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A chat with Nicholas Sparks plus a big giveaway!

September 10, 2009

Nicholas Sparks at Open Book

Nicholas Sparks is the author of sixteen books, eight of which have been #1 NewYork Times bestsellers.  All of his books have been bestsellers and to date, four of them – Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook and Nights in Rodanthe – have been made into movies.  His latest novel, The Last Song, was released on September 8.

I was pretty excited when I saw that Nicholas Sparks was doing a signing at our local independent bookstore for The Last Song.  The last time he was here, the store was mobbed and I walked away without meeting him, so I was trying to figure out a strategy for this event.  Then I heard from the wonderful Miriam of Hachette Books and found out that she had arranged for me to meet and interview him!  I bet you could hear me screaming wherever you were.  The first thing I did was email Julie and Sheri and ask them to help me come up with questions, which they both kindly did.

Nicholas includes our local bookstore on every tour because he lived in our little suburb (actually in the neighborhood right across the street from ours) when The Notebook was published, and they were one of the first bookstores to host a book signing for him and he’s never forgotten that.

The signing was scheduled to start at 6:00 PM and my appointment with Nicholas was at 2:00 PM.  When I arrived at 1:30, the store was packed and he was already signing books.  I took the opportunity to talk to Duff, the bookstore owner, and watch Nicholas interact with his fans.  I asked Duff how many books he’d ordered for the event; he said 1500, and he was concerned that he might sell out.  Nicholas greeted each fan warmly,  gave them his undivided attention when it was their turn in line and willingly posed for picture after picture.

When I had the chance to sit down and talk to Nicholas for a few minutes, the first thing that struck me was how devoted he is to his family.  He usually eats breakfast and lunch with his wife and makes time for his five children every day.  He coached his oldest son’s high school track team and they won seven National Championships and set three US High School Records.  One of the first things he did when he sold The Notebook was buy his wife a new wedding ring.  He’s also remained close to his brother through the years.

Nicholas’s fans are also very important to him.  He said he never forgets who buys his books and recognizes many of the people who come to his signings.  Since he has so many devoted fans, I asked him if he’s recognized when he goes out in public and he chuckled and said no.

When he’s writing, Nicholas writes for four to six hours a day.  I was amazed to find out that he plays DVDs of old TV shows as background noise when he writes.  He told me that he has most of the details – characters, beginning and ending of the story and plot twists – in his head before he starts a book.  I asked him how he can remember all of that and he said the right ideas stick.  If he forgets them that means they weren’t right.  He gets ideas for his novels from events, stories, people and even things he hasn’t done in a while.  Nicholas feels that you have to have a great story to make a great novel.   Some of the characters in his book are based on real people.  He said he’ll retire when he runs out of stories to tell.

Some of Nicholas’s favorite authors are Frederick Busch, Ethan Canin, Michael Chabon, Tom Clancy, Pat Conroy, Nelson DeMille, John Grisham, Carl Hiaasen, John Irving, Joseph Kanon, Jonathan Kellerman, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Christopher Moore, Richard North Patterson, David Payne, J.K. Rowling, Scott Turow, and Tom Wolfe.  He is currently reading South of Broad by Pat Conroy and Christopher Rice’s new novel.

Nicholas strives to make each book better than the last and hopes to write something to be proud of.  Because of this, his most recent book is always his favorite.  Since The Last Song features music, I asked him what kind of music he likes to listen to, and he said he enjoys all kinds.  He wrote the screenplay for The Last Song before the novel, which was a different process for him, but it worked since he had the story mapped out in his head before he began.

I asked Nicholas how it feels to see his work portrayed on the big screen and he said that it feels wonderful and exciting.  He doesn’t nitpick the movie, but looks to see if the spirit of the characters and the story have been preserved, and so far, he’s been pleased with the results, even though he usually has little input.  The movie version of The Last Song is scheduled to be released on January 8, 2010.

The Last Song

Hachette Books sent me five copies of The Last Song to have autographed and give away to five lucky readers. To enter to win one of five autographed copies of The Last Song,  simply leave a comment on this post.  Contest is open worldwide.  I will use to determine the winners.  Contest ends at midnight EST, Sunday, September 27, 2009.  Winner will be announced on Monday, September 28, 2009.

