No, his work is not literature or classics – it’s modern romance, and many times a bit of a tragedy. That doesn’t mean they’re not good or that they’re not pertinent – he has won New York Times Bestsellers for all of his works. He is the man that wrote the books that got converted into movies and made us tear up – movies and books like The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, The Wedding, etc… The man has the heart and tongue to deliver the kind of dreamy romance that all of the little girls have dreamed of since they were little – of course, without the majority-of-the-time death.
Most of his works circle around North Carolina, which is where he lives with his wife and five children; three sons and two daughters.
This information comes directly from his website, as quoted below:
He 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, where he provides scholarships, internships, and a fellowship annually. Along with his wife, he founded The Epiphany School in New Bern, North Carolina.
In 2011, Nicholas and his wife launched the Nicholas Sparks Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to improving cultural and international understanding through global education experiences for students of all ages. Between the foundation, and the personal gifts of Nicholas and Catherine Sparks, more than $10 million dollars have been distributed to deserving charities, scholarship programs, and projects. Because Nicholas and Catherine Sparks cover all operational expenses of the foundation, 100% of donations are devoted to programs.
On April 19-22, 2012, he launched the inaugural Nicholas Sparks Celebrity Family Weekend and Golf Tournament in New Bern, North Carolina, a weekend devoted to raising awareness and funds for the Foundation. Sparks and his family hosted stars from the worlds of sports, music, movies and television, along with fans, for a full calendar of events, raising over $500,000.
Not bad, Nicholas Sparks! It seems like this guy just gets better and better as you know more about him. He even goes as far as to give tips to others on how to become established writers.
So far, the man’s got fourteen books out – and it seems like he writes a new one every year or two, which is astounding – considering the praise his novels receive. He also writes the screenplays for the movies that are released, which I actually had not known previously! He says that writing screenplays is much easier than writing novels, because of the show and tell difference.
Nicholas Sparks’ books can be search for via textbooks.org. They can also be found at bookstores and even grocery stores. I only own about five of his fourteen novels, but they are all wonderful in their own respective manner.