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Novelist Nicholas Sparks Gets Into TV

Bestselling novelist Nicholas Sparks is developing projects for television, including a show based on his novel, A Bend in the Road.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story: “Sparks, 46, has put shows into development at three cable networks through Nicholas Sparks Productions, the shingle he started in April with his longtime literary agent Theresa Park. (UTA’s Elise Henderson joined in July as head of TV.)”

What is the secret to Sparks’ success? He told mediabistro in a recent interview:

In the end I don’t know, to be quite frank, so I just try to write the best novel that I can. I have been fortunate in Hollywood; there’s no mistaking that, and you can chalk that up to working with really great producers who made really great films. I have had more than my fair share of luck. But it’s a general rule [that] whenever I conceive of a story, it is primarily as a novel. Certainly some novels that I was sure would sell didn’t sell in Hollywood – The Guardian or The Choice, for example. I was sure those two would sell but they didn’t. So, you take the good with the bad, and you just keep writing your novels.

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