159 Comments leave one →
  1. September 10, 2009 6:25 am

    wowwwww! Awesome! I am very sure I would have jumped and down if I had actually got that chance 😉

    That was an awesome chat! So very nice to know more about him! I don’t think he will retire at all… I am sure he will never really run out of stories 😉

    Thank you SO MUCH for the giveaway, that’s so wonderful 🙂
    givingreadingachance AT

    Thank You so much for sharing this chat here!

  2. September 10, 2009 6:40 am

    How neat to get to meet Nicholas Sparks! I’d love to win a copy – thanks for the chance.

  3. September 10, 2009 6:54 am

    What a fabulous opportunity!

    Sparks devotion to family and fans makes me like him all the more. It’s truly enjoyable to see someone with such great success strive to be humble and lead a most normal life.

    I’m so happy for you to have had the chance to spend time with him. How exciting 🙂

  4. Carrie permalink
    September 10, 2009 6:55 am

    I would love to win this autographed copy. How fun!

  5. September 10, 2009 6:56 am

    What a great interview and great post. I love the way you summarized and organized the chat you had with Sparks. How exciting!

    I would, of course, love to have an autographed book: BFish (dot) Reads (at)

  6. September 10, 2009 7:27 am

    Wow. This is amazing! Please do count me in! Nicholas Sparks! Yay! 😀

  7. September 10, 2009 7:28 am

    I absolutely loved that you got to meet such a famous (and wonderful) author. Your write-up is just great — I actually feel like I know him now!

  8. September 10, 2009 7:30 am

    This is so exciting. I would love to win and read “The Last Song.” I’ve read many of Nicholas Sparks’ books. His books are always wonderful. He seems like such a gentle man.

  9. September 10, 2009 7:30 am

  10. September 10, 2009 7:34 am

    kathy, what a wonderful opportunity for you!!! how did YOU feel going into the interview? was it your first ‘official’ interview with an author?

    i’d love to have a chance like that! kudos to miriam for making it happen.


  11. September 10, 2009 7:35 am

    would love to enter, thanks!

  12. September 10, 2009 8:01 am

    I had never heard of Nicholas Sparks until this summer, when I picked up one of his books, True Believer. I haven’t read it yet, but it does look good. I would loved to be entered into this competition as you mentioned that it was international.

    Well done on actually getting to meet him. He sounds like a really nice guy, very caring to his fans and family.

  13. September 10, 2009 8:22 am

    wow that is so awesome! i think my mom would have killed to be in your shoes!!!

  14. September 10, 2009 8:32 am

    WOW! That is so awesome! I’d probably have run around screaming excitedly if I had such an opportunity. I really like your writeup; you get to know so much about the author.
    I’d love to enter in your giveaway.

  15. Mariag permalink
    September 10, 2009 8:37 am

    That is amazing!! What a great opportunity with a great author.
    Please enter me to win.

  16. September 10, 2009 8:37 am

    I’d love to enter this contest, especially for my mom. She’s been bummed that I didn’t get a review copy of this for her and I think a signed copy in the house would totally make up for that!

    Also, awesome interview! You did a great recap and I’m jealous, I’d love to interview an author in person!

  17. September 10, 2009 8:44 am

    I’m so jealous! I’m glad you got a chance to meet him and have a one on one interview with him. Miriam is awesome!

    I’d love to be entered into the contest. My sisters and I share a special bond over Sparks’ books and I hope we can continue the tradition of reading them together!

  18. September 10, 2009 8:50 am

    If his book is as good as your story about getting the interview, I want a copy!!!

    nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

  19. Karin permalink
    September 10, 2009 8:50 am

    Would love to be entered— thanks!

  20. September 10, 2009 9:02 am

    I haven’t heard of this author before reading your interview with him. You both sounded as though you enjoyed meeting each other. Would love for a chance to win a copy of his book.


