The Notebook

Nicholas Sparks

    Nicholas Charles Sparks was born December 31, 1965 in Nebraska. His mother (Jill Emma Marie Sparks) and  his father (Patrick Michael Sparks) had two other children Michael Sparks Nicholas's older brother, and Danielle Sparks Nicholas's younger sister who died in 2000 at the age of 44. He lived in Fair Oaks, California through high school where he graduated valedictorian in 1984. He recieved a full scholorship to run track at Notre Dame, where he was a part of a relay team which set a record at Notre Dame that still stands today.
    He married his wife Catherine in 1989. After his marraige he worked a variety of jobs such as real estate, waiting tabels, selling dental products by phone, and he even attempted to start his own manufacturing bussiness. "In 1990, he collaborated on a book with Billy Mills, the Olympic Gold Medallist, and it was published by Feather Publishing before later being picked up by Random House.  (It was later re-issued by Hay House Books.)  Though it received scant publicity, sales topped 50,000 copies in the first year of release."
    He moved to Sacramento California in 1992, and in 1994 at the age of 28 he began writing "The Notebook". He finished "The Notebook" in only 6 months and sold the right to Warner Books in October of 1995, it was published the following Octotober. His writing career skyrocketed from there and he now has sold over $80 million worldwide, his books are also translated into 45 different languages.