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Nicholas Sparks Biography & Facts

Nicholas Charles Sparks (born December 31, 1965) is an American romance novelist, screenwriter, and film producer. He has published twenty-three novels, all New York Times bestsellers, and two works of non-fiction, with over 115 million copies sold worldwide in more than 50 languages. Among his works are The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and Message in a Bottle which, along with eight other books, have been adapted as feature films.Sparks lives in North Carolina, where many of his novels are set. Early life and education Nicholas Sparks was born on December 31, 1965, in Omaha, Nebraska. His father, Patrick Michael Sparks, was a business professor and his mother Jill Emma Marie Sparks (née Thoene) was a homemaker and an optometrist's assistant. Sparks is of German, Czech, English, and Irish ancestry. He was the middle of three children, with an older brother, Michael Earl "Micah" Sparks (born 1964), and a younger sister, Danielle "Dana" Sparks Lewis (1966–2000), who died at the age of 33 from a brain tumor, an event that inspired his novel A Walk to Remember. As a child, Sparks lived in Watertown, Minnesota; Inglewood, California; Playa Del Rey, California; and Grand Island, Nebraska, before the family settled in Fair Oaks, California in 1974.In 1984, Sparks graduated valedictorian of Bella Vista High School. He began writing while attending the University of Notre Dame on a track and field scholarship, majoring in business finance and graduating magna cum laude. Sparks wrote his first, never published, novel, The Passing in 1985 and a second unpublished novel called The Royal Murders in 1989. He married Cathy Cote in 1989 and moved to New Bern, North Carolina. Literary career Sparks' first published book was Wokini: A Lakota Journey to Happiness and Self-Understanding, a nonfiction book co-written by Billy Mills about Lakota spiritual beliefs and practices, published by Feather Publishing. The book sold 50,000 copies in its first year after release.In 1995, literary agent Theresa Park secured a $1 million advance for The Notebook from Time Warner Book Group, the book that became Spark's breakthrough novel. Published in October 1996, the novel made The New York Times best-seller list in its first week of release and eventually spent fifty-six weeks there. In 1998, after the publication of The Notebook, Sparks wrote Message in a Bottle which, in 1999, became the first of his novels to be adapted for film in 1999. In total, eleven of his novels have been adapted as films: Message in a Bottle (1999), A Walk to Remember (2002), The Notebook (2004), Nights in Rodanthe (2008), Dear John (2010), The Last Song (2010), The Lucky One (2012), Safe Haven (2013), The Best of Me (2014), The Longest Ride (2015), and The Choice (2016). He has also sold the screenplay adaptations of True Believer and At First Sight. Including The Notebook, fifteen of Sparks's novels have been No. 1 New York Times Best Sellers, and all of his novels have been both New York Times and international bestsellers. Sparks has also often been listed on Forbes annual highest-paid authors lists.In September 2020, Sparks published his twenty-first novel The Return and followed that up with The Wish in 2021 and Dreamland in 2022, each of which were optioned as films. Personal life Sparks lives in New Bern, North Carolina. He has three sons and twin daughters. Sparks married Cathy Cote in 1989 whom he divorced in 2015. Philanthropy In 2008, Sparks donated nearly $900,000 for a new, all-weather tartan track to New Bern High School, where he has also volunteered to coach. The same year, he also donated "close to $10 million" to start a private school, The Epiphany School of Global Studies. Sparks has also funded scholarships, internships, and annual fellowships at the University of Notre Dame Creative Writing Program. In 2012, he founded The Nicholas Sparks Foundation, a nonprofit that funds global education experiences for students, which has donated more than $15 million to charities, scholarship programs, and other projects. Bibliography Novels Adaptations Eleven of Sparks's books have been turned into films, four of which he produced, including The Choice, The Longest Ride, The Best of Me, and Safe Haven. Seven other of his books have also adapted for film: The Lucky One, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, Nights in Rodanthe, Dear John, The Last Song, and The Notebook. Films based on his novels have grossed $889,615,166 worldwide, while the Rotten Tomatoes scores range from 11% for The Choice to 53% for The Notebook, the most critically acclaimed film based on his work.In April 2021, it was announced that a film adaptation of The Return was in development. Tom Dean joined the production as director, with the project developed by Bisous Pictures, and MRC Films, while MRC will serve as distributing company. Sparks will serve as a producer alongside Elizabeth Cantillon, and Theresa Park. In May of the same year, it was announced that three additional films based on novels by the author were in development for distribution by Universal Pictures. The company signed a first-look deal with Sparks, with intentions being that a long-term working relationship follow; the three movies will be joint-venture productions between Universal Pictures and Anonymous Content. The Wish will be the first book to be developed by the studio, followed by Dreamland, and an as-of-yet unspecified third adaptation. The Wish will see Sparks serve as producer, alongside Park, and Zack Hayden. Film TV References External links Official website Nicholas Sparks at IMDb. Discover the Nicholas Sparks popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Nicholas Sparks books.

