Biography of Nicholas Sparks

Author Pens Clean and Sentimental Novels

Nicholas Sparks
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Nicholas Sparks (born December 31, 1965) is a bestselling author, screenwriter, and producer. His fans have come to love his clean and sentimental romance novels and films such as, "The Notebook." The stories often have Christian themes and sad twists, and he has had five New York Times bestsellers.

Early Life

Nicholas Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska. His family moved around a lot while his father pursued graduate degrees.

Sparks lived in Minnesota, Nebraska, and California. He has a sister, who died in 2000, and a brother. He was raised Roman Catholic and continues to practice that faith. Sparks excelled at running and went to the University of Notre Dame on a track and field scholarship. He was a business major, and after an Achilles tendon injury, he spent the summer writing an unpublished novel.

Family and Personal Life

Sparks met his wife, Cathy, in 1988 and they married in 1989 and moved to Sacramento, California. They have five children: three boys and twin girls. They were living in New Bern, North Carolina. The couple separated in 2015.


Sparks wrote two novels that were never published. He worked in the orthopedic goods industry to make a living. His first published work was, "Wokini: A Lakota Journey to Happiness and Self-Understanding," written with Olympic medalist Billy Mills.

Sparks' third novel, "The Notebook," was picked up by a literary agent and published in 1996.It enjoyed tremendous success and garnered a million dollar movie rights contract.

But he didn't quit his day job just yet, he continued to sell pharmaceuticals and was transferred to Greenville, South Carolina. There, he wrote, "Message in a Bottle," for which he sold the movie rights before it was published.

Sparks continued to publish book after book, and he remains active as a writer.

His novels often debut as bestsellers. They are noted for being stories with traditional values and lack of profanity, even as they are romances, and the characters face personal crises, often without a happy ending. See a list of Nicholas Sparks books.

Nicholas Sparks Movies

Most of Nicholas Sparks' books have been made into movies or have been optioned to be made into movies. The first one released was, "Message in a Bottle," in 1999, which earned the number one box office slot. "The Notebook," in 2004 is well-remembered by Ryan Gosling fans. He has served as producer on several, including, "Safe Haven," "Deliverance Creek," "The Best of Me," "The Longest Ride," and "The Choice."

Nicholas Sparks Trivia

  • Nicholas Sparks donated a track to New Bern High School, where he was a volunteer coach.
  • He supports the Notre Dame Creative Writing Program with an annual scholarship, internships, and a fellowship.
  • He has donated millions of dollars to build Christian International School.
  • Sparks is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do
  • Was named, "Sexiest Author," by People Magazine.
  • His family has seen several tragedies. His mother died following a horseback riding accident, and his father died in an automobile accident. His sister died young of cancer.