About Nicholas Sparks
In 1994, rejected by both publishers and law schools, Nicholas Sparks was a job-jumping salesman who wrote in the evenings. Then, against all odds, his manuscript was discovered in the slush pile. In October 1996, Warner Books published The Notebook, for which they famously paid its unknown author a million dollar advance. The rest, as they say, is history. Now, with over 105 million copies of his books sold worldwide, literary sensation Nicholas Sparks is the author of 19 New York Times #1 bestselling books and is a cultural phenomenon in his own right.
Before he was a world-famous novelist, Nicholas Sparks worked a variety of jobs, including real estate appraisal, waiting tables, selling dental products by phone, and starting his own small manufacturing business, which struggled from the beginning.
In 1994, at the age of 28, he wrote The Notebook over a period of six months, and in October 1995, Warner Books bought the rights. He went on to write and publish a novel every year, including Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), Nights in Rodanthe (2002), Dear John (2006), The Last Song (2009), and The Best of Me (2011), to name a few—all with Warner Books/Grand Central Publishing. All of his books were domestic and international bestsellers and have been translated into more than fifty different languages.
Sparks’ twentieth novel Every Breath is the story of a chance encounter that becomes a touchstone for two vastly different individuals—transcending decades, continents, and the bittersweet workings of fate. Illuminating life‘s heartbreaking regrets and enduring hope, Every Breath explores the many facets of love that lay claim to our deepest loyalties and asks the question “How long can a dream survive?” It was released in October 2018.
Coupled with the undeniable success of his novels, the movies adaptations of Sparks’ books have become the most iconic romantic feature films for a whole new generation. Beginning with Message in a Bottle in 1999, Sparks’ novels continued to grace the silver screen with adaptations of A Walk to Remember (2002), The Notebook (2004), and Nights in Rodanthe (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. Sparks continued to dominate the box office with the release of The Lucky One in 2012, Safe Haven in 2013, The Best of Me in 2014, The Longest Ride in 2015, and The Choice in 2016.
Nicholas Sparks contributes to a variety of local and national charities, and is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Program (MFA) at the University of Notre Dame. He is a co-founder of The Epiphany School in New Bern, North Carolina, and he spent five years coaching track and field athletes at the local public high school.
Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Sparks graduated valedictorian of his California high school in 1984, and received a full track scholarship to the University of Notre Dame. His freshman year, he broke the Notre Dame school record as part of a relay team in 1985, but he was injured soon after. During his recovery, he wrote his first novel, though it was never published. He majored in Business Finance and graduated with high honors in 1988.
Nicholas lives in North Carolina with his family.