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Author Nicholas Sparks visited Sacred Heart University.

Author Nicholas Sparks journeyed out from behind his writing desk to visit Sacred Heart University. Sparks, who has penned sixteen New York Times bestselling books, including The Notebook and Dear John, took to the stage as part of the university’s award-winning Student Affairs Lecture Series. The author spoke to a packed crowd of nearly 800 students and faculty. He discussed his early struggles as he juggled his job as a salesman with his aspiration of being a full-time writer. Sparks’s life changed forever when Warner Books discovered his manuscript for The Notebook and famously paid the unknown author $1 million. From there, he skyrocketed into the literary force that he is today. True to his humble beginnings, Sparks stayed late into the evening to make sure that all his fans had their books signed.

Photographs by Tracy Deer-Mirek

Donna Stern, Cindy Knopick, Nicholas Sparks and Lisa Boland

Donna Stern, Cindy Knopick, Nicholas Sparks and Lisa Boland

The author signs his book, Safe Haven

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