Best Seller Nicholas Sparks Books of 2024

  • The Emerald Tide synopsis, comments

    The Emerald Tide

    Davis Bunn

    A breathtaking new novel about letting go, taking chances, and embracing the healing power of lovefrom the international bestselling author of Tranquility Falls.Just when he though...

  • Holly synopsis, comments

    Holly

    Jude Deveraux

    Jude Deveraux, the dazzling New York Times bestselling author of Wild Orchids and Forever and Always delivers a delightful and passionate yuletide tale sure to become a classic thi...

  • The First Wife synopsis, comments

    The First Wife

    Muna Shehadi

    At the heart of a great love lies a devastating secret . . . Fans of Lucinda Riley, Santa Montefiore and Louise Douglas will be gripped by Muna Shehadi's stunning new novel of twis...

  • The Letter synopsis, comments

    The Letter

    Kathryn Hughes

    The #1 EBook Bestseller. Every so often a love story comes along to remind us that sometimes, in our darkest hour, hope shines a candle to light our way. Discover THE LETTER by Kat...

  • 50 Feminist Classics in One Volume synopsis, comments

    50 Feminist Classics in One Volume

    Louisa May Alcott, Kate Chopin, Fanny Burney, Mary Wollstonecraft, Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Rebecca Harding Davis, Henry James, Leo Tolstoy, Thomas Hardy, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Henrik Ibsen, Grant Allen, Ethel Sybil Turner, Elizabeth Burgoyne Corbett, H.G. Wells, Gene Stratton-Porter, Willa Cather, Edith Wharton, Theodore Dreiser, Ada Cambridge, Mary Johnston, Marietta Holley, Elia Wilkinson Peattie, Virginia Woolf, Christopher Morley, Zona Gale, Elizabeth Von Arnim, Edna Ferber, Rebecca Deming Moore, D. H. Lawrence, Margaret Oliphant, Sinclair Lewis, Margaret Deland & Nikolaï Leskov

    Musaicum Books presents to you this meticulously edited collection of world's greatest classics with the most influential female protagonists in literature: Camilla (Fanny Burn...

  • Keep Me in Mind synopsis, comments

    Keep Me in Mind

    Jaime Reed

    A girl who doesn't remember. A boy who can't forget her. An incredible novel from a striking new talent.Ellia Dawson doesn't recognize the handsome boy who sits in tears by her hos...

  • Snowfall on Cedar Trail synopsis, comments

    Snowfall on Cedar Trail

    Annie Rains

    From a USA Today bestselling author comes a heartwarming holiday romance between the a smalltown florist and the handsome chief of police.Christmas is always bustling for Halona Lo...

  • ANGELS OR DEMONS - 50 Feminist Classics in One Volume synopsis, comments

    ANGELS OR DEMONS - 50 Feminist Classics in One Volume

    Louisa May Alcott, Kate Chopin, Fanny Burney, Mary Wollstonecraft, Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Rebecca Harding Davis, Henry James, Leo Tolstoy, Thomas Hardy, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Henrik Ibsen, Grant Allen, Ethel Sybil Turner, Elizabeth Burgoyne Corbett, H.G. Wells, Gene Stratton-Porter, Willa Cather, Edith Wharton, Theodore Dreiser, Ada Cambridge, Mary Johnston, Marietta Holley, Elia Wilkinson Peattie, Virginia Woolf, Christopher Morley, Zona Gale, Elizabeth Von Arnim, Edna Ferber, Rebecca Deming Moore, D. H. Lawrence, Margaret Oliphant, Sinclair Lewis, Margaret Deland & Nikolaï Leskov

    eartnow presents to you this meticulously edited collection of world's greatest classics with the most influential female protagonists in literature: Camilla (Fanny Burney) Mar...