  21. September 10, 2009 9:02 am

    What a fantastic competition and you got to meet him and chat with him! I love Nicholas Sparks writing, it is so amazing that a man can write the things he does.

    alaineb at bigpond dot net dot au

  22. September 10, 2009 9:08 am

    Wow, your chat with Nicholas Sparks was revealing and very well done. Kudos to you. I really loved the conversational tone of this post!

    I’d love to be entered to win an autographed copy of the book….consider me entered! 🙂

    I love that he reads Christopher Rice; I love his work. He reads many of the same authors I enjoy. Mom is reading this book now. Wouldn’t it be great to get an autographed copy to show her?! LOL

    Ok, enough of my blathering.

  23. Raymond permalink
    September 10, 2009 9:10 am

    I’d love to check out Nicholas Spark’s latest work!

  24. Angela T. permalink
    September 10, 2009 9:11 am

    Excellent interview. We have some of the same favorite authors.

    atrue at iname dot com

  25. miriamparker permalink
    September 10, 2009 9:18 am

    I’m so glad you were able to meet Nicholas Sparks in your hometown and I love all the things you learned about him! I love his lists of authors to read!

  26. Val Pearson permalink
    September 10, 2009 9:20 am

    OH MY GOSH! You are such a lucky duck! I would love to meet him one day. I am an absolutely fanatic fan when it comes to him and his books! Thanks so much for having the contest. Please enter me and I will be your friend forever! I would be anyway but it did sound good didn’t it?

  27. Amanda Tucker permalink
    September 10, 2009 9:33 am

    Wow! What a wonderful experience.

    Nicholas Sparks’ books have a special place in my heart because it was “A Bend in the Road” that initially sparked my love for reading.

    Congratulations on such a great opportunity!

  28. September 10, 2009 9:44 am

    Sounds like you had a great time! I have never read any of Sparks but I often come across his books at the store and the library.

  29. September 10, 2009 10:11 am

    Enter me please!!


  30. September 10, 2009 10:19 am

    Darned exciting to have a conversation with such a genuine-seeming human being! I’ve heard nothing but good about him. Great piece, Kathy!

  31. September 10, 2009 10:20 am

    What a great giveaway! Thanks! Please sign me up Kathy!

  32. Beth permalink
    September 10, 2009 10:43 am

    Thanks for the giveaway. I just love Nicholas Spark’s books. Please enter me.

  33. Glenn permalink
    September 10, 2009 11:23 am

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’d like to drop my name in the virtual hat.

  34. September 10, 2009 11:26 am

    Pretty cool! I attended junior high school with Nick Sparks and his brother. And, in my early working life, I had a co-worker who was a good friend of his; and he brought me up to date to how they were doing (Nicholas Sparks was in college at that time). Fast forward many years and now he’s an accomplished author and family man. His autobiography (co-written with his brother Micah) “Three Weeks with My Brother” is good, too.

  35. chey permalink
    September 10, 2009 11:36 am

    What a great interview! Everything I’ve read about this book makes me want to read it!

    chey127 at hotmail dot com

  36. September 10, 2009 11:40 am

    Wow. What an adventure you got to have!! I’m jealous and excited for you, all at once.

    I’ve got this posted at Win a Book.No need to enter me, as usual. (Stupid TBR!)

  37. Wanda permalink
    September 10, 2009 11:50 am

    I’ve been a fan of Nicholas Sparks ever since his first book was published. I would so much love to win this book. Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks.

  38. September 10, 2009 11:54 am

    I am a HUGE Nicholas Sparks fan. I’ve read all of his other books. I’d LOVE to win an autographed copy!

    How awesome that you were able to talk to him!!

  39. September 10, 2009 11:56 am

    I would love to win this book, please accept my entry. Thanks for the wonderful interview and the great giveaway.

  40. September 10, 2009 12:06 pm

    Thanks Kathy and Hachette!

    kylee.journal AT

  41. September 10, 2009 12:23 pm

    Nicolas Sparks writes wonderful book and now it’s nice to know he’s a genuine good person as well. Very good interview, Kathy. Your post definitely conveyed your excitement and the fun of meeting a great author. It felt like I was there with you.

