Nicholas Sparks

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Nicholas Charles Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska. As a child, he lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California.

He was injured while breaking the University of Notre Dame record as part of a relay team while a freshman in 1985, and spent the summer recovering and writing his first novel, though it was never published. He majored in Business Finance and graduated in 1988.

Having worked at a variety of jobs, including property appraisal, waiting tables, selling dental products by phone and starting his own small manufacturing business, he began selling pharmaceuticals and moved from Sacramento, California to North Carolina in 1992. His first novel, The Notebook was published in October 1996, and became the first in a string of bestselling books, including A Bend in the Road (2001), True Believer (2005), Safe Haven (2010) and a non-fiction memoir, Three Weeks With My Brother (2004), written with his brother, Micah, which between them were translated into more than 45 languages. His newest book, The Best of Me, was published in October 2011.

Nicholas is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Program (MFA) at the University of Notre Dame, where he provides scholarships, internships and a fellowship annually. Along with his wife, he founded The Epiphany School in New Bern, North Carolina, and spent five years coaching track and field athletes at the local public high school.

Nicholas lives in North Carolina with his wife and family.

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