Nicholas Sparks is an American romance novelist and screenwriter best known for the novel ‘The Notebook.’ Till date, he has published two non-fiction books and nineteen novels. Several of his novels have attained international success and many of his romantic-drama novels have been adapted to movies, all with multimillion-dollar box office grosses. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Sparks began writing in 1985 while he was studying business finance at the University of Notre Dame. His work got published for the first time in 1990. His breakthrough novel titled ‘The Notebook’ was published in 1996 after being discovered by the literary agent Theresa Park. Since then, Sparks has continued to achieve success in writing. An extremely benevolent person, he contributes frequently to numerous charities including the Creative Writing Program (MFA) at the University of Notre Dame where he funds internships, scholarships, and annual fellowships. On a personal note, Sparks is a doting father of five kids, all of whom he had with his ex-wife Cathy Cote.