Nicholas Sparks is an American romance novelist and screenwriter. He has published twenty novels and two non-fiction books. Several of his novels have become international bestsellers, and eleven of his romantic-drama novels have been adapted to film all with multimillion-dollar box office grosses. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska and wrote his first novel, ‘The Passing’, in 1985, while a student at the University of Notre Dame at home for the summer between his freshman and sophomore years at Notre Dame. He wrote another novel in 1989, also unpublished called ‘The Royal Murders’.
After college, Sparks sought both work with publishers, and applied to law school, but was rejected in both attempts. He then spent the next three years trying other careers, including real estate appraisal, waiting tables, selling dental products by phone and starting his own manufacturing business.
His first published work came in 1990, when he co-wrote with Billy Mills ‘Wokini : A Lakota Journey to Happiness and Self-Understanding’, a nonfiction book about the influence of Lakota spiritual beliefs and practices. The book was published by Feather Publishing, Random House, and Hay House, and sales for this first book approximated 50,000 copies in its first year after release.
In 1993, Sparks wrote his breakthrough novel ‘The Notebook’ in his spare time while selling pharmaceuticals in Washington, D.C.. Two years later, his novel was discovered by literary agent Theresa Park who offered to represent him. The novel was published in October 1996 and made the New York Times best-seller list in its first week of release.
With the success of his first novel, he moved to New Bern, North Carolina. He subsequently wrote several international bestsellers, and several of his novels have been adapted as films: ‘Message in a Bottle’ in 1999, ‘A Walk to Remember’ in 2002, ‘The Notebook’ in 2004, ‘Nights in Rodanthe’ in 2008, ‘Dear John’ in 2010, ‘The Last Song’ in 2010, ‘The Lucky One’ in 2012, ‘Safe Haven’ in 2013, ‘The Best of Me’ in 2014, ‘The Longest Ride’ in 2015, and ‘The Choice’ in 2016. He has also sold the screenplay adaptations of ‘True Believer’ and ‘At First Sight’. His 2016 novel, ‘Two by Two’, sold about 98,000 copies during the first week after release. 11 of Nicholas Sparks’ novels have been #1 New York Times Best Sellers.
At this point, the question that might be circling your mind is what is the next Nicholas Sparks movie ? Well, the good news is that we have a clear answer to that question. Here’s the list of upcoming Nicholas Sparks film scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Nicholas Sparks movie would be as good as some of his recent ones.