FC: Nicholas Sparks By:Ashlyn Griffin
1: Nicholas was born on December 31, 1965 in Omaha Nebraska. | Sparks lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles and finally Nebraska where he lived permanently. His family was never very privileged but he said he had a great childhood.
2: Nicholas graduated as the class valedictorian and got a full track scholarship to the University of Notre Dame. | Sparks set the school relay record for track but his career soon was ended from an achilles injury.
3: While he was injured he took up the career of writing. He wrote his first novel during this time but it was not published.
4: He graduated in 1988 and later met his wife Cathy. | Later that year however his mom got in a tragic horseback riding accident and died at age 47. After the accident Cathy and Nicholas moved to Sacramento where he continued to write.
5: In 1944 Sparks teamed up with Billy Mills to publish his first book, Wokini:A lakota Journey to Happiness and Self Understanding, it sold moderately well.
6: A Smile As Sweet As Spring | In 1992 Nicholas and Cathy had their first son. Their budget was tight so Nicholas decided to write three more novels and if none of them published he would move on to a different career.
7: For the next 6 months in, June 1994, Sparks began the manuscript that would soon become The Notebook.
8: April Showers Bring May Flowers | Now living in Greenville, South Carolina, Sparks found an agent and a publisher and went from being an unknown author to an author with a book deal and a $1 million movie rights contract.
9: Once again Tragedy struck the Sparks family when his father died in a car accident at age 54. Later Nicholas continued to write for comfort and wrote Message in a Bottle based on his parents relationship.
10: In 1977 he managed to sell Message in a Bottle to a Hollywood studio before it was even finished. It was later made into a movie starring Kevin Costner and Paul Newman
11: it's always spring in a mother's heart | Nicholas wrote The Rescue and A Bend in the Road in 2001 and in 2002 he wrote Nights in Rodanthe.
12: In 2004 he wrote The Wedding andThree Weeks with My Brother which was about the journey Nicholas and his brother had when they found out they were the only living members of there family which was shortly after his younger sister Daniel died of cancer in 2000 at age 33.
13: Sparks continued his connection with track supporting his oldest son, Miles. Also he was on the USA track team board of directors. Nicholas and his wife now live in New Bern North Carolina and have five children, Miles, Ryan, Landon, Lexie and Savannah.
14: BOOKS BY NICHOLAS SPARKS: Wokini: A Lakota Journey to happiness and Self Understanding The Notebook The Rescue A Bend in the Road Nights in Rodanthe The Wedding Dear John The Lucky One Three Weeks With my Brother
16: "Blossom by blossom the spring begins" | Dear John is a very touching story about a rebel boy, John Tyree, and his his father, who suffers with Asperger's syndrome and a couple who is trying to share there love connection while John is stationed over seas in Germany.
17: My favorite part of the book is probably at the end when John realizes what true love really means.
18: Also one of my favorite parts is at the end when John is staring at the full moon and sees Savannah come out and look at it too, it was a very touching moment. | It's a beautiful day, don't let it get away.
19: A Smile As Sweet As Spring | "This presentation contains copyrighted material used under the educational fair use exemption to U.S. Copyright law." (Simpson, 70)