Nicholas Sparks Meet and Greet

2 Oct
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Me and Melissa with Nicholas Sparks.

One of my literary dreams came true last night when my friend Melissa and I met author Nicholas Sparks at Seattle Town Hall.

A few months ago Melissa happened to visit Mr. Sparks’ website and saw he was making a stop in the rainy land of Seattle to promote novel No. 18, “The Longest Ride.”

When Sparks walked on stage with interviewer Warren Etheredge women of all ages cheered for him, so much so Etheredge compared Sparks to The Beatles. For 30 minutes Sparks gave an intimate look at his writing process, inspiration behind his characters, upcoming movies (!) and explained why his style leaves so many of us heartbroken and in tears.

As a commercial fiction author Sparks said his purpose is to move his readers through the whole range of emotions to make them feel as if they lived with the characters through the book. And of course every great love story has to end in tragedy…

He explained happy and sad endings are the easiest to write, where as bittersweet endings are the toughest to pull off when remaining authentic and honest.

14658879_201307121521For the next 30 minutes the floor was open for Q and A. During this time we learned the next Sparks movie, “Best of Me,” will be released October 2014 followed by “The Longest Ride” (2015) and “The Choice” (2016)!! “Best of Me” hasn’t gone into production yet so he was unable to announce the cast, but we should know very soon!

We learned fun random facts about his books and films, my favorite being about the “Dear John” film. They first filmed the book’s ending where (SPOILER ALERT) the boy doesn’t get the girl, but when it was tested with an audience it tested very low. So they scrambled to refilm and splice together scenes for the familiar scene we know from the movie.

After the talk we dashed to stand in line for our chance to spend three seconds with Mr. Sparks himself! As we posed for our iPhone photo I geeked out and said, “We are two of your biggest fans.” Which I feel is a true statement.

Thank you Nicholas Sparks for bringing a little bit of North Carolina to the Pacific Northwest! We look forward to the not one, but two love stories you’re currently working on. We remain your faithful readers.

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