  42. September 10, 2009 12:57 pm

    I was just introduced to his books a little while ago and I have recommended them to a lot of my friends and all of them LOVE his work.

  43. September 10, 2009 1:29 pm

    Miriam is the greatest!! So glad you had this opportunity. I think it is nice that the author comes back to the same bookstore that held his first signing – that it so cool!

    Please enter me in your giveaway!

  44. September 10, 2009 1:29 pm

    Please enter me in the contest. Thanks.

    avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it

  45. September 10, 2009 1:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience, Kathy, of meeting with Nicholas Sparks. My mom would be so jealous. She’s a huge fan of his books.

    I’d love to win a copy for her.

    literaryfeline AT gmail DOT com

  46. September 10, 2009 3:21 pm

    He looks and sounds like such a sweetie! Oh the Notebook, I couldn’t even watch the movie because I cried so much with that darn book! He can craft his words and emotions like no other.
    Please enter me

    Thanks Bermuda 🙂
    And lucky you! I know what a great opportunity this was for you.

  47. September 10, 2009 3:21 pm

    I’m a huge Nicholas Sparks fan. The Notebook was an amazing book/movie. It’s in my top 5 favorites.

    I’d love to win this book!


  48. Tammy Duncan permalink
    September 10, 2009 3:24 pm

    Sounds like a real down to earth guy and I loved the fact that he’s such a family man. Please enter me in the giveaway!!

  49. September 10, 2009 3:46 pm

    What a wonderful opportunity!! And it’s interesting how his favorite authors write books so different than the ones he does!

    Please enter me in the contest.

    jennala at cfl . rr . com

  50. Marie permalink
    September 10, 2009 3:53 pm

    That would be so neat, great interview! The book sounds wonderful!

  51. September 10, 2009 3:58 pm

    It so great that you got a chance to interview an author you love! I can imagine that you were extremely excited about getting this chance. Great post.

  52. Lori Barnes permalink
    September 10, 2009 4:04 pm

    I would’ve been no good at interviewing Nicholas Sparks : ) All i would be able to think to say is you’re awesome!!! I would love to have my name into this drawing he is one of my favorite authors!!!

  53. etirv permalink
    September 10, 2009 4:19 pm

    I enjoyed your post! I would love to be entered!

  54. Julie H. permalink
    September 10, 2009 4:21 pm

    What a great interview and adventure for you! I have heard he’s always made time for his family, which is nice to hear these days. Thanks for being able to host such an awesome giveaway! Would love to win!


  55. September 10, 2009 4:37 pm

    Great interview, it was very interesting! Would love to enter,

  56. CherylS22 permalink
    September 10, 2009 4:38 pm

    How wonderful for you! Thanks for the peek into Nicholas Sparks’ life & the chance to win one of his books.

  57. September 10, 2009 4:59 pm

    I am so jealous nothing like that ever happens to me. Le sigh. I’m happy for you though that’s an awesome event one remembers for well always.
    Plus to be giving away great books but for them to be signed copies that just makes me giddy.
    Count me in please. jessica(at)fan(dot)com

  58. September 10, 2009 5:29 pm

    Wow, awesome contest! I really enjoyed Sparks’ Three Weeks With My Brother, and passed it on to my dad. Please enter me for this book – I’d be thrilled to win it!


  59. Marjorie permalink
    September 10, 2009 6:21 pm

    I am a subscriber and would love to win this book.
    The review is excellent.

  60. September 10, 2009 6:57 pm

    Now this is a great giveaway, and a great author.

    This one looks great!

    dd DOT bookgoddess AT gmail DOT com


  61. September 10, 2009 7:05 pm

    Oh, yes, please sign me up. He is the king of clean romance novels. I have only read a few of his books — have seen the movies — but the Notebook really spoke to me. Loved it.

  62. Pam R. permalink
    September 10, 2009 7:09 pm

    I’ve never read any of his novels yet though I’ve seen the movies based on his books and enjoyed most of them! Sign me up please!

    melacan at hotmial dot com

  63. DarcyO permalink
    September 10, 2009 7:20 pm

    Mr. Sparks sounds like a really great guy! I’ve read The Lucky One and that was excellent. I’d like to read this one, too! Thanks for the giveaway!

