Nicholas Sparks' Ride in New York City

(Originally posted: September 24, 2013)

UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, NY- Barnes and Noble opened their doors last in Union Square for a huge book signing event. As the seats filled up on the fourth floor, excitement overtook the many fans waiting for romantic novelist Nicholas Sparks! Sparks was in the city to promote his latest novel The Longest Ride, which was released on September 17, 2013.

As he walked onto the platform, fans cheered, took photos, and applauded. Nicholas Sparks took a seat and was interviewed by another writer (whose name I currently can't remember). Sparks spoke about his book, the writing process, and what inspires him to write such beautiful love stories. When asked why does he make people cry when they read his novels, Sparks replied "I want my readers to experience all emotions while they are reading the story. Love is the most powerful emotion there is, but there can't be love without sadness."

Sparks says he likes to write his novels as if he is writing a screenplay, and wants his readers to connect with the characters. The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, Message in a Bottle, Dear John, The Last Song, The Lucky One, Nights in Rodanthe, and Safe Haven have been adapted into films. Nicholas Sparks'then got to signing his books and greeting his fans.

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks is now available. 

Photos: Rosa Elena Burgos

Update: The Choice and The Best of Me have also been adapted into films.

Last updated: June 25, 2019