Afternoon In Beverly Hills
Nicholas Sparks is the most successful author composing dramatic love stories today and SheKnows is sitting across from the writer in a suite in the Four Seasons Beverly Hills to discuss his latest page to screen project, Nights in Rodanthe.
A steady spark of geniusSparks is the mastermind behind some of the the industry's best-selling books of all time.
Just a sampling of his work includes The Notebook, Message in a Bottle, At First Sight, A Bend in the Road and A Walk to Remember.
Sparks has the rare distinction of being the only author other than J.K. Rowling who has spent more than a year on both the New York Times hardcover and paperback best-seller lists.
Sparks' movie yin to his literary yangSheKnows: When I read Rodanthe, I see someone like Diane, but of course, not necessarily Diane. Who, initially, did you see playing Adrienne Willis.
Nicholas Sparks: This is Denise (Di Novi, producer) and my third film together. We did Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, and she did Nights in Rodanthe, so I've learned to trust her judgment. Actually, when she reads it, she does get the images of actors in her head. As I write, I don't. I trust her, she's hasn't gone wrong yet.
SheKnows: No, not at all. Initially, I've spoken with authors who are nervous about the film treatment…
Nicholas Sparks: Of course…
SheKnows: Was there something about Denise that first time you got to know her that you knew right away this was someone who gets you?
Nicholas Sparks: It was, well...boy, that's going back. I've known Denise for eight years. I met her when my kids where nine and now they're getting ready to go to college. In the beginning I was just drawn to the fact she's really good at what she does. She's very honest and genuine person. She's a good producer. She's very consciousness. We have a lot in common - married, kids about to go to college, we go to church every Sunday. We're just similar in a lot of ways. She really gets what I'm trying to accomplish in my books. She understands when I talk about themes.There's a great comfort level.
Up next...Sparks discusses location and its role in his books and films