Nicholas Sparks is a man I would like to marry. No man could writer so beautifully and tell such Wonder3rful stories without being an adoring husband. His stories give a small glimpse of his life and what he finds to be most valuable. His Acknowledgments at the beginning of each novel confirm the thought that he is a considerate, kind man who places love and family upon a pedestal above all else. His wife and children are always mentioned fondly. In his latest book “Safe Haven,” he wrote, “the list begins with my wife, Cathy, who not only has put up with the creative moodiness that sometimes plagues me as a writer, but has lived through a very challenging year, one which she has lost both her parents I love you and wish there was something I could have done to lessen the loss you feel. My heart is with you.” *Sigh* Now that is a man to marry. Not only does he admit to his moodiness, but he portrays endless support to a woman whom he loves. After writing endless best sellers, and novels that have turned motion pictures, the man has every right to place himself upon the pedestal, but it appears as though he remains grounded in remembrance of what has brought him this far.
On nicholassparks.com, he describes his childhood as being imperfect and typical. He had parents who loved him yet struggled financially, like many do. He “grew up on powdered milk and ate tons of potatoes,” never knowing how poor his family truly was. It seems that his parents never let their children know their struggles, and kept them blinded to the hardships. Perhaps, this is why Sparks is able to portray parent-child relationships so wonderfully. He is able to compare how it is to how it should be.
Of course, for the romantic that he is, life began to turn from the past toward the future when he met his infamous wife Cathy. In fact, he told her the day after they met that he “would be married [to her] one day.” In his latest book, his character Alex says the same to his wife when he had first met her. Sparks continuously weaves his emotion and life experiences within the core of every character and love story that he creates.
The down of the tragic loss of his mother who was killed at age 47 in a horseback riding accident, the up of being offered 1,000,000 dollars to the rights of “The Notebook” are all aspects of what has brought Nicholas to where he is today. The loss of his father in a car accident, his sister to a brain tumor and his struggles with his autistic son has left him with an understanding of what is important and the realization that life comes with all sorts of ups and downs, but what matters is who you are and who you love.
I recommend reading “Two Weeks with My Brother,” and his website (nicholassparks.com) for more information on his life and work.
Nicholas Sparks is a man I would like to marry (sorry honey!) He is passionate, talented, and his true character oozes beneath those he creates.