  64. September 10, 2009 7:27 pm

    I’d love this. I’ve read ALL of his books!!


  65. September 10, 2009 8:07 pm

    Great post. I would love to win.


  66. Julie permalink
    September 10, 2009 8:26 pm

    Great Interview! I would love a chance to win this one!


  67. September 10, 2009 8:47 pm

    This is a great post! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

    I’d love to read The Last Song. Please enter me.


  68. September 10, 2009 8:51 pm

    I am so excited for you, Kathy! You’ve got to love Miriam. She’s the best. He seems like such a nice man.

  69. September 10, 2009 9:08 pm

    What a feather in your cap! Such a wonderful opportunity. Thank you for taking the time to share the man behind the books! It’s so nice to see a man so dedicated to his family.


  70. September 10, 2009 11:39 pm

    Wow, Kathy, what a wonderful opportunity and what a great interview! I caught your excitement from the very start, and it was so nice learning a bit more about Nicholas Sparks!

  71. September 10, 2009 11:57 pm

    count me in please

  72. Cindy V permalink
    September 11, 2009 12:30 am

    Great interview! I would love to win a copy


  73. September 11, 2009 7:38 am

    Wow, Miriam is too fantastic for words!!!

    How wonderful for you that you didn’t have to beat back the hordes of fans.

    I’d love to win this one.


  74. September 11, 2009 8:55 am

    If I win this, I’ll be ♪ your best ♪ friend.♬

    smilingsal55 AT yahoo DOT com

  75. September 11, 2009 9:10 am

    Hi! Mom is hating that she can’t see him tonight in our local Cary Barnes & Nobles. We’re North Carolinians ourselves and love his books! In fact…he taught at my old high school in New Bern years ago!

  76. Carol permalink
    September 11, 2009 11:37 am

    Don’t enter me. I’m not really a Sparks fan. I just wanted to say how cool it was that you got to sit down and talk with him. He sounds like a really great guy.

  77. BeckyM permalink
    September 11, 2009 1:18 pm

    Awesome contest…. would love to win!

  78. September 11, 2009 2:14 pm

    I guess I wouldn’t have recognized him either since I think that’s the first picture I’ve ever seen of him.

    I’m so excited you got to meet and interview him!!
    And yes, please enter me 🙂

  79. September 11, 2009 6:21 pm

    Thanks for the chance.

  80. September 11, 2009 6:36 pm

    That is awesome.

    Please enter me.

    Thank you.

  81. September 11, 2009 7:06 pm

    Exciting – could I enter the contest too, please?


  82. MeMe permalink
    September 11, 2009 8:20 pm

    Great job Kathy………………….

  83. amandasue permalink
    September 11, 2009 11:04 pm

    That must of been so neat meeting Nicholas Sparks! He really is a brilliant writer. And I’d love a chance to read his new book thanks!

  84. September 12, 2009 12:49 am

    Nicholas Sparks…always interesting, always a good read. Would love to have a chance for a copy.

  85. September 12, 2009 9:37 am

    Yay! I’ve just seen this book at the bookstore today. Please enter me for this! Thanks so much 🙂

  86. September 12, 2009 9:56 am

    What a fabulous opportunity! Great interview! I can’t believe he uses old TV shows as background noise either — interesting.

    Anyway please enter me in the giveaway & congrats on the interview (he sounds like a really nice person)

  87. September 12, 2009 11:03 am

    Amazing interview!! Congratulations! I would love a chance to be entered in this one! Thank you both for hosting this giveaway!

    Amy (Park-Avenue Princess)

  88. Debbie D permalink
    September 12, 2009 12:13 pm

    Please include me in your giveaway.

  89. September 12, 2009 1:21 pm

    Wow that’s amazing that you got to meet him and interview him! I’ve heard a lot about this author and definitely want to read something by him.

    Please enter me in the contest 🙂


  90. September 12, 2009 1:33 pm

    Wow, what a great experience. I really enjoyed reading your interview. He seems like such a regular, down to earth guy.

