Mrs. Conteh, 5th period
Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers and his popularity continues to increase. Through his famous works (such as The Notebook and A Walk to Remember), Sparks turned tragedy into triumph which made a lasting impression on his readers.
Nicholas Charles Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on December 31, 1965. He was the second of three children to be born into the Sparks family. His father, Patrick Sparks, was a college professor; his mother, Jill, was a stay-at-home mom. During his early childhood, the Sparks family moved around while Patrick was finishing up earning his degree. After living in Minnesota and Nebraska, the Sparks family finally found their permanent home in Fair Oaks, California. Sparks later graduated from high school there in 1984 as the valedictorian (biography.com). He then chose to attend the University of Notre Dame in Indiana where he was offered a full sports scholarship. Sparks did very well his first season, but later met with disaster when he tore his Achilles tendon and was forced to spend the summer recuperating. (biography.com).
While Sparks was resting from his injury, he acquired an interest in writing. That summer, he wrote his first novel, a book that was never published. In 1988, while on spring break, Sparks met the woman of his dreams, Catherine Cote. That May, he graduated with honors, and a year later, he married Catherine. The newlyweds moved to Sacramento, California, where Sparks continued to write. The couple was very poor and Sparks took on many jobs, such as waiting, real estate appraisal, and telemarketing. To make ends meet, he worked with a company that manufactures orthopedic goods. It was not a thriving business and he did not really care for it, but he worked hard to make it profitable for his family. Sparks continued to write...
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