Through many of the novels author Nicholas Sparks has written, many would wonder where his journey of writing first took off. Nicholas Sparks was born into a small family in Omaha, Nebraska on December 31,1965. With a mother and father, as well as a brother and sister by his side, they had began to move around the country until they finally settled in Fair Oaks, California by the time he was eight years old. He graduated valedictorian in 1984, and received a full track scholarship to the University of Notre Dame. During the summer of 1985, he wrote his first novel The Passing, though it was never published.

He majored in Business Finance and graduated with high honors in 1988. ("About") Fresh out of college, Sparks married Catherine Cote in July 1989. Six weeks later his mother was killed in a horseback riding accident at the age of 47. The same year, he wrote his second novel, The Royal Murders but it was also never published. He then decided to choose a different career due to the rejections by publishers and law school as well. He tried out a number of short-term jobs looking for something that captivated his interest.

After trying a number number of short term jobs, he finally started his own business by manufacturing orthopedic products. wrote yet another book, Wokini with Olympic Gold Medalist, Billy Mills.. It was published by Feather Publishing and sold about 50,000 copies in the first year it was released. He sold his business and began selling pharmaceuticals and moved from Sacramento, California to North Carolina in l992 with his family. In l994, at the age of 28, he gave writinng another try and wrote The Notebook over a period of six months. In October 1995, rights to The Notebook were sold to Warner Books.

It was published in October 1996, and he followed that with Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001), Nights in Rodanthe (2002), The Guardian (2003), The Wedding (2003), True Believer (2005), At First Sight (a sequel to True Believer) (2005), Dear John (2007), The Choice (2007), The Lucky One (2008) and a non-fiction memoir, Three Weeks With My Brother (2004), written with his brother, Micah. All of his books were published with Warner Books / Grand Central Publishing. All were domestic and international best sellers, and his work has been translated into more than 35 languages.

His newest book, The Last Song, was released in September 2009. ("News") Later, many of his novels including Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, Dear John, and The Last Song were made into films between 1999 - 2010. Sparks largely retired from coaching in track and field.. But with the release of Dear John and The Last Song, it was still an incredibly busy year for him . He wrote and released his sixteenth book Safe Haven in September 2010. As of today, Nicholas' father and sister have passed away, he is a father to 5 children, and is currently living in North Carolina with his wife and family.