    I’d love to win a copy of his new book!


  91. September 12, 2009 2:01 pm

    I love Nicholas Sparks’ writings. He was in a city close to me last night, however, I was unable to attend.
    He doesn’t live too far from me, about two hours.
    I have not read the latest, and would love to win an autographed copy of it.

  92. September 12, 2009 3:20 pm

    Wow, to meet such an author and have a chance to interview him. Congrats!

    I’ve read several Sparks’ books and enjoyed them. I would love to win this one (especially w/an autograph).

    Great post!

  93. September 12, 2009 4:52 pm

    This was such a great post. I have enjoyed so many of Nicholas Sparks’ books ever since I was in high school. That’s awesome that you got to meet him =)

    I’d so love a chance to win a signed copy of his newest book.

    Thanks so much!

    mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

  94. September 12, 2009 9:55 pm

    First off…what fun for you!!! I loved what you had to say about Sparks. But where’s the picture of you and him together!!???? Were you nervous? I can’t watch The Notebook anymore because I’m always an emotional wreck when I’m done!!! What an awesome post Kathy!!!

  95. September 12, 2009 10:50 pm

    What a great post…and I would have screamed too.

  96. Sue permalink
    September 12, 2009 11:59 pm

    I love Sparks. He always leaves me in tears. Thanks for the giveaway.

  97. September 13, 2009 12:03 am

    Nicholas Sparks books are awsome, I listen to them on CD’s while I work sure make makes my day go by faster and I am less stressed at the end of the day.

  98. September 13, 2009 10:52 am

    How exciting!

  99. Amanda permalink
    September 13, 2009 12:22 pm

    I would absolutely love to win a copy of his new book. His books are so good.

  100. Carol M permalink
    September 13, 2009 1:03 pm

    I always enjoy his books! Thank you for the chance to win this one!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  101. kimi permalink
    September 13, 2009 1:24 pm

    Please enter me.

  102. Caroline Allard permalink
    September 13, 2009 5:06 pm

    I’d like to be entered too =)

  103. September 13, 2009 5:07 pm

    Consider me entered.

  104. tina pollard permalink
    September 13, 2009 8:27 pm

    Can not wait until this is available!

  105. denise permalink
    September 13, 2009 10:27 pm

    Please enter me. I love his books.


  106. September 14, 2009 5:43 am

    Never read his books but head so much good about them so please enter me in your draw.

  107. stacybuckeye permalink
    September 14, 2009 10:40 am

    What a wonderful experience for you! I’m surprised that he has tv shows on when he’s writing. I’ve not heard an author say that before. Please sign me up.
    stacybooks at yahoo

  108. September 14, 2009 12:41 pm

    Enter me please!! Love his books!

  109. Shari D permalink
    September 14, 2009 2:27 pm

    Sounds like my type of book,this would be a great read.

  110. September 14, 2009 11:58 pm

    Thank you for posting this interview and providing an inside look at Spark’s methods.

  111. September 15, 2009 4:54 pm

    What a great piece, Cathy!
    I have never read anything by Nicholas Sparks, but have been intrigued, now reading your post I will definitely read some.

    Please enter me in your great contest.
    baileysandbooks (at) gmail (dot) com.


  112. September 15, 2009 11:19 pm

    Thank you for a wonderful interview, Kathy. I am so happy for you that you were able to meet him and also interview him!
    Please enter me in this great giveaway.

  113. Teresa permalink
    September 16, 2009 8:02 am

    Great interview and giveaway. Add me too, please.

  114. Gina permalink
    September 16, 2009 8:53 am

    Very interesting! I would love to win a copy.

  115. Stephanie permalink
    September 16, 2009 9:47 am

    I have to say that Sparks seems to be one of the lucky ones regarding books into films. I’ve read about many authors who weren’t pleased with the results. I also love Walk to Remember and The Notebook (haven’t seen any others) and am very excited about The Last Song!

    stephaniefleischer889 [at] gmail [dot] com

  116. Dupy permalink
    September 16, 2009 10:05 am

    I read The Notebook sometime ago. It was the only book that made me cry. I got really involved! Loved it =)

  117. September 16, 2009 5:09 pm

    Wow! I’m not surprised you jumped at it. A Walk to Remember makes me both happy and sad all at once. Such a lovely book. I would love to read this one!

