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Nicholas Sparks

A best-selling author of love stories

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  • Jun 19, 2010
I haven't really enjoyed any of the novels he's written. I tried really hard to like them, being a fan of romance, but I just couldn't do it.
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review by . September 30, 2009
Nicholas Sparks is a fascinating author to just about everyone.  Including myself.  Sure, he writes love stories.  Some of them a little sappier than not.  In fact, for some people Sparks can get a little too sappy and lubby dubby.  On the other hand, while Sparks can be sappy he also demonstrates more than a lot of authors out there that he understands what it is he’s doing and how he does it. There’s not much to Sparks’s story.  He was born in Omaha, …
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   I love books. I love reading them, reading about them, and even writing them (though I'm not so very good at that one). I love all sorts of books, but my favorites are romance, erotic … more
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Nicholas Sparks was born on New Year's Eve, 1965, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Patrick Michael Sparks, a professor, and Jill Emma Marie (née Thoene) Sparks, a homemaker and optometrist's assistant. He was the middle of three children, with an older brother Michael Earl "Micah" Sparks (1964-) and a younger sister, Danielle "Dana" Sparks (1966-2000), who died at the age of 34. Sparks has said that she is the inspiration for the main character in his novel A Walk to Remember.

Sparks was raised as a Roman Catholic and is of German, Czech, English and Irish ancestry.

His father was pursuing graduate studies, and the family moved a great deal, so by the time Sparks was 8, he had lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska. In 1974 his family settled in Fair Oaks, California and remained there through Nicholas's high school days. He graduated in 1984 as valedictorian from Bella Vista High School, then enrolling at the University of Notre Dame, having received a full track and field scholarship. In his freshman year, his team set a record for the 4 x 800 relay.Sparks majored in business finance and graduated with honors in 1988. He also met his future wife that year, Cathy Cote from New Hampshire, while they were both on spring break. They married in July 1989 and moved to Sacramento, California.

As of 2009, Nicholas and his wife reside in New Bern with their five children: Sons Miles Andrew, Ryan Cote, and Landon; and twin daughters, Lexie ...

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Birth Date: December 31, 1965
Birth Place: Omaha, Nebraska
Gender: Male

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