Nicholas Sparks: An American Classic Essay

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Nicholas Sparks, an American author, writes love stories. His novel, The Notebook, was nominated for book of the year in 1997. Nicholas Sparks’ novels are translated into over thirty-five languages. He did not always dream of being a writer. Nicholas Sparks grew up in several different places as a child in a poor but educationally rich family and is now a best selling love novelist.
Growing up in a family that focused on education, Nicholas Sparks would eventually graduate at the top of his class. He was born on December 31,1965 in Nebraska. His parents were Patrick Sparks, who was a college professor, and his mother was Jill Sparks, who was a homemaker. He was the second child of three, one older brother and a younger sister. As a child he moved around quite a bit. He lived in Minnesota; then Los Angeles, California; and Grand Island, Nebraska; then finally at age eight settling in Fair Oaks, California. His family moved around while his father finished up his graduate work. He did not realize how poor his family was until he could take an honest look of things, but that did not concern him because he had a wonderful childhood and would not want to change a thing. When he went off to college in Indiana, he attended Notre Dame and was offered him a full track scholarship. While running on the track team his freshman year he set a school record that still stands today, unfortunately the season did not end well for Nicholas, with an Achilles tendon injury. (biography.com) During his time off and recovering his mother encouraged him to write a book to make good use of his time. He wrote a book in seven weeks called, A Work of Horror, even though it was never published it opened his eyes to what he enjoyed doing, writing. He earned his degree in finance from Notre Dame. (Newsmakers)
Nicholas met his future while attending Notre Dame on Spring Break in 1988, and they got married a year later. Nicholas wrote Catherine 150 letters in a two-month time. They later had five children together while continuing to pursue writing. His mother was killed in a horseback riding accident, at age 47, this happened six weeks after being married to Catherine. Nicholas was not always a writer and after his mother’s death and new marriage to help support his family he had side jobs. He settled on a career that was manufacturing orthopedic goods. During this time Nicholas still continued to write and in 1994 he teamed up with Billy Mills, a friend and Olympic medalist in track, to write a book together. The book sold well and then was picked up by Random House. In 1992 he sold the business and went into pharmaceutical sales. Sparks wrote unpublished novels in his free time while holding other jobs. His father was killed in automobile accident and once again he turned to writing for comfort.
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