Nicholas Sparks

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Nicholas Charles Sparks (born December 31, 1965 in Omaha , Nebraska ) is an American writer .


Sparks' family moved frequently. She moved from Omaha to Minnesota , then to Los Angeles in 1969 , from there to Grand Island (Nebraska) for a year and finally to Fair Oaks , California . After graduating from high school in 1984, he received an athletics scholarship to the University of Notre Dame in Indiana . He holds a university record in the relay race. After completing his bachelor's degree in business finance in 1988, which he graduated with honors, he did not succeed in getting admission to the law degree . Since his first two novels , which he wrote while studying, had been rejected, he got by with various jobs. Among other things, he worked as a real estate agent , renovated houses, worked as a waiter and telephone seller, until he then founded his own small company, which, however, soon struggled with financial difficulties and was sold. Then he worked as a pharmaceutical agent.

The two novels written during his university days remained unpublished. In 1990 he wrote Wokini or The Search for Hidden Happiness with Billy Mills , which was published by a small publisher. In June 1994, Sparks began a novel based on the story of his wife's grandparents, entitled Like a Single Day , which became his first worldwide bestseller . Other novels followed, some of which were made into films.

Sparks was married to Cathy Cote since 1989 and lives in North Carolina , which is where most of his novels are set. The couple separated in January 2015. They have five children: sons Landon, Miles, Ryan and twin girls Lexie and Savannah. Sparks used his children's names for main characters in his books; a book character was also named after his wife.

Sparks' novels vary the motif of "redemption through love": The protagonists escape threats from war or illness or other catastrophes by taking the path to great love. Dramaturgically, Sparks readers move in a safe world; it almost always turns out the way you hope it will. He wrote love stories because his first one was so successful; Adultery, vulgarity, or premarital sex does not occur with Sparks. The novels, as the German journalist Nina Rehfeld sums up, “are just about this side of pure lard ”.

Sparks published seventeen novels by 2013, eight of which were made into films. The film adaptations grossed $ 660 million. His novels were in print in 45 languages ​​with a total print run of eighty million copies.

In 2008, Sparks, a staunch Catholic, founded a Christian school in New Bern , North Carolina , the Epiphany School of Global Studies. He was later sued by the principal of that school for being racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic.


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Individual evidence

  1. Nicholas Sparks Biography. In: Retrieved January 19, 2011 .
  3. a b c d e f Nina Rehfeld: With him you are always in a safe haven . Interview, in: FAS , February 24, 2013, p. 60
  4. Sparks: "I want to get into number one". In: March 4, 2016, accessed January 16, 2018 .
  5. Sparks homepage , accessed September 20, 2014
  6. Amanda Holpuch: Lawsuit accuses Nicholas Sparks of racism, antisemitism and homophobia . In: The Guardian . October 2, 2014, ISSN  0261-3077 ( [accessed August 26, 2017]).