  118. emily l permalink
    September 16, 2009 11:25 pm

    I would love so much to read this. 🙂

  119. September 17, 2009 11:27 am

    Nicholas Sparks is one of my favourite authors! I would love to read this book! Thanks!

  120. Beleth permalink
    September 17, 2009 1:28 pm

    Nice book, count me in, i would love to read this book.

    Thank you.

  121. September 17, 2009 9:59 pm

    What an awesome giveaway. I love Nicholas Sparks and have read every book so far. Great interview.

  122. Cherie J permalink
    September 18, 2009 12:31 am

    Please enter me. Thank you!

  123. Megan permalink
    September 18, 2009 11:36 am

    Count me in! Great contest and interview.

  124. September 18, 2009 1:10 pm

    Hi I am a huge Sparks fan but I have not read this book. Would love to. Cheers. Great blog. polo-puppy-fluffy AT hotmail *dot* com

  125. September 18, 2009 2:00 pm

    Lucky, lucky you! Nicholas Sparks came to Rainy Day books here in KC and I attended. It was so awesome. He really does come across as a great guy and a devoted family man. He discussed the school he helped start and I was in complete awe. Read about The Epiphany School on his site. You will want your children there!

    please enter me for a chance to win. I absolutely adore his work.


  126. BlackWolf permalink
    September 18, 2009 8:52 pm

    great contest.. count me in…

  127. September 18, 2009 9:00 pm

    Wow! I am thrilled about this giveaway. A lot of people are. Nicholas Sparks is a great writer and story teller. What an amazing opportunity you got to interview and chat with him. He seems like a real down-to-Earth kind of guy. I love him even more because of his dedication and devotion to his fans. Please enter me!

  128. September 19, 2009 8:48 am

    A book from a very good story teller. Thanks for opening the contest to overseas readers.



  129. caitieflum permalink
    September 19, 2009 12:36 pm

    That is so great that you got to meet him and talk to him!

  130. karen k permalink
    September 19, 2009 12:38 pm

    Love N. Sparks writing…PLEASE enter me.

    karen k

  131. September 19, 2009 6:49 pm

    Wow! I would absolutely love to win one of these! My mom an I are huge fans 🙂 Please count me in! Thanks!

    imsosweepy { at } gmail { dot } com

  132. Judy Cox permalink
    September 19, 2009 7:02 pm

    Oh, that was a great post. How awesome for you!!
    I would love to win this book!! Thanks for the chance.

  133. September 19, 2009 8:44 pm

    Kathy when you told me you were going to meet him I was so excited to hear how it went. Your write up is really good.


  134. September 19, 2009 9:15 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful book. I enjoyed reading about your experience meeting Nicholas Sparks and your summary style to the interview was well done.


  135. September 20, 2009 1:47 am

    No need to enter me. Just wanted to say that I’m thrilled you had a chance to meet with him one-on-one. That’s awesome!! Thanks for sharing with us.

  136. Piroska permalink
    September 20, 2009 2:39 am

    Yes, please! I’d love to enter.

    piroska at tbaytel dot net

  137. Kristi permalink
    September 20, 2009 4:06 pm

    What a great opportunity that must have been to meet him! I’m always impressed with how humble and down to earth he has remained given all his success. He seems like someone you would want to be friends with. I’ve always wanted to meet him, but have never had the chance since I live in California. I bought The Notebook when it was first published and fell in love. Ever since, I’ve bought every book as soon as it comes out 🙂 Thanks for providing this opportunity!

  138. September 20, 2009 5:50 pm

    Please enter me! Great contest and chat 🙂

  139. Cindi permalink
    September 20, 2009 5:55 pm

    My son met Rachel McAdams that starred in his
    “The Notebook” movie! She was filming another movie with Tim Robbins, whom he also met. That is one of my favorite books of Nicolas Spark’s! I would be honored to win this new book by him. Please add my name to your fabulous contest.
    Many thanks to you…..Cindi

  140. peach permalink
    September 20, 2009 11:23 pm

    great post, such an interesting read! i haven’t yet read any nicholas sparks or seen any of the films based on his works (crazy, i know) but i’d love to start with the last song! thank you so much for the awesome giveaway!

