Did you know that New Bern is very well known for the famous writer, Nicholas Sparks?
Nicholas Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska on December 31, 1965, to his parents, Patrick and Jill Emma Marie. His dad was a professor and his mother was a homemaker. Nicholas Sparks had an older brother, Michael, and a younger sister, Dana. Sadly, Nicholas’ younger sister died from a brain tumor at 33 years old. Nicolas said that his little sister was the reason that he brought the main character to life in the book, A Walk to Remember.
He moved around a lot as a child because of his father’s job. I know all about that personally. At the last count, I had moved 21 times over the course of 20 years! His family finally settled down in Fair Oaks, Ca. Sparks graduated high school in 1984 and was named valedictorian. He decided to attend Notre Dame on a full scholarship through track and field. Sparks majored in business finance and in 1988, Nicholas graduated with honors.
Nicholas met his wife, Cathy, in 1988 and were married the following year. That is when they moved to New Bern, North Carolina.
When Nicholas was in school in 1985, he wrote his very first novel, The Passing, which was never published. But he showed his mom and she was impressed enough to tell him that he needed to continue to write. he wrote his second novel, also never published, The Royal Murders.
After graduating from college, Nicholas looked for work but was never successful in the fields that he tried to enter into.
In 1990, Sparks co-authored a novel that did get published. It was a success with selling 50,000 copies in the first year. That was the break he needed.
Nicholas then started writing some best sellers. His list is extensive and includes the all famous The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, Message in a Bottle, and many more.
Many of his books were written in New Bern, NC and were loosely based on the area. You can see this in several of the novels that were turned in to movies.
All of his books have graced New York Bestsellers list. There have been over 105 million copies sold all of the world in 50 different languages. He is considered one of the best storytellers of his time.
Nicholas Sparks has brought a lot of notoriety to the New Bern area as well as money with his charitable donations. he donated $900,000 to a local school. This is a guy that has made New Bern a much better place by just being there.