“I drove from Southern California because I just couldn’t miss the opportunity to meet the most romantic author there is,” said attendee Marjorie Leonon.
Sparks, author of such titles as The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, The Last Song and most recently Safe Haven, stood on a wooden coffee table to address the wall to wall audience.
“I know we are completely braking fire code regulations, so I’ll make this quick and make sure that I see everyone in here tonight, no one will be disappointed,” said Sparks.
Sparks has been writing romance novels since the age of nineteen and with seventeen novels and and 6 movie adaptations with 2 more in the works he remains modest about his success.
“I’m not famous, I just had dinner across the street and about sixty people came in that were waiting to go see me and no one recognized who I was,” said Sparks. “Fame doesn’t do anything for me, I could live with money and power though.”
During his speech he did not speak much about his newest release, Safe Haven, because he didn’t want to ruin anything for the people who haven’t read it yet, but he did divulge that the story is much like a thriller, yet still romantic, and has some of the same elements as his previous book, The Guardian.
He did speak about his new upcoming movie adaptation of The Lucky One which will star Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling.
“It’s quite the dilemma, I don’t know if I should hire myself as the writer or director of the next film,” said Sparks. “If I offer myself the position as director I don’t think I would take my offer as a writer, you can see where this can get weird.”
As he took questions from the female dominated audience, the store was in silence listening to him as he described the characters in his books hoping for a glimpse into his real life.
“The women in my novels are what is attractive to me, they are just like my wife, strong minded , loyal, loving, and will yell at you when they know they are right,” said Sparks.
The female audience swooned as Sparks said rather jokingly, “I like to think I’m most like Noah, and I know other women’s husbands and boyfriends hate my books because I set the bar so high.”
“I came with girlfriend, I haven’t read the books, although she has tried but I do get the ‘why can’t you be more like the guys in the books’ line,” said attendee Davis Ramon. “I’m hoping that waiting here for 5 hours will kind of bridge the gap.”
Sparks alluded to new novel he will be releasing in 2011.
“My next novel will be coming out in September 2011 and let me tell you it is amazing, best one yet…I would love to tell you a little bit about it but I haven’t really thought of the idea yet,” said Sparks.
As the store was closing and fans were still lining up to meet with sparks he made good on his promise and spoke to every person that came to see him that night.
“It’s not my biggest crowd ever, but it’s still just as important, I’ve signed books for thirteen hours and three thousand people, I don’t like to let anyone down.”
To learn more about Nicholas Sparks, read his novels or see his movies visit his website http://nicholassparks.com/index.asp