The Man Himself

2016 UPDATE:

I originally started this post early last year when I was able to meet Nicholas Sparks in person.  As with about everything else in my life, things got in the way and it remained a draft.  Never to be read by others.  Until today.

Working around the house on my day off, cleaning and taking the tree down…I decided to start a movie to listen to “in the background” and thought I’d try The Longest Ride  (novel can be found here: The Longest Ride).  Needless to say, halfway through, I stopped everything I was doing and sat …crying of course, through the second half of the movie.  In TRUE Sparks form, he made me laugh, cry my eyes out and feel my heart bloom with love.

Dare I say…this one was better than even The Notebook.  If you know me at all, you may have just fallen to the floor in shock.  Just remembering the story is bringing tears to my eyes and a smile to my face.

For those of you that have not had the chance to see it yet, the premise is basically this:  The lives of a young couple intertwine with a much older man, as he reflects back on a past love.  The young couple brought together, then torn apart and finally realizing they couldn’t be complete without each other.  The elderly gentleman pulls at your heart strings as he tells his past through love letters to his dearly departed soulmate.

It’s nothing short of absolutely beautiful.

I realized I had this original post and decided now was the time to finalize it and publish.

Nicholas Sparks, you may be the greatest love story teller I’ve ever read, watched and idolized.  You deserve all the happiness in the world.  Thank you for making me want to improve my writing with every single word I put down on paper.



Tuesday evening I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Nicholas Sparks.  As some of you know (or damn near all of you), Nicholas has written 18 novels, most known – The Notebook.  A good friend and I got to sit in on an interview with him, after the interview, we got to meet him.  He’s an amazing person.

I’m always curious how a writer is in person.  I mean, I know who I am and how introverted I can be.  I tend to assume some of the great authors were quiet, introverted, shy people.  Nicholas is exactly what I would have expected him to be.  A real storyteller, even during his interview and random questions from the audience.

He was asked how he decides the endings of his stories.  His answer was he tries to think about what we would expect…and do the opposite.  Bittersweet, that’s how he described his “type” of writing.  Being interested in romance writing, a bittersweet ending is exciting to read.  But it’s too difficult for me to write.  My stories will probably always have that happy ending, the couple has to end up together.  Perhaps one of these days I’ll attempt a sad ending.  I don’t mind killing off my darlings 😉

Nicholas was asked what was that defining moment in his life that had started him into writing.

Some of his other notable mentions would be:

Safe Haven

The Lucky One


A Walk to Remember

The Longest Ride

Most recently:  See Me



One thought on “The Man Himself

  1. I watched this on the big screen and it was AMAZING. So I totally agree with you.

    I admit I did shed a tear or two… 😉

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