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American romance novelist, screenwriter and producer. He has published nineteen novels and two non-fiction books. Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska and wrote his first novel, The Passing, in 1985, while a student at the University of Notre Dame. His father pursued graduate studies at University of Minnesota and University of Southern California, one reason for his family’s frequent moves.
The family remained there through Sparks’ high school days, and in 1984, he graduated as the valedictorian of Bella Vista High School. Your problem is that you’re bored. You need to find something to do” Then she looked at me and said the words that would eventually change my life: “Write a book. Until that moment, I had never considered writing. Granted, I read all the time, but actually sitting down and coming up with a story on my own? I was nineteen years old and had become an accidental author. He wrote another novel in 1989, also unpublished called The Royal Murders.
After college, Sparks sought both work with publishers, and applied to law school, but was rejected in both attempts. He then spent the next three years trying other careers, including real estate appraisal, waiting tables, selling dental products by phone and starting his own manufacturing business. In 1990, Sparks co-wrote a book with Billy Mills entitled Wokini: A Lakota Journey to Happiness and Self-Understanding, a nonfiction book about a three-week trip Sparks and his brother took around the around the world, as well as their personal growth experiences during that time, and the influence of Lakota spiritual beliefs and practices. In 1992, Sparks began selling pharmaceuticals, and in 1993 was transferred to Washington, D. It was there that he wrote another novel in his spare time, The Notebook. With the success of his first novel, he moved to New Bern, North Carolina. Sparks and his then-wife Cathy lived together in New Bern, North Carolina with their three sons, Miles, Ryan, and Landon, and twin daughters, Lexie and Savannah, until 2014.