Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with nearly 100 million copies in print worldwide in over 50 languages. Nicholas wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 by Warner Books. He followed this effort with 16 novels, as well as his 2004 non-fiction memoir Three Weeks With My Brother, co-written with his brother Micah. Many of Nicholas’s novels have been made into major motion pictures, with a cumulative worldwide gross of nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars. Click here for more information about Nicholas’s books and films.
In addition to his work in fiction and film, Nicholas is a deeply committed philanthropist, both nationally and in his home community. Between the Foundation and personal gifts, Nicholas and his wife Cathy have given more than $15 million dollars to deserving charities, scholarship programs, and projects.
Nicholas and Cathy live in New Bern, North Carolina, with their five children. In addition to founding the Nicholas Sparks Foundation, Nicholas is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Program (MFA) at the University of Notre Dame, where he provides scholarships, internships, and an annual fellowship. Along with Cathy, Nicholas founded the Epiphany School of Global Studies in New Bern in 2006. As a former full scholarship athlete (he still holds a track and field record at the University of Notre Dame), Nicholas spent four years coaching track and field athletes at the local public high school in New Bern. In 2009, the team he coached set a World Junior Indoor Record in the 4x400 meters in New York; this record still stands. Click here to watch the Runner’s World video with Nicholas.
Emily is a member of the Nicholas Sparks Foundation's Board of Trustees, and she also serves as the Foundation's treasurer.
After five and a half years practicing law at King & Spalding in Washington, DC, Emily joined the Park Literary Group in early 2009. In addition to providing legal and business oversight to the agency, she also serves as a liaison to the film and media industries. She assists the agency's clients--including Nicholas Sparks--on key marketing initiatives, brand development, and philanthropic endeavors. Emily holds a B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.
Tia is currently the Assistant to Nicholas Sparks. She resided in San Diego, California, for 10 years, where she managed a prominent real estate office, before she moved to New Bern, North Carolina, in June 2013. A certified nurse, Tia has always aspired to help others in any way she could. Her passion for children, education, and family brought her to New Bern and to the Nicholas Sparks Foundation. She has known the Sparks family for many years.
“If you give a child a fish, you feed them for a day; if you teach a child to fish, you feed them for a lifetime.” -- Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie.