborated on a book with Billy Mills, the Olympic Gold Medalist, and it was published by Feather Publishing before later being picked up by Random House.

Here is a list of bestselling books he has written: 

1994 – The Notebook
      1998 – Message in a Bottle
      1999 – A Walk to Remember
      2000 – The Rescue
      2001 – A Bend in the Road
      2002 – Nights in Rodanthe
      2003 – The Guardian
      2003 – The Wedding
      2004 -Three Weeks With My Brother:
                  a non -fictionmemoir
      2005 – True Believer
      2005 – At First Sight
            (a sequel toTrue Believer)
      2006 – Dear John
      2007 – The Choice
      2008 – The Lucky One
      2009 – The Last Song
      2010- Safe Haven
      2011 – The Best of Me

            All were domestic and international best sellers, with almost $80 million in worldwide sales, and were translated into more than 45 languages.

The film version of Message in a Bottle, starring Kevin Costner and Robin Wright, was released in 1999, A Walk to Remember, starring Mandy Moore, was released in January 2002, and The Notebook, starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, was released in June, 2004. Nights in Rodanthe, starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane, was released in September 2008. Dear John, starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, and The Last Song, starring Miley Cyrus and Greg Kinnear, were released in 2010 to great box office success. The Lucky One, starring Zac Efron, will be released on April 20, 2012.

Someone who reads his books will realize that his novels  are full of life’s lessons. And in between the lines, you find quotes that touch your soul.

“Life, he realize, was much like a song. In the beginning there is mystery, in the end there is confirmation, but it’s in the middle where all the emotion resides to make the whole thing worthwhile.”

 Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song

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