The News Star
February 3, 2012
by Sarah Eddington
Renowned author Nicholas Sparks spent Thursday in Monroe sharing his insights into writing and the inspirations behind his best-selling novels.
Sparks, author of 17 novels, seven of which have been adapted as films, gave a lecture at the Monroe Civic Center as part of the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Lyceum Series.
Sparks said he first dabbled in writing when he was 19 years old, but it wasn’t until a few years later that he would really pursue writing as a career.
It was 1994, the same year the show “Cheers” ended, that Sparks had his “epiphany.”
Before that, he had worked a series of odd jobs before settling into a position as a pharmaceutical representative.
Sparks said his revelation came the same night “Cheers” aired its final episode. He said the show, which had a 12-and-a-half-year run, held a symbolic meaning for him.
“I realized that so much had changed in my life during that time, and somewhere along the way I lost the chance to chase a dream,” he said. “I told myself I didn’t want to let another 12-year period of my life go by without taking that chance.