Ask Anything: 10 questions with Author Nicholas Sparks
Author Nicholas Sparks answers your questions about his favorite character, romance in his personal life and which book was the most difficult to write.Posted — Updated
True Believer, primarily because it had a happy ending and included the magic of falling in love.
Stephen King. He's the finest American writer of the last 25 years.
I suppose you'd have to ask my wife, and in interviews she's had, she's always said yes. Of course, I was sitting beside her at the time. I will say that we have a wonderful relationship and she appreciates romantic gestures, both of which make me want to do them.
Landon Carter. I liked the way he matured in the novel.
The Guardian was far and away the most challenging to write. It's difficult to write a thriller, and at the same time, a love story. Love stories are internal-conflict-driven novels, while thrillers are external-conflict-driven novels, and in this instance, the love story had to take priority.
The challenge, I suppose, can be summed up like this: How do you keep the reader more interested in two people falling in love, when you've also inserted a crazy stalker just outside the window. Naturally, the reader is interested in the latter. But I had to keep them interested in the former. That's why falling in love generally doesn't "feel real" when they're inserted into thrillers.
I'm involved in the evaluation of the screenplay, and generally, I visit the set once or twice. Aside from the premiere, that's it.
Yes. Some have characters inspired by people I know (The Choice, A Bend in the Road), others by events (A Walk to Remember, The Notebook). I come up with story lines by thinking and asking myself "what if?" type questions. At some point, I know I have a story.
Writer's block, to me, means that sub-consciously, I realize I've made a recent error, either in character or plot. So I back-track and instead of writing, I edit until I get into the flow again.
I'd like The Rescue made into a film. I think it would be a good one. As for a novel that might be best left as a novel ... probably, The Wedding. It was a sequel to The Notebook (novel), not a sequel to The Notebook (film). In the film, Noah dies, so it simply wouldn't work, since Noah is a major character in The Wedding.