  • Sorry Not Sorry synopsis, comments

    Sorry Not Sorry

    Jaime Reed

    A compelling #ownvoices story about friendship, rivalry, and sacrifice, original for our Point line.Janelle and Alyssa used to be friends.Best friends. They knew each other's deepe...

  • Save You synopsis, comments

    Save You

    Mona Kasten

    "Du hast mir das verdammte Herz rausgerissen. Und ich hasse dich dafür.Aber ich liebe dich auch, und das macht das Ganze so viel schwerer." Ruby ist am Boden zerstört. Noch nie hat...

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    Calling Major Tom

    David M Barnett

    'I loved everything about it.' Goodreads 'This book made me laugh, cry, giggle and gasp.' Goodreads'One of my favourite books of the year. Charming and very sweet.' Goodreads He...

  • The Keepsake synopsis, comments

    The Keepsake

    Julie Brooks

    A book of treasures. A wealth of secrets.The Keepsake is a thrilling dualtime novel, with a fascinating, complex woman at its heart, wealth of twists, turns and secrets, and an abs...

  • Before I Go synopsis, comments

    Before I Go

    Brian Charles

    In the spirit of The Notebook, Brian Charles’ Before I Go is at once a tender love story and a powerful, provocative exploration of life after loss, and the numinous links that tie...

  • Beautiful Messy Love synopsis, comments

    Beautiful Messy Love

    Tess Woods

    'Not since Melina Marchetta's Looking for Alibrandi has an Australian author presented the crosscultural challenges of new Australians quite so beautifully. Beautiful Messy Love is...

  • The Kathryn Hughes Collection synopsis, comments

    The Kathryn Hughes Collection

    Kathryn Hughes

    Available together for the first time in ebook, discover the heartrending novels from the No.1 bestselling author Kathryn Hughes. PREORDER THE MEMORY BOX, THE NEW NOVEL FROM KATHR...

  • The Memory Book synopsis, comments

    The Memory Book

    Lara Avery

    Perfect for fans of Everything, Everything and Five Feet Apart, a bittersweet story of love and loss, told one journal entry at a time. Sammie McCoy is a girl with a plan: graduat...

  • Christmas on Mistletoe Lane synopsis, comments

    Christmas on Mistletoe Lane

    Annie Rains

    This USA Today bestselling author invites you to the delightful small town of Sweetwater Springs where the magic of Christmas brings two strangers together in this "story you won't...

  • Save Me synopsis, comments

    Save Me

    Mona Kasten

    Sie kommen aus unterschiedlichen Welten. Und doch sind sie füreinander bestimmt. Geld, Glamour, Luxus, Macht all das könnte Ruby Bell nicht weniger interessieren. Seit sie ein Sti...

  • Watch Over Me synopsis, comments

    Watch Over Me

    Mila Gray

    “Steamy…Doesn’t let up.” Booklist “Intense…Unflinching.” Kirkus ReviewsFrom the author of Come Back to Me comes a striking novel about a young womandesperately trying to protect he...

  • Shell Beach synopsis, comments

    Shell Beach

    Davis Bunn

    Set in the breathtaking coastal California town of Miramar Bay, this uplifting new novel from internationally bestselling author Davis Bunn celebrates the challenges and triumphs o...

  • The Last Message synopsis, comments

    The Last Message

    Catherine Hope

    A message meant for another. A love meant only for her.'The Last Message is the perfect romantic pageturner. This powerful and emotional story of grief, healing, selfdiscovery and ...

  • Fall into Me synopsis, comments

    Fall into Me

    Mila Gray

    An unexpected and searing romance unfolds between a young recording artist and her exMarine bodyguard trying to outrun his difficult past in this wrenching novel from the author of...

  • Midnight Harbor synopsis, comments

    Midnight Harbor

    Davis Bunn

    Hearts, dreams. and creative spirits are stirred in this beautiful novel about fate and second chances, from the international bestselling author of the Californiaset Miramar Bay n...

  • The Affair synopsis, comments

    The Affair

    Santa Montefiore

    Previously published as The Perfect HappinessWonderfully wise Santa Montefiore will capture your heart with this "bittersweet and thoughtprovoking" novel about a modern wife who mu...

