American romantic author whose novels A Walk To Remember and The Notebook have both been adapted into films. He published nearly twenty books between 1996 and 2013 and also worked as a screenwriter and producer.
He was his high school's 1984 valedictorian and received a track and field scholarship to the University of Notre Dame. Following his college graduation, he worked a string of odd jobs, including real estate agent and waiter.
More than six of his novels have been made into films.
He and his two siblings were born in Nebraska to business professor Patrick Sparks and homemaker Jill Thoene Sparks. He met his future wife, Cathy Cote, in 1988, and the couple became parents to five children before separating in early 2015.
His novel, The Last Song, was adapted into a film starring Liam Hemsworth.