Yesterday I received a phone call from one of the media companies that sends me to screenings for movie reviews, and they asked me if I wanted to interview Nicholas Sparks today, author of A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, and most recently, The Last Song (which he also wrote the screenplay for the film, starring Miley Cyrus and releasing this weekend).
I didn’t know much about Nicholas, other than the fact that I had seen most of the films made from his books. When I think of him, I think of a big box of Kleenex… because that’s what everyone needs when you watch his films. His stories are heart wrenching!
My schedule was swamped, so I declined at first. But then I read a little about him from his own pen on his web page. Fascinating bio… one of the best I’ve ever read! And wow! Nicholas has lost a lot of his immediate family in the last two decades. I can see why so many of his films deal with death, grief, and pain.
The more I read, the more I was impressed with who he was. So I called back and scheduled the interview.
I didn’t know this, but Nicholas grew up about a mile from my house. We went to rival schools, both ran (although he was fast), and played in the same spots along the American River. I found his live story and his journey as an author intriguing.
We had a fun conversation this morning. Great guy. He’s a generous man and seems to be a man of faith. We didn’t have a lot of time to talk, but I think you’ll find the conversation fascinating. We’ll release it in two weeks on our podcast page.