Birth Name: Nicholas Sparks
Birth Place: Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Born in Omaha, Nebraska, when his father, who would go on to become a college professor, was still in graduate school, Sparks spent his early life moving around with his family until they settled in Fair Oaks, California. He finished high school as class valedictorian, attended the University of Notre Dame on a full athletic scholarship and graduated with honors, but the initial promise of his youth did not immediately follow him into young adulthood. For the first few years following his graduation he bounced around in a series of unsatisfactory jobs in sales, food service and real estate before landing work as a pharmaceutical salesperson in the early 1990s. Sparks had been dabbling in wri...
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