  141. Lisa Garrett permalink
    September 21, 2009 6:18 pm

    I would love this! Please enter me.

  142. andrea permalink
    September 22, 2009 2:26 am

    Thanks for such a great giveaway! I liked your post on Nicholas Sparks, I’ve read some of his books but I didn’t know much about him until now…

    adbcoz (at)gmail(dot) com

  143. September 22, 2009 8:02 am

    I have never read any of his books, but I have seen the movies from the books and loved the movies. After reading your interview and how he was with his fans I really want to read some of his books. He seems to be so humble and have such a big heart. I would love to win The Last Song and have it be the first Nicholas Sparks book I read. If I love it though I am going to be a bit upset because I was a online bookseller up until a few months ago and I sold all the books of his I had before moving to my tiny apt (which is why I had to stop selling books)! Thanks for the awesome interview, sharing your experiences with him & the great giveaway!
    Take care,
    Heather (BookObsessedGrl)
    bookobsessed (at) comcast (dot) net

  144. jacque permalink
    September 22, 2009 10:42 pm

    I know I would be thrilled to meet him! I am glad he is a family man and spends time with his 5 kids.great giveaway! Thanks!

  145. Anita Yancey permalink
    September 23, 2009 8:05 am

    This sounds like a wonderful book. I would love to read it. Please enter me. Thanks!


  146. September 23, 2009 10:05 am

    How exciting! I really enjoyed your story and chat with Nicholas, Kathy — that’s awesome. 🙂 I’d love to be entered! Thanks!

  147. September 24, 2009 10:55 am

    Count me in for this one Kathy – although I purchased my own copy and read it already – I would love a signed copy of it.


  148. September 24, 2009 1:38 pm

    Nicholas Sparks has become one of my favorite authors…I have seen him use so many emotions & situations that are “real” that sometimes I use his books as therapy to get through difficult situations. As a librarian I can only keep so many books in my home…but this would definitely be a keeper along with the others I already own!

  149. September 24, 2009 1:51 pm

    The Last Song…another excellent story as Nicholas Sparks “sparks” emotions through his real characters who deal with tragic life events. Not only are they enjoyable to read but sometimes I use as therapy to help deal with the twists & turns that life has to offer. Would love to add this to my collection of Nicholas Sparks books that have become a part of my small library. As a librarian it’s hard to pick & choose keepers..but his books always are!

  150. Becky M permalink
    September 25, 2009 9:55 am

    great giveaway!

  151. September 25, 2009 4:27 pm

    It seems that Nicholas Sparks is just a good person. I alway enjoy his books and interviews with him. Thanks for the chance to win!

  152. Nancye Davis permalink
    September 25, 2009 7:39 pm

    I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win this book! Nicholas Spark’s is one of my favorite authors!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  153. Marie permalink
    September 26, 2009 8:56 am

    I absolutely adoe Nicholas Sparks’s books! Count me in. I’d love to win. 😀

  154. September 26, 2009 8:57 am

    Terrific giveawy. This book sounds so good.

  155. Haley Alice permalink
    September 26, 2009 1:00 pm

    Please please please pick me to win!!
    This is soo amazing!

  156. Dustin Williams permalink
    September 28, 2009 11:54 am

    Thats an awesome giveaway!

  157. Shawna Miller permalink
    March 12, 2010 12:55 pm

    I love Nicholas Sparks books with all my heart. It would be a honor to meet him.

  158. September 13, 2010 10:37 pm

    Great giveaway…great interview too.

    Please enter me to win the book…thanks.

  159. marcella permalink
    December 4, 2010 1:19 am

    I love Nicholas Sparks books VERY much, i work at a Barnes and Noble so i swear i have every book from him. Great giveaway. Nicholas Spark’s is my favorite author! Thank you.
    Marcella 🙂

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