Singing Sparks’ praises, again

With the lack of sunshine and warmth so far this spring, I’ve spent more time reading inside, and must say I’m enjoying it.

Even with the changes from Jay Leno to Jimmy Fallon (who I really like) and Fallon to Seth Myers (another favorite of mine who was recently tapped for the 2014 Emmys master-of-ceremonies slot), I find myself less than mesmerized with TV lately. In fact, I’ve found myself falling asleep as I watch the previous night’s recorded late shows on my DVR.

Not so with reading, especially with my current favorite author, Nicholas Sparks. His talent forcoming up with compelling plots and characters have kept me riveted through several of his novels.

Let me tell you some more about his stories (without saying too much and spoiling your reading experience). My aides have gotten into reading Sparks as well, and have also found movies made from his novels, which are never quite as good as the books they are based upon.

I just finished “The Wedding,” and have also read “A Walk to Remember,” “Dear John,” “Nights in Rodanthe,” “The Choice,” “Safe Haven” and “Last Song.”

I know I have written about Nicholas Sparks before, and I am doing it again because I have read so many more of his books.

I’m always amazed that each and every book has such different characters and plot lines.

Sparks creates characters that the readers wind up caring so much about. When the book finally ends, I am anxious to start the next book.

I recently sent Herman back to the library to get any new titles I have yet to read by Sparks. What I find truly incredible about each book is, he writes in some books about lost love or newfound love; in other books he writes about people who have had their love last for 50-some-odd years.

He also writes in different time frames. The one point of continuity in many of his books is they take place in the South, and North Carolina comes up a lot.

You know how on some book jackets there is a history about the author? Not so with Sparks’ books. I am going to have Herman search for it so I can include it in this column.

According to Wikipedia, of his 17 published novels, 13 have been made into films. The 48-year-old writer has had his novels described as romantic-dramas. He has stated that a sister, Danielle, who died of a brain tumor, was the inspiration for his main character in “A Walk to Remember.” Sparks wrote his first successful novel, “The Notebook,” in 1993, received a $1 million advance, and has scored many successful novels since then. You can find out more by going to his website,

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in New York City and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns and contact information may be accessed at her website,