Nicholas Sparks Facts

Nicholas Sparks Facts
Nicholas Sparks is an American romance-drama novelist and screenwriter, who became famous after his novel The Notebook hit the bookshelves. He was born Nicholas Charles Sparks on December 31st, 1965 in Omaha, Nebraska to Patrick Sparks, a business professor, and Jill Sparks, an optometrists' assistant. Nicholas has an older brother and a younger sister who died when she was 33 from a brain tumor. Nicholas Sparks graduated from high school as the valedictorian in 1984 and attended the University of Notre Dame with a full track scholarship. After graduation Nicholas tried a variety of careers, including pharmaceutical sales before The Notebook was published in 1996, earning him a $1 million movie rights advance and book deal.
Interesting Nicholas Sparks Facts:
Nicholas Sparks' inspiration for the main character in A Walk to Remember was his younger sister Danielle who died from a brain tumor.
The Notebook was not Nicholas Sparks' first published book. In 1990 he co-wrote Wokini: A Lakota Journey to Happiness and Self-Understanding, with Billy Mills. It was published by Feather Publishing, Hay House and Random House, selling 50,000 copies in its first year.
Nicholas Sparks' first completed novel was The Passing, which he finished in 1985 but it has not been published. He also wrote a novel The Royal Murders, in 1989, which is not published.
Nicholas Sparks' mother was killed in a horseback riding accident in 1989, only six weeks after Nicholas married his wife Catherine Cole.
While trying to write and sell his first novel Nicholas Sparks worked a variety of careers including real estate appraisal, food services, dental supply sales, and home restoration.
The Notebook became a bestseller in its first week of being released.
A month before going on tour to promote The Notebook, Nicholas Sparks father died in a car accident.
Nicholas Sparks' published novels also include Message in a Bottle (1996), A Walk to Remember (1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001), Nights in Rodanthe (2002), The Guardian (2003), The Wedding (2003), Three Weeks with My Brother (2004), True Believer (2005), At First Sight (2005), Dear John (2006), The Choice (2007), The Lucky One (2008), The Last Song (2009), Safe Haven (2010), The Best of Me (2011), and The Longest Ride (2013).
Nine of Nicholas Sparks' have been made into Hollywood movies and two more are currently in development (2015).
Nicholas Sparks is working on a TV show called The Watchers, which will be an ABC supernatural drama.
Nicholas Sparks is said to have a two-lane bowling alley in his home.
Nicholas Sparks and his wife Cathy have donated large sums of money to charitable causes including The Epiphany School of Global Studies, and the Creative Writing Program at Notre Dame through internships and scholarships.
Nicholas Sparks donated $900,000 to the New Bern High School for an all-weather tartan track. He also volunteers to help coach.
Nicholas Sparks and his wife Cathy married in 1989 and had three sons Miles, Ryan, and Landon, and twin daughters Savannah and Lexie, during their marriage. They separated in 2015.
Nicholas Sparks is estimated to have a net worth of $30 million.

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