Nicholas Sparks is a novelist, screenwriter, and producer who is best known for the books and film adaptations of "A Walk to Remember," "The Notebook," and "Safe Haven."
During his education at Notre Dame, Nicholas wrote his first novel, "The Passing" (unpublished), while he was home on summer break. After college, he attempted to find work with publishers to no avail, and went on to work in other jobs, including waiting tables, real estate appraisal, and selling dental products. His first published book, "Wokini: A Lakota Journey to Happiness and Self-Understanding," was co-written with Billy Miles in 1990. Shortly thereafter, he wrote "The Notebook," and was discovered by a literary agent, who offered to represent him. "The Notebook" quickly skyrocketed him to fame when it earned a spot on the New York Times bestseller list in its first week of release.
He went on to publish multiple international bestselling novels, including "The Guardian," "At First Sight," and "The Choice." Eight of his books have been adapted into successful films, such as "Message in a Bottle" in 1999, "Nights in Rodanthe" in 2008, and "The Lucky One" in 2012.
Nicholas met his future wife, Cathy Cote, while studying at Notre Dame. The two married in July of 1989 and have five children: Miles, Ryan, Landon, Lexie, and Savannah.