  • The Blessing synopsis, comments

    The Blessing

    Jude Deveraux

    The New York Times bestselling author of the Summerhouse series crafts an inspirational love story that has “plenty of romance, fun, and adventure” (San Antonio ExpressNews) follow...

  • The One That Got Away synopsis, comments

    The One That Got Away

    Leigh Himes

    In this irresistible debut novel, a freak accident allows a wife and mother to explore the alluring road not taken. Meet Abbey Lahey . . . Overworked mom. Underappreciated publici...

  • Run Away with Me synopsis, comments

    Run Away with Me

    Mila Gray

    Two friends fall into a passionate romance, but first they must confront a painful past, or else lose out on the one thing they’ve been searching for in this heartrending novel fro...

  • The Summer Sister synopsis, comments

    The Summer Sister

    Muna Shehadi

    'A wonderful read with evocative descriptions and enough family secrets to create a gripping journey of discovery' Woman'One of those books that makes you cancel everything so you ...

  • Save Us synopsis, comments

    Save Us

    Mona Kasten

    Können sie sich retten? Oder werden sie sich gegenseitig zerstören? Ruby steht unter Schock: Sie wurde vom MaxtonHallCollege suspendiert. Und das Schlimmste: Alles deutet darauf hi...

  • The Spring Sister synopsis, comments

    The Spring Sister

    Muna Shehadi

    'The author's writing style is similar to that of Santa Montefiore whom I love, so this book really pulled me in' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ reader reviewWhat happens when you discover that your gl...

  • Five Steps to Happy synopsis, comments

    Five Steps to Happy

    Ella Dove

    AS SEEN ON ITV'S LORRAINE'An uplit treasure' Red magazineWhen struggling actress Heidi has a lifechanging accident aged 32, her world falls apart. Stuck in hospital and unable to w...

  • The Five People You Meet in Hell synopsis, comments

    The Five People You Meet in Hell

    Rich Pablum

    Heaven can wait. In the meantime...why not go to Hell? Every once in a while a little book comes along that sheds light on our desire for intimacy, our determination to grow spir...

  • The Bridge synopsis, comments

    The Bridge

    Karen Kingsbury

    Fromt the New York Times bestselling author of Someone Like You, Karen Kingsbury's heartwarming story about two couples, love lost and found, and the miracle that saved a bookstore...

  • Dreamland synopsis, comments

    Dreamland

    Nicholas Sparks

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  A twist you won’t see coming. A love story you’ll never forget. From the acclaimed author of The Notebook comes a powerful novel&#...

  • The Offering synopsis, comments

    The Offering

    Kimberly Derting

    True loveand world waris at stake in the conclusion to The Pledge trilogy, a dark and romantic blend of dystopia and fantasy.Charlie, otherwise known as Queen Charlaina of Ludania,...

  • David Copperfield synopsis, comments

    David Copperfield

    Charles Dickens

    Now a major film directed by Armando Iannucci, starring Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi and Ben Whishaw'The greatest achievement of the greatest of all novelis...

  • Come Back to Me synopsis, comments

    Come Back to Me

    Mila Gray

    In this heartwrenching tale of love and loss, a young Marine and his best friend’s sister plunge into a forbidden love affair while he’s home on leave.When a Marine Chaplain knocks...

  • The Secret synopsis, comments

    The Secret

    Kathryn Hughes

    THE MEMORY BOX, THE BRAND NEW NOVEL FROM KATHRYN HUGHES, IS AVAILABLE NOW 'Riveting' Lesley Pearse on The Letter. 'Gripping' Good Housekeeping on The Secret. From the #1 bestselli...

  • Stay with Me synopsis, comments

    Stay with Me

    Mila Gray

    From the author of Come Back to Me comes a heartwrenching novel about a forbidden romance, a wounded marine, and the girl who’s determined to save him.Didi Monroe has waited her wh...

  • The Winter Sister synopsis, comments

    The Winter Sister

    Muna Shehadi

    'The story telling in this book is right up there with Nora Roberts, who is an expert at drawing you into a story' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ reader review'To say I loved reading this book would be...

  • Barnaby Rudge synopsis, comments

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens & John Bowen

    'One of Dickens's most neglected, but most rewarding, novels' Peter AckroydSet against the backdrop of the Gordon Riots of 1780, Barnaby Rudge is a story of mystery and suspense wh...