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Amazon Asks: Nicholas Sparks

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Nicholas Sparks' The Longest Ride was published just over a week ago and will soon be landing on best seller lists near you. We caught up with the mega-best-selling author to learn a little bit more him.


Describe your book in 10 words or less?  

Epic love story, crossed with college-girl-meets-cowboy.

What's on your nightstand/bedside table/Kindle?

Loved Lauren Grodstein’s A Friend of the Family and Daniel James Brown’s The Boys in the Boat.

Favorite books of all time? 

Emperor of the Air by Ethan Canin, The Power Broker by Robert Caro, The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy, and Lisi’s Story by Stephen King.

Book that made you want to become a writer?   

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Catch-22  by Joseph Heller, Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, and all of the works of Stephen King.

Most memorable author moment?   

Hearing Warner Books’ offer to publish my first novel, The Notebook.

What talent or superpower would you like to have (not including flight or invisibility)?  

Uncanny good luck.

Sparks-Nicholas-2013aWhat are you obsessed with now?

My Foundation (nsparksfoundation.org)

What are you stressed about now? 

Wondering how deep the creative well really is.

What are you psyched about now?

Readers’ reactions to my latest novel, The Longest Ride.

What's your most prized/treasured possession?

My wife of course, but I would hardly refer to her as a possession. As far as material items go, perhaps the ring I recently bought for her.

Pen Envy - Book you wish you'd written?

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.

What's next for you?

I have two feature films based on my novels slated to go into production in February 2014, a TV pilot shooting this November, and I’m working on writing two novels simultaneously.

What's the last dream you remember?

I’d rather not say.

Favorite line?

Plan and prepare for the downside, while working hard and intelligently . . . and the upside will take care of itself.

Favorite method of procrastination? Temptation? Vice?  

Reading! I read 150 books a year.

What do you collect? 

Memories.

Best piece of fan mail you ever got?

A letter from a 14 year-old girl, written in such a distinctive, elegant and polished voice that it made me feel as if I had known this girl her entire life!

 

(Photo Credit: Nina Subin)

 

>Visit the Nicholas Sparks author page.

 

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