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Who is Nicholas Sparks?

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Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Sparks is indeed an author, screenwriter, and philanthropist from the United States. He has written twenty-two novels as well as two non-fiction works, all of which have become New York Times bestsellers, selling over 115 million copies in much more nearly 50 languages.

The Choice, The Longest Ride, The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, Nights in Rodanthe, Dear John, The Last Song, and The Notebook are among the eleven of his novels which have been turned to cinema.

Sparks currently resides in North Carolina, wherein he supports a number of local and national causes. In 2011, he founded the Nicholas Sparks Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to increasing cultural as well as an international understanding for children of all ages via global education programmes.

Nicholas Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on December 31, 1965, to Patrick Michael Sparks, a future business professor, as well as Jill Emma Marie Sparks, a housewife as well as an optometrist’s assistant. Nicholas was indeed the youngest of three siblings, with such an elder brother, Michael Earl “Micah” Sparks (born 1964), as well as a younger sister, Danielle “Dana” Sparks Lewis (1966–2000), who died of a brain tumour there at age of 33. Sparks has stated that she has been the model for Jamie Sullivan, the protagonist of his novel A Walk to Remember. Sparks seems to be of German, Czech, English, and Irish origin and was reared as a Roman Catholic. He as well as his ex-wife are devout Catholics who are instilling their faith in their children.

One of the reasons for his family’s repeated movements was his father’s graduate studies at the University of Minnesota and the University of Southern California. Sparks had spent a year living in Watertown, Minnesota, Inglewood, California, Playa Del Rey, California, and his mother’s homeland of Grand Island, Nebraska by the time he was eight years old. His father had become a management professor at California State University, Sacramento, by 1974, as well as the family had relocated to Fair Oaks, California.

Sparks’ family stayed at Bella Vista throughout his high school years, and he graduated as valedictorian of Bella Vista High School in 1984, wherein he learned to slam dunk. Sparks was selected as well as enrolled at the University of Notre Dame after already being awarded a full former Olympic scholarship. He